Freemasons: Saviours Of Popular Music!
Chart-spotters, have you noticed a strange phenomenon occuring around a few high-profile single releases, particularly those of American R&B stars? No, it's not that they're starting to run out of convincing ways to talk about sex without using any graphic terms (although...) or that some of the romantic scenarios they sing about are actually probably more grubbily sordid than delightfully naughty (ALTHOUGH...).
No, the thing I'm talking about is when a singer puts a new song out, and everyone buys it for the remix version, leaving anyone who hasn't heard the remix mystified as to why the original song - which isn't all that, really - has been such a massive hit.
It happens a lot to former members of Destiny's Child, for some reason.
Well, here's the two blokes who are making this happen. Freemasons are duo-handedly improving the quality of modern pop music, making dull things shiny, and silk purses out of sow's ears. They're magicians, I tell you!
Here's me talking to James 'Mason about how they do it. I've left the bit at the beginning in just so you can experience the fun of two grown men trying to converse while failing to understand each other in any way, shape or form...
There's a DVD Extra to this interview, in the form of a potted history of the Freemasons. Not the band this time, I mean the 'secret society' with the rituals and the secret handshakes and all that. James seems to know an immense amount about it, and frankly, a musician who can talk for this long on a subject which is not a) what it's like in the studio b) lyrics or c) himself, is only to be applauded. Hence the little gush at the end there.
Here's the video for 'When You Touch Me', which is out on June 30th...
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