WHAT ARE SOME NEW BANDS THAT YOU’RE LISTENING TO, FOR INSPIRATION AND WRITING NEW SONGS?
There’s a lot of fresh awesome music out right now. I’ve been listening to Beach House, Yellow Ostrich, Santigold, M83, You Won’t, Arcade Fire, Washed Out and TV On The Radio just to name a few. I always go back to bands like the Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison’s solo stuff, The Clash and a few other staple bands from the past for inspiration too.
WHEN YOU BRING A NEW SONG TO THE WORSHIP TEAM, WHAT ARE TWO OR THREE SKILLS FOR MUSICIANS THAT ARE VERY HELPFUL FOR YOU IN THE WORKSHOPPING PROCESS?
The best musicians to work with are the ones that understand that the song is more important than their parts and chops. The song is everything, and the last thing you want in a workshopping session is someone who just wants to rip out every guitar riff they can think of, or play every crazy fill they know.
The second thing that helps is someone who has the desire to make the song fresh and different to another song. At the end of the day, the goal for our songs is to allow people to enter into the presence of God with ease. So sometimes you don’t want to make a song too crazy, but I feel like there is always room for fresh creative ideas in worship.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SCRIPTURE IN REGARDS TO WORSHIP LEADING?
Isaiah 40 always reminds me of how amazing God is. It’s one of those scriptures that demand a response of praise. Your spirit can’t help but be repositioned again.