Interview by John Wisniewski
John Wisniewski: John, you have a new single out “Not Dark Yet”. What inspired the new record? What may inspire you to write?
John Waite: I started out recording with a full band but I couldn’t relate. Everything sounded too familiar. No matter how a tried nothing moved me. The Wooden Heart series was always in the back of my mind so I just turned my attention to that. Everything clicked. I’d been toying with the idea of covering Bob Dylan’s Not Dark Yet for some time. It’s a big song. I cut it much slower and didn’t listen to the original. I knew it. It’s my take on a masterpiece. I hope I brought something to it. More and I 95 just happened. The sessions lasted about two weeks. It was good to be interacting with strong musicians again. It kick started my writing again.
John Wisniewski: You are an artist as well as songwriter. How long have you been drawing?
John Waite: I spent four years at art school studying illustration and design. Art has always been part of my life. On the road I get the chance to visit museums and see some great paintings. I’ve been painting again to fill in the time with lockdown. I’ll always paint.
John Wisniewski: Any favorite bands?
John Waite: I’m always hearing music I respond to. New artists are always breaking through. It’s really about women artists at the moment. There’s such a lot of music now. All the great albums from the last 60 years are available too. Maybe that’s why I made Wooden Heart 1 2 3. It’s direct. Simple.
John Wisniewski: What was it like writing and recording “Missing you “?
John Waite: Missing You came out of nowhere. At the 11 th hour. The last song to go on the album. Everything changed after that.
John Wisniewski: Will you be playing any live dates?
John Waite: So far we are edging forward with live dates. Some are private with social distancing. Everybody wants to play. I’m not about just going out there and saying ” f***k it “. I want the audience and my band to be safe. I would think the more people get vaccinated the faster we’ll be back on the road. We have 10 dates in Holland at the end of the year. That’s what we’re shooting for. My fingers are crossed.
John Wisniewski: Any future plans or projects?
John Waite: I’m writing a new album at the moment and will be recording again soon. I’m pretty much focused on the new Wooden Heart release at the moment. It’s all good. There’s a documentary coming out this year on my life so there’s a lot going on !!! I didn’t see that coming. It’ll be an interesting year ! Onward !!!!
John Wisniewski: What was it like being in The Babys And Bad English?
John Waite: Being in a band is great for a year or two but after that everyone seems to want to go off and do something else.