Q & A LIAM NAUGHTON AND THE EDUCATORS

Liam Naughton discusses writing 90s earworms and his latest EP



Liam Naughton and The Educators are London based rockers of Irish and

Australian descent whose music is an eclectic mix of brutally grungy

guitars and effortlessly melodic earworms.


“Exceptional songs with many a throwback to 90s influences” - The

Music Magazine.


“It was playing in the background at work one day, but I listened to

every word. It was the first time I’d heard Neil Young’s ‘Harvest

Moon’. I was 30, and after years of excuses, that was it! I was going

to learn the guitar and become a songwriter.”


Not long after his wake up moment, Liam moved from his home country of

Ireland to Perth, Western Australia, to isolate himself in order to

focus on his chosen path. Influenced by The Beatles, RHCP, Nirvana,

Radiohead and the general sounds of the of the 90s, Liam worked day

jobs, played in bars and wrote songs.


The story of his start / stop / crash / bang / restart career as a

performer and recording artist is set to be published as an

autobiography, appropriately titled ‘Liam, what the fuck are you

doing?’. The movie rights are available.


Currently living in London, Liam is playing the capital’s clubs with

his three-piece band promoting a series of mini-albums due for release

throughout 2020.


“His voice is a versatile instrument. Those looking for an earnest,

sparky and diverse singer-songwriter fare need look no further” -

XPress Magazine


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


Hello hello and thanks for taking the time to have a chin wag. My

latest record ‘Cut On A Cut’ was released on 19th June and it’s gone

down like a spoon of honey…smooth and sweet but not overly so, and

like honey, I hope it never gets old. People really dig it eh.

Promise Cross Your Heart went to No 1 on IT’s Indie Top 40 chart so

that was a first for me. Well, a double first…1st on the chart and the

first time having a No 1


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


OK, I choose Life In Technicolour track for this one. And Technicolour is

spelt with a ‘u’ so not the American way. I know someone who has

suffered mental issues for a long time now. They have had to take

Lithium to keep them from flipping out. Problem is when they take Li

it makes the whole world look grey and drab. But without it, life

looks like a technicolour movie.


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


I think there’ll be something in Cut On a Cut that’ll suit a lot of

different tastes. Yeah, all the songs are pretty meaty and gritty both

from a musical and lyrical perspective. No two songs are the same.


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


Musically, my get of my arse moment was when Danny Murphy hit the play

button on Harvest Moon in the background at work. When it finished I

asked “Can you play that again?”. I thought it was brilliant, the way

Neil Young put down his lyrics. After years of bull shitting myself I

bought a guitar and practised 4 hours a night, 6 hours on weekends for

6 months straight. I started writing soon after that so yeah, thank you Mr Young


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER

ARTIST?


Party Words from Cut On A Cut  is about the 4 seasons of a party. Ya

know, guests show up, people start getting high or drunk, doing

naughty things in the bathroom, then the lust takes over and before

you know it your back to reality. I shot some a home video for it here

in Australia. Got myself down to IKEA, bought 20 finger puppets and

put them to work. They’re great, ya know puppets, they do exactly as

you tell’em. So I cut up some spuds and made stands out of them with

popsicle sticks and got them doing all sorts. It’s pretty cool, check

it out. But if I was to pick my fav video from forever it would be Sledge

Hammer by Peter Gabriel.





WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


Mmmhh…. My 3 main interests in life are music, science and shagging

donkeys…na, only joking, sports. So if I'm not twanging my guitar I’m

probably down the pub watching a game of rugby or looking up into the

sky wondering about how we got here. I’m going to dedicate 5 years of

my life some time to try to figure out the double-slit experiment. And

no, it’s not a porn movie hahaha


DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


No, well maybe a little but is more adrenaline than nerves. If I’m

playing a solo gig it more amplified and there’s no hiding spots but

I’d recommend a couple of pints that’s all, a couple before and one

on stage and should be good to go.


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


Well, I first went to a studio here in Perth, Jericho Music, to record

my first EP Cornerstone released in 2013. It was just me and Jerry

Freedman the producer working on every aspect of the tracks. When we

finished pre-production we got in some session musicians to do their

parts. After it was released I then got players in for the live shows

and the band evolved from there. I now have the honour of playing with

great musicians when I’m home here in Oz, The Educators Australia

and If I’m in Europe I can also call on The Educators UK


HOW DO YOU WRITE?


I write the songs and the process is to sit down with my sometimes

friend / sometimes enemy Mr Acoustic Guitar. Wrestle with him, grab him by the throat and force him to the ground until he gives me something that I like; something fresh and

interesting in the chord prog or timing signature. Then I play him

over and over and over and over until he makes perfect sense and drags

a lyric out of me that I can develop into something that makes him and

me good friends again…..until the next time we sit down again (and

have a chat).


WHAT INSPIRES YOU?


I write about the things I see and feel every day. Some things pass

you by but, whatever your make up, be it nature or nurture some things

make your ears prick up. Things that affect you deep inside your soul

(not trying to be over dramatic) I guess. Just every day things; I’ve

a lot of empathy for this world. Wish I could turn it off sometimes.

I’ve written about mental illness, addiction, life, love, loss,

fascism (Combat Kevin from Leaning In), how we can’t control life,

prostitution, happiness, sadness, goodness, badness, three bags

fullness etc etc. I’ve just written a song about ‘Harvey Weinstein’

that’ll get a run on the next LP. I called it ‘Harvey Weinstein’ cause

I like to be cryptic. They’re all stories anyway



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