It is safe to say that we are all missing the club. From the sweet sounds of dance music to the overpriced drinks, we are all in desperate need of a night out. While we cannot physically take ourselves to the dancefloor, Yorkshire-born producer Naylor’s new track promises to transport you there – even if it’s just for a few minutes. Featuring the ethereal vocals of singer-songwriter Mai Kino, the producer offers his second single “Alone”. Infused with the sound of summer, the track nods to the techno genre as we are offered a synth-filled soundscape accompanied by echoing vocals and thumping beats.
“The idea was how to develop a story with quite abstract vocal elements,” states Naylor – aka Peter Ibbetson – when explaining how the track came to fruition. “The idea was to start small and keep building texture and percussion without it getting out of hand. My production and writing process is generally spending time recording lots of elements and then revisiting and stripping things back to the necessary elements which convey the emotion of the track’.”
Before he began as a solo producer, Naylor also had a vibrant career as a musician which saw him tour with the likes of George Fitzgerald and Rosie Lowe. His touring experience – mixed with his upbringing in an overtly musical household – shines through in his work and it is clear that his music is steeped in a deep knowledge of his craft. Following on from his debut track “The Message”, “Alone” is set to further propel Naylor’s career, and, with an upcoming EP on the way, we personally can’t wait to hear all of Naylor’s tracks blasted by the DJ when we finally make our return to the club.
Check out our interview with Naylor below….
Hey Peter how has this past year been for you?
This past year has been surprisingly productive! There, however – along with everyone else – has been a struggle to stay focused with such a change in family and work-life but on the whole, I’ve tried to stay on top of being creative and making sure to stay connected with family.
How has it affected your creativity?
With an enforced break in touring, work and life in general, I was able to finally make some music without feeling time or creative constraints. The Naylor project is a direct result of the enforced isolation and I’m now looking forward to seeing this new persona out in the real world.
You’re originally from Halifax, moved to Cornwall and then to London, why the change?
I grew up in Halifax and we moved as a family down to Cornwall when I was 16 as we had family who had moved down there. The move then to London was all about finding a life in music. As much as I love Cornwall, the music scene is quite small and at the time I wanted to see what London had to offer. Still here 12 years later and still finding new people and new music!
You cite Motown and soul as one of your inspirations, what about this era inspires you?
That sound reminds me of my childhood and my first experiences of what music can do and how it can make you feel. I grew up playing the drums along to Al Green and Otis Redding records. I love the storytelling of those songs and as I produce a lot of the music with machines, it keeps me honest and reminds me to put live drums on all my tracks to really give a unique and honest feel!
Congratulations on your new single “Alone”, talk us through the production process and inspiration?
Thank you! This track came about really quickly. One of those where the idea arrives and the track just falls into place. The idea was how to develop a story with quite abstract vocal elements. The idea was to start small and keep building texture and percussion without it getting out of hand. My production and writing process is generally spending time recording lots of elements and then revisiting and stripping things back to the necessary elements which convey the emotion of the track. Compared to my early tracks, I love the sparseness of “Alone”.
It also features Mai Kino, what was it like working with someone remotely in lockdown?
We actually managed to get in the studio before the last lockdown in 2020. We did a socially distanced session where I brought little sketches and ideas and asked Mai Kino to improvise and just feel her way through to see if anything happens naturally. The vocals for this were taken from her, very quietly thinking through melodies and lines. I love the improvisational process, to begin with then crystalising elements into a finished idea. It was among the first time I as a producer had done writing sessions with vocalists and one thing Mai and I have in common is we are both quite introverted, so the session started very tentatively but gradually we got little sketches together and it turned into “Alone”.
The single is a follow up from your debut, “The Message”, how do you think this single differs from your first?
“The Message” was definitely written for the festivals that never happened in 2020. “Alone” feels more intimate. Also, having Mai Kino on “Alone” gives it another personality that only comes about with collaboration.
You’ve toured with some amazing people like George Fitzgerald and Rosie Lowe, what was this experience like?
I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to travel and play music with some amazing people. One thing that I’ve always enjoyed is collaboration and interpretation of other peoples ideas. I learned something different from each of the people I’ve played with and this process has definitely had an impact on my own work. Both George and Rosie were encouraging of me when I took my first steps into production and putting out my own music, which is always nice to have from people who know the ups and downs of this industry!
You’re set to release your EP later this year, what can we expect?
This first EP represents the first steps of Naylor. There are bits of ambient interludes, live drums, drum machines, lots of synth, some more collaborations and hopefully first steps into taking these tracks to a live context which at this stage seems a terrifying prospect having not played for over a year, but one I’m very much looking forward to!