Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bright Light Bright Light 'Touring with Elton is Amazing!'

Elton John is at the Metro Radio Arena on July 2, with support from Bright Light Bright Light.

We caught up with Bright Light Bright Light, aka Rod Thomas, to find out what it is like to work with such a musical icon.

How does it feel to be touring with Elton John?

I don’t think it’s really sunk in ... until I’m actually on the stage. I’ve done big shows before but not this big, and touring with someone so legendary is beyond anything I ever expected!

He features on a song on your album, how did that come about and how does it make you feel to have such a legend appearing on your album?

There really are no words to explain how it feels to have him on my song. Even having him listen to my last record was incredible to me, so to have Elton sing on this one - it’s just so overwhelming, and so humbling. He’s an incredible man who takes time to offer advice to new artists, and always looks out for new talent. I don’t know many young, new artists who do that, let alone someone as busy as him and as iconic as him! We met years ago, and he liked my debut album, so we became friends and talked about music, so while I was playing him new songs, he liked ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ and I asked him to sing on it. And unbelievably he said yes!!

Are you looking forward to playing some shows with him?

YES. It’s always so amazing to be able to play shows, but especially with Elton. It’s going to be a big one for me!

How has growing up in Wales impacted on musical career?

Well I think growing up in rural Wales as an only child gave me the time and the space to really lose myself in music and writing when I was growing up. I think subconsciously, hearing Male Voice Choirs as part of Welsh culture gave me a real love for choral vocals and harmonies. Harmonies are my main love in music. And I think Bonnie Tyler added a fair bit of drama to my music!

What can we expect from your live shows?

Lots of energy and lots of fun! I absolutely love playing live. Making music is amazing, and spending every day doing that is such a golden position, but really it’s when I get to take the songs out of the studio that the fun starts. For me music is about connections, with other people and the world outside the studio, so getting to play the songs to a room full of people, or a stadium in the case of the Elton tour, is amazing!

- Chronicle Live

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