Northallerton singer-songwriter George Boomsma has just released a new single, so Lee Allcock caught up with him to find out what listeners can expect.
You’ve just brought out your brand new single, ‘As I Am Now’. For those of our readers who haven’t heard it yet, what can they expect from the track in terms of its lyrical content and sound?
It’s a song written for the WW1 Centenary about my Great, Great Uncle, Donald Bell, who won the Victoria Cross in the war. Musically, it’s not the most straightforward of songs but, hopefully, it’s something you might not have heard before. I tried to blend various scales and chord sequences together to make for interesting and unique melodies.
You went to visit your Great, Great Uncle Donald Bell’s grave in France and found out that he died at the age of just 25. That must have been a sobering experience…
It was quite a big affair, a sort of memoriam for him with a fair amount of people and even a marching band. After all the speeches about his altruistic actions to then find out he was my age at the time was a real sobering experience for sure.
Why do you personally feel that it’s important to remember those who fought in WW1?
Essentially, the song is about my two-sided view on the Memorial Day itself. He had a wife and a successful career as both a professional footballer and teacher and he was only 25. He gave his life believing in the hope for a peaceful, better future, and more literally to save his comrades – imagine making that choice. And his story is far from unique – most were much younger, most didn’t even have a choice. I would not agree with the glorification of war but the least we can do is remember them.
Do you feel that musicians are often exploited by mass corporations? The reason I’m asking that questions is because I noticed that you’ve just started taking your material off Spotify because you noted that you’re actually losing money by being on there…
The craic with me taking my music off Spotify was due to the aggregator I was using – it wasn’t the best deal with them, for sure. I’m back on now with a different company who have a much, much fairer deal. Some companies are great for musicians: Bandcamp, for example, are mint. I would say just shop around a bit, take your time and see what works for you.
And finally, what else do you have planned for 2018 and early 2019?
I’m currently writing my third album which is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve also got some collaborations on the cards which are turning out pretty cool. Other than that, I’m just gigging as much as I can.
You can listen to ‘As I Am Now’ by George Boomsma on Spotify.