New Morning is an earthy, raw, guitar-lead LP, released by Scott McKeon. Recorded live in the studio at RAK in London, the album captures the energy and spontaneity of the sessions. McKeon has garnered acclaim from the likes of Guitarist Mag, Guitar World and Relix Mag to name a few. Currently performing in Sir Tom Jones’ band, Scott has also had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Eric Clapton, Lana Del Ray, Gary Clark Jr, Joe Bonamassa and many, many more. He spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as his plans for the year.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to New Morning?
The album’s only been out a few days, but it’s been great so far. Lots of messages and people sharing it, it feels good to get some new music out, and with it being mostly an instrumental guitar album where we didn’t compromise on anything, it’s been pretty cool that it’s been so well received.
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
Earthy, raw, guitar-centric music from the heart, with its roots in blues, jazz and rock.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
It would be great to be able to perform some of this music on the road so I’m trying to plan some gigs. I’m hoping come July-time I’ll be out touring again. I have a live EP we recorded and filmed at Real World (Peter Gabriel’s studio) near Bath, England, that will be coming out soon. I also have a signature fuzz pedal company – smfuzz.com – and we are releasing a new pedal in June, which I’m excited about.
TF: How does it feel to be creating your own solo work as opposed to being in the band?
It’s a lot freer when it’s your own thing, and even though this is my own stuff, there is a lot of influence from the people who played on the album, and a lot of the producer Paul Stacey’s creative input. Playing-wise, everyone’s just doing their thing and sharing their talents in the songs, so it’s more of a collective thing anyway, rather than fully solo project. We all co-wrote a lot of the songs together from jams that we had in the studio, but it’s nice when it’s your own thing because you can shape it into something that’s in line with your own aesthetic. Sometimes in a band you’ve got a lot of different opinions and it’s more of a democracy, which can be really fun, but also a lot harder to satisfy everyone’s individual ideas. Whereas when it’s your own thing you can just get on with it. Then again, if it goes tits up it’s also all on your shoulders, whereas in a band you can blame the drummer!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I’ve been fortunate enough to play at lots of different places over the years – sometimes the smallest gigs are the most fun, everyone crammed into a hot and sweaty bar somewhere. They tend to be the most vibey, but they’re going to be the hardest ones to get back to with the current Covid situation. Sometimes when I play with Sir Tom Jones we get to play these amazing outdoor gigs and venues, like in old amphitheatres in Europe. The Paradiso in Amsterdam is a really cool venue, it’d be great to gig the songs from my new album in a place like that.