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Meet Laurie Vincent the artist behind Larry Pink The Human.
MEET THE MAKERS| 29.04.2021
At Dickies we recognise the art of work, so we created our Meet The Makers series to give an insight into the individuals who’s spirit of creativity takes the common idea of work to explore the passion and drive behind it.
For our latest featured Independent Makers film we visited Laurie Vincent singer, song writer, artist and icon based in South East England. We caught up with him and he showed us round his home and workshop and talked us through his creative process and let us sit in on a recording session.
Hi Laurie, thank you for spending the day with us and showing us around your home and studio. Let’s go back to the beginning, can you give us a bit of background info on yourself?
I'm Laurie Vincent, I'm a musician, artist, parent, creative, human being. I think I lead a counter culture life where I've had the opportunity to play gigs to thousands of people and live outside of the nine to five rat race. Everyone told me it wasn't possible, but because I had this pig-headed self-belief to the point of stubbornness, I made it happen. If there's something you love enough and you're willing to commit yourself to it, there's no reason you can't do it, it's about having that sort of lust for life where you just want to experience things. I feel like I'm living proof that that's possible. There is an element of luck in everything, but you have to make your luck. You gotta be willing to put the work in.
So now that you aren’t touring, we’d love to know what you’ve been working on recently? In particular can you tell us a bit about your new project, Larry Pink The Human?
With my new musical project, Larry Pink The Human, I wanted to do a full 180. I needed to explore my own thoughts, it’s something I think I'd wanted to do for a long time. I started writing my own songs and I got to a point where I wanted to record them, I didn't have any knowledge on how to, so I went to Jolyon who produced two "Slaves" records, we spent a few hours chatting and he said, right, I'll do this with you. Over the past few years I’ve been slowly but steadily working on the tracks and feel like I’ve come into my own as a songwriter and getting more brave, just exploring all these new territories, which I didn't think I could do, it’s been really exciting and really liberating, It feels like anything’s possible.
That’s great, thank you. Can you tell us a bit more on the new direction your music is taking and what that sounds like for anyone that might not know Larry Pink The Human’s sound yet?
I wanted to try and make music that people would throw their arms around whoever they're with and sing along more joyful, uplifting, personal music. I started thinking about how different music serve us in different situations and how I could access that world. I wouldn't necessarily put on punk to make my breakfast, although I love those records, they’re for a time and place. I wanted to explore how I make the song you put on whilst you were cooking your eggs and soundtrack people's lives, not just the aggression side of it, but the deeply meaningful moments. I wanted to see if I could access that.
Laurie wears the 874 original work pant and the lined Eisenhower in mellow green.
The sound is very different to what we’ve heard you do in the past, would you still say you have a punk attitude, even if your sound is less” aggressive” to use your own words?
I think the most punk thing I could do was start a pop project, it's unexpected. It was like Johnny Rotten, starting Pill and Captain Sensible had his own pop projects. I'm not the first person to do that, but it's just about doing what you want because you want to do it, that is the spirit of punk. Just doing stuff that makes you feel good, that's how I want to live, that's when you make good art or good music. Sometimes I have this inner dialogue where I wish everything I did was more serious, but I'm good at making the little cartoon figures and noticing a catchy hook they're my strengths. So once you give in and just accept who you are, everything starts to pick up as uncomfortable as it may feel at times.
You’ve got a really great set up here, more than just an electric guitar and amp, how have you found playing more instruments? And do you do more than just pay on tracks now?
I think playing guitar in "Slaves" gave me this limitation, I definitely told myself, Oh, I can't produce, I can't make beats, I wouldn't even know what sounds to pick. With this new project it's been like, nothing's off the table, you've got a computer, you can pretty much download any sound you want. Exploring all these different instruments and being able to learn all these new skills, especially with the year we've had, where there isn't the opportunity to go out and gig. We've been forced to stop and sit with everything. It’s meant that I've had the time to start learning how to use Pro Tools. I'm doing my own remixes and working with other artists and all of a sudden this whole world opened up to me and now it's like a whole new life force and energy.
It’s fair to say you are a creative individual, it would be great to get an insight into your process and your thoughts on the link between all of your creative outlets.
It's taken me a long time to come to terms with my creative process, making is what makes me feel the best. The most important thing that I've learned is to not overthink it, if an idea comes to me, I write it down, whether it's a melody that I'll record, a little sketch of something, a screen grab or a photo of a film, because I like the colors. It’s literally just like looking around and being inspired by anything, rather than thinking I need to be in my studio or in my art class or next to my guitar, that's when I start to write. It's realizing that you're writing always. The worst thing is to be stagnant. It’s the same with all of my creative outlets, it's all churning together.
How has becoming a dad changed your creative day to day for better or for worse? And do you think either of both of your kids will follow in your footsteps?
I get to lead this alternate existence, but at the end of the day I have to put my kids to bed every night, I have to feed them dinner and give them their bath. And they don't care who I am or the glitz and glamor of being in a band and being an artist, being a creative, getting to do cool stuff and meet cool people, these little people just want my attention. I really want them to play music, but at the same time, we're all our own individual sand they hate it. Giving people options is the dream though. Isn't it? The best you can do for your kids is give them the ability to make decisions, being able to make decisions for yourself is amazing.
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