Andy James popularly known as The Last Picture Show in the music scene is a United Kingdom, Selby based singer and songwriter who is well versed in the arts of rock and contemporary pop sounds. The Last Picture has recently released an original single titled “Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House”. Which talks about growing apart from someone who was previously very close to you as they undergo personal growth and become more distant over time.. We had a few questions and answers with him where he talks about his creative process, inspirations and about the release. Below are exclusive details on The Last Picture and his new release.
What is the story behind your stage name Last Motion Picture?
It was inspired by the name of an old film “The Last Picture Show,” which my producer Andy Hawkins initially suggested. The music has a very nostalgic feel, and a lot of my songs are inspired by film/TV so it felt like a good fit.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I’ve been a music-obsessive since I was a kid. One of my earliest musical memories is a mix tape that my dad had made and named “Tape number one” (he had a box brimming with pen-numbered albums) that we listened to on long drives to the Lakes. I was so obsessed with it that he made me a copy for my next birthday, and it’s partly what inspired me to start playing. I got my first guitar on my 13th birthday and haven’t looked back since.
How would you describe the music you typically create?
A blend of folktronica and alt pop.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Artists I loved as a teenager, including Jimmy Eat World, had a big influence on my decision to pursue music.
What’s your creative process like?
It really varies from song to song, but I usually get a core lyrical idea first and everything grows out from there. Sometimes a melodic idea will wake me up in the middle of the night and I have to get up and record it before it fades. Usually, I’ll put something down on guitar/piano and vocals first to create the bones of a track, then work in other instrumental and production elements from there.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to ten years?
I’d love to get more of my music in film and TV, as this is where I get a lot of my inspiration. To make a good living from my own music is my dream.
Which qualities do you think make a great musician?
Being open to new ideas and sounds, however strange they may be. Being willing to always develop/learn new things from other people who are further on.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?
Music is kind of all-consuming for me, but when there’s time I do like a bit of gardening and woodwork!
How can you best describe the music atmosphere in Yorkshire, UK?
There are some amazing venues around, and a lot of talented musicians too. Despite a lot of venues closing over the last few years, some are still going strong such as The Brudenell in Leeds. I’ve been lucky enough to support a lot of touring artists who have played in Yorkshire such as The Staves and Toploader.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
There are quite a few, but I’d love to write with Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Most artists have to spend a great deal of time on creating social media content to get their music heard. Social media is an amazing tool, but it would be great if the platforms could do more to support new emerging artists.
What is “Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House” about?
It’s a song about losing part of someone who was once close, as they change and gradually become a stranger.
Who and how many people worked on it?
Myself, and my good friends Andy Hawkins and Dom Bennison – both excellent producers.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
I’ve written and recorded an album’s worth of songs, which I’ll be releasing mostly as singles over the next few months. The full album will be out next year.
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
Go and pre-save ‘Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House’ now, then play it on repeat J