Interview: Emma Whitelaw
BACK in old Blighty, newlywed and proud father, Alex
Lloyd, talks to IndieLondon about life, love and living out of
Affectionately known to his Australian public as 'Lloydie', Alex
has been very busy of late.
With a six-week tour of Australia, a sell-out gig at Islington
Academy, various appearances on UK radio AND
the release of his new single, Hello The End, the former
Mother Hubbard front man is sure hard to pin down!
Fortunately for us, he took some time out from his busy schedule
for a quick chat about his soon to be released third album, Distant
"Well, it actually makes more sense when you’re travelling,
it’s a travel record. I actually thought it would do really
well with Australian Backpackers because it's just about all that,"
"It’s about basically being away from home and the
shit that you go through. So it’s actually, probably, more
so than the Australian public back home, it’s probably better
for the Australian public in London.
"It’s songs like Far Away, Coming Home and
1,000 Miles. You kinda go away, you go overseas to find
yourself, to some degree. A lot of young Australians I reckon
"I’ve never been that specific about songs, or wanting
to give away too much, cause I kinda figure that when people go
and buy and listen to music, that’s what they get given
- that memory, or that gift; it's their own, it becomes their
own and it has their own meaning and has their own interpretation.
So at the end of the day, it's whatever you want it to be."
But, when pushed a little further, he adds…
"Personally it was about me travelling.
"It was almost like the end of my travels, kind of after
three years of touring the world over two records.
"Cause I wrote it at the end of Watching Angels Mend
and that had just come out in America, and I did six months of
"Mostly with Beth Orton, and I was kind of at the end of
my tether to a degree.
"I’d stayed in thousands upon thousands of different
hotel rooms, every night. I just had too many freaky experiences,
and I just wanted to go home.
"And I guess, yeah, I started writing it and I guess Distant
Light was sort of to me the light at the end of the tunnel.
"But it’s funny, cause that chorus for the song Distant
Light was written before I’d even travelled.
"I wrote it years and years ago, but I never had a verse
to go with it. ‘Outside away, it’s calling your name,
it’s your life from a Distant Light’.
"It’s sort of about wanting to travel; it’s
actually wanting to get out of what you know and the everyday
sort of thing, which was sort of Australia at the time.
"But it’s weird that it came full circle and it really
stands for wanting to go home. I guess home to me has always been
the people that you love and the people you want to be with."
Bouncing between New York, London and Sydney is a typical week
in the life of Alex Lloyd.
After being on the road for so long, Alex has grown to appreciate
coming back to the land that he still calls home.
"Yeah I love it! I think Australia is by far, on just a
pure lifestyle level and everything, I think it's one of the best
places to live in the world. The quality of life is incredible
compared to everywhere else."
And yet like most of us, he still craves all that Europe has
"But it’s so good to go and experience England, and
I just went to France before I got here, and just sorta hung out
in Nice, just for a week to have a bit of a rest after my tour,
and it was wicked just seeing and living a different lifestyle,
and listening to a different language and experiencing a different
"And that’s what it’s
all about, isn’t it? And then last record, Watching
Angels, came out in Italy and that was really good.
"I got to play Milano Football stadium and, yeah, just did
heaps of really cool stuff that I otherwise wouldn’t have
got to do.
"It’s been a while since I’ve been here, it
always is. Black the Sun, my first record, came out here
and that did quite well, like with reviews and all that kinda
stuff, and it got a bit of critical acclaim.
"And then Watching Angels Mend came out and it
did all right on radio up in Scotland and a few places.
"It’s pretty hard to crack London, there’s so
much music coming out every week, and its sort of, in a weird
way, that if you’re Australian it works a little bit against
you because I don’t know we’re very much convicts
"Nah! It’s got a lot to do with bureaucracy and if
your signed directly to a UK label, or if you’re signed
to an Australian label. You know it’s just a harder way
in. But you keep chipping away and hopefully one day you make
"Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I
wouldn’t give up my life for anyone else’s. I’ve
been really privileged, I’ve made good music, and I’ve
played it to many people around the world.
"Experienced things, I guess. I guess the kind of cool thing
about being in London,and not being that famous, you have a bit
of anonymity as well. And that’s really nice because you
can sit in the café and listen to conversations again.
"Whereas, in Australia, it’s a bit more like 'oh,
that’s Lloydie', so it’s kinda nice to have that.
"In France, I’d just go to the beach, I don’t
care, I just have a good time. I don’t worry about a photographer
getting my white arse on film! I like that. It’s like being
the underdog again."
Travel aside, Alex talks candidly about his latest, life-changing
experience, the birth of his four-month-old son, Jake.
"This last tour I’ve probably been the most professional
about my business and my career than I ever have in my life,"
"I’ve changed, since I’ve had my kid, Jake.
I’m a just a different person. My whole approach to everything
is completely different.
"I guess it’s more mature, you know, and it’s
more of an approach of 'I’m here and people have paid to
see me, I wanna do a really good show'.
"Rather than before, where I was probably more likely to
get really pissed and just get up there and do whatever and hope
for the best.
"Every now and then, you don’t have a voice cause
you didn’t sleep, or you partied too hard. So it's just
about growing up a little bit and wanting to do better at what
I do with my craft, you know?
"I don’t wanna be a rock star. I just wanna make good
music and make a living from it.
"I’ve never tried to be in the tabloid magazines,
or be that kind of a person.
"And its weird, the more personal I’ve got in my life,
having a child and getting married and doing things like that,
the more I’ve gotten into the tabloids.
"And I don’t mean not do interviews and not talk to
journalists, you know what I mean? Just not get papped and all
that kinda shit."
So what next? A move to France?
"Some days I just go 'fuck it, I’m moving to France'.
"But yeah, I thought I could do a stint definitely now with
my kid and everything.
"I’d love for him to know another language. I could
definitely handle doing some time overseas. I just guess it just
has to be the right time, I’m not sure right now is.
"I’ve pretty much written my next record so I’m
kind of pretty keen now to just go and do that and not really
worry about America, or anything this time, and just concentrate
on a new album.
"I feel like I’m at sort of a new chapter at the end
of three albums; I feel like it’s a new beginning and I’m
starting again. I’m kinda keen just to get on with it.
"But you never know I might move to France!"