Interview: Thomas Krane

Photo Credit - Allister Christie

Photo Credit – Allister Christie

I caught up with singer and songwriter Thomas Krane, before the launch of his second album, ‘Bone Tower’ next week. We talked about working with Cherilyn MacNeil, Sheldon Yoko and Colin Von Berg on the album, as well as what he has planned for the future.

How would you describe your sound?

A review of the album described it as ‘electric guitar based poem songs’, and I think that fits quite nicely.

Who are your musical influences?

There are so many! I am deeply influenced by my dad’s old records – particularly Leonard Cohen. The Pixies and the White Stripes were formative in my teen years. I’m a big fan of the way Modest Mouse do things. Ryan Adams is a hero. I could go on…

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on your album?

Haha. In five years I have written the 9 songs that are on the album. I’m not exactly what you’d call prolific. That is all of them there are no more. They have gone through various different stages and evolved over the years – but that’s emptied the bank.

Do you have a favourite track off the album? If so, why is it your favourite?

Tough to call! I think Small Things is all round probably the most robust songwriting on the album, but I’m a Devil has enough weird charm to maybe take the lead. It was also strongly influenced by other perhaps more than by me people so I feel I can actually like it without being too narcissistic.

What was it like working with the various artists who came onboard for the album?

It was really easy for the most part – they are all at the top of their games. I didn’t really direct any of their input and most of it was done remotely. I mailed a track to them, told them where the space was, and they sent a track back with their additions. It was actually really fun getting the tracks back not knowing what additions they had made – discovering my own song like new each time.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

My long term ambition is to casually produce a quality album every five years and have built up enough support by the time I retire to spend my twilight years touring the world.

Last but not least, what is next for you?

I’m launching the album in Cape Town on the 18th of September – get tickets and details at, and then I’m finishing up an MBA at UCT and moving to Johannesburg for a new job I have just accepted. As one does!

But I am also planning on a little national tour (which sounds very grand, but will probably just involve a few shows in Joburg and Durban, and then back to Cape Town.)

Watch This: Lay Me Down

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I have long since been a huge fan of BBC Radio 1 and their Live Lounge sessions. They take the top artists of the moment and give them a new / old / classic / fun song to cover. The results are always interesting and sometimes better than the original.

It spawned some of favourite covers, including George Ezra’s cover of Macy Gray’s ‘I Try’, Chvrches take on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’, Hozier taking on Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ and Ed Sheeran with his spin on an old classic by Christina Aguilera, with ‘Dirrty’.

Now Hozier is at it again, this time with his soulful, stirring and funky take on Sam Smith’s, ‘Lay Me Down’ and it is utterly enthralling.

ps Photo Credit – Vivi Milano.

New Music: Arizona

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I was recently introduced to one of the most exciting, up and coming bands I have heard in a very long time. They are Arizona, creating heady soundscapes, one song at a time.

Each release from the New Jersey natives makes for addictive listening and choosing just one song amongst their repertoire to feature was a hard choice. I finally settled on their latest release, ‘People Crying Every Night’, a indie pop gem them that would seamlessly fit in at almost every radio station.

Another gem is ‘Let Me Touch Your Fire’, an instantly enchanting, chillwave listen. Their cover of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood is particularly haunting, adding a new depth and completely different, darker take on the hit.

Arizona is set for big things. Keep an eye out for them!

ps Photo Credit – Arizona