'The Year of The Goat'
New York City-based artist Andy Scott has turned down the amps of his previous work as "Goat" and sets out on an organic and bluesy swing-tinged palate of warm storytelling on his new January 12th album, Don't Tempt Fate.
With his creative leanings succinctly in place, having achieved commercial success with the feel-good hit "Great Life," and albums Twisted Heart and All of My Friends, Andy found himself exploring a majestic jazz- and blues-inspired pop sound.
After a couple of stints opening for long-time friend, jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, Andy honed his smooth swagger and started writing and recording Don't Tempt Fate. Try as he may, Andy couldn't convince Madeleine to produce the record, so he stepped in to perfect the effort himself, while also enlisting the help of Grammy awarding-winning engineer Dave Darlington and Madeleine did contribute vocals, guitar, and ukulele to several tracks.
Taking some time out recently with the man himself, and noting that his new album was quite a departure from what he was doing ten years ago, I first wondered what had drawn him to making an acoustic jazz album this time? "Madeleine Peyroux."
OK, and so how do you know Madeleine Peyroux, who also lays down some guest vocals for you on this album? "I was introduced to Madeleine by her first A&R person and long time friend Yves Beauvais. Yves wanted Madeleine to cover a couple of my songs on her album. She even flirted with covering “Rainy Day” which appears on Don’t Tempt Fate. While it didn’t happen, we look forward to writing together in the future."
The title track from the album “Don’t Tempt Fate” swings beautifully; were you influenced by the West coast swing revival of the late 90s, the big band era of the 1940s, or neither of those? "Neither, I just like a good beat and Victor Lewis (my drummer on this album) certainly puts the swing in a beat."
Tell me about the YouTube animated video for "Who Doesn't Call". How did it come about? "I did a cover version of Fallout Boy’s “Going Down Sugar” for the Guilt By Association record and they did an animated video of another song on the release. I just loved it so I got in touch with the creator of that video, Andy Cahill."
"I kinda was heavy handed in scripting this video but we do have a new video coming up for “Fishing” which Andy is also going to work on - with no script at all. And as a matter of fact, he doesn’t call when I’m not home."
What music did you listen to, or were influenced by when you were growing up? "Chett Baker, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Jobim, The Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers. Leon Russell."
You seem to have four names: Andy Rosen, Goat, Goatboy and Andy Scott; does it ever get confusing? "Indeed it does. Andrew Scott Rosen is my given name. Andy Scott is a derivative of my given name. Goatboy was my Interscope recording name and we shortened it to Goat for Columbia. There are a few other names I’ve been called in passing but I don’t think I can list them here!"
Finally, that’s a lovely big Gibson guitar on the cover of the CD. Is there a story of how you got that? "It was generously gifted to me and I’ve always been a fan of a good Gibson guitar. That’s a J-45 and I also own a 1937 Gibson HGOO the predecessor to the LOO. I also have a Gibson Nylon String Chet Atkins guitar."
Interviewed by: Peter 'taB' Walker
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