There seems to be quite a lot to talk about lately in the Duran universe! Just this past week, Duran has been been in the news because of their lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. (a company, NOT their fans) and because of their upcoming participation in Fashion Rocks. Then, I find out that the teen magazine, Bop, is ending! Some of those topics have been blogged about and others are worthy of being blogged about! Yet, I will instead listen and give some highlights to this month’s Katy Kafe! Speaking of the paid fan club, truly, one of the best perks is being able to really listen to Katy Kafes. While we might give some highlights and reactions to what we hear here, it isn’t the same as listening to them, personally. You get so much out of listening to how the band member sounds, how he reacts to questions, and more. You also get something out of the questions Katy chooses to ask and her reactions! On that note, I recommend listening for yourself, then, reading and reacting to the rest of this blog!
Before I go into detail, Simon was clearly very chatty and very open! He gave quite a bit of scoop regarding new album and future touring. There is much to respond to and I have no doubt that I missed some key information. Listen and remind me about what I missed!
Some of what he shared isn’t new. We knew that they were continuing to work with Mr. Hudson. He talked about how much of an influence he was and that they had written three more songs with him. Perhaps, this influence is what has led the album to have a different feel to it than what it was in the beginning or than All You Need Is Now. Simon described AYNIN has having an 80s vibe. This one he says is more “modern” with, at least, some club vibe. He also made a point in saying that he hesitates to label it because it can pigeon-hole it. People, instead, should just listen rather than speculate about what it is going to be like. (I, wholeheartedly, agree. I won’t lie, though. I like to speculate. I like to ponder. I get nervous and want assurances that everything is going to be all right. That said, I know that Simon is right. I need to listen first.)
Simon did indicate that things are getting close to being done. He described the album as having “critical mass” and its own “direction”. I take that to mean that the album has a personality now. The individual parts/songs have been created but the album as a whole has a personality. I look at all Duran albums that way. This is why I can point out that every Duran album has quality songs on it but I don’t like each album in the same way. For example, I love the song “Out of my Mind” but Medazzaland definitely isn’t a favorite of mine. Anyway, they did work with Mark Ronson to “prepare things” and he said something about surprises coming up. Likewise, they hope to have Spike Stent mix the album in September. That shows real progress!!! Another thing that shows progress is that the album has a name. Simon didn’t share it but did share how long it was in terms of syllables and that they needed to figure out how to spell it! Fascinating!!! Any guesses out there?!
Simon did mention a first single and talked about record labels. As of now, they are unsigned and will take into consideration what the focus is for the label. Some labels are major labels and others focus on new media. I couldn’t tell which why Simon was leaning towards but he did voice his opinions about record companies, in general. Could any of you tell which kind of label he would prefer after listening? This is an area that I will be keeping my ears and eyes open to in the future.
Simon said that he looked forward to going out on the road after the album comes out. He hopes to do larger arenas/venues and more festivals. What do you all think about that??? Would that mean only major cities? Would that mean less shows? I wish I knew!
Beyond the band album news, Simon did discuss a few other topics, including Fashion Rocks, the White Nights Festival, family vacations, and photo shoots. Apparently, for Fashion Rocks, they only have a few minutes to play. Thus, they have to choose to either do one song or a short medley. Katy gave her preferences. What would yours be? As far as the White Nights Festival goes, he discussed their performance, the city and a funny story about what he was asked to do as far as introducing someone.
I was thrilled to get so much information about the album!!! I suspect that he was more forthcoming because they are getting close to getting done. Perhaps, he is feeling really good about what they have accomplished and is ready to share it with the rest of us! If that is the case, may I recommend a snippet or two? 30 seconds of a song or two? It wouldn’t be to speculate as much as to share in the excitement!!!