Jon Gomm, one of the most virtuosic and fiercely independent artists in the acoustic fingerstyle scene, is about to release his new album, Secrets Nobody Keeps . We decided to have a short interview and catch up with his progress after his viral success with Passionflower.
How has your music and perspective evolved since your huge success with Passionflower?
My music has changed because my life has changed. I’ve been through some real emotional turmoil – I never courted fame at all, and that’s because I didn’t want it, so having a little bit of it thrust upon me has been a headfuck. Some of my new songs reflect that, there’s an element of catharsis but also an element of self-support. Some songs are dark and confessional, some songs are little messages of hope and strength.
Could you give us some insight into the creative process for your new album, and what listeners should expect?
Songwriting happened on the road mostly, and then I’m recording everything at home. But the mixing process is being done by an awesome producer called Whiskas. His background has nothing to do with fingerstyle acoustic guitar music, so his mixes are sounding nothing like what I would have done. Basically he can do magic with reverb and it sounds like clouds exploding.
Tell us a little about your prized guitar, ‘Wilma’.
She’s a Lowden, made in Northern Ireland. They’re the best guitars, just so much warmth and soul. She’s a beautiful beautiful guitar and my true and loyal companion. She’s also old and fat, like I plan to be one day.
Could you give a rundown of the gear you use for your live set?
Wilma is equipped with a Fishman Rare Earth Blend pickup and a bridge pickup too. They each go into some EQ, then into various pedals like overdrive, my Boss OC-3 octaver which is amazing, and delay and reverb. Then to the sound engineer!
2013 has seen some very exciting collaborations in acoustic fingerstyle, (Maneli Jamal & Van Larkins, Don Ross & Calum Graham). Is there anyone you’d want to collaborate with?
Yeah, I love playing with guitar players, I was jamming with Az Samad last night here in Austria. Just on our own, in a little cabin in the woods. But mostly I’m looking forward to my wife playing sax and singing with me, ’cause she’s just the best musician I know.
Read our full-length interview with Jon in 2012 here!