Masterson talks Toyah and 'Fallen' on The Phil
Marriott: It's a very exciting time for
you, because you're about to unleash this big
beast called 'Fallen', which of course is your
collaboration with Toyah.
Paul Masterson: Yeah, indeed,
absolutely. Well I've been an absolutely massive
fan. I remember buying Toyah's records when I was
still living in Belfast, like '81, '82, '83, and
it was one of those artists I've always had my
eye on to write a song with, and a few months ago
I sent her an instrumental piece and she
absolutely loved it, and then we got together in
the studio about a month or so ago and we
recorded the vocals. I've just spent a few weeks
mixing it, and it's all finished and ready to go,
Phil: It's amazing. I heard it
for the first time yesterday and I was very
excited about it. So much so that I wanted to
play it last night but I knew that you were
coming on tonight. This must be quite a surreal
thing for you, obviously I'm a massive fan of
hers as well and you have been working with her.
Was that quite daunting for you, because it's a
big thing isn't it?
Paul: Absolutely yeah. As I say
we hadn't actually met until the day of recording
the vocals. We spoke on email and we recorded the
vocals down at Dave Pemberton's studio in Essex.
It was a great day. Very, very relaxed. It was a
bit nervous at first, obviously meeting Toyah but
it was a very good day. It took about three hours
and all done, pretty much, in one take. Great day
all round really.
Phil: She's one of the loveliest
women as well. I've been lucky enough to meet her
quite a few times and she's been on this show a
few times. She's such a good laugh too.
Paul: So, so down to earth. You
maybe think you know how are people going to be.
Are they going to be a little reserved? But she
was so, so reserved, so down to earth. I was very
pleased about that.
Phil: I have to say this new
track. It seems like the perfect combination as
well. Its not the first time she's
experimented with dance, obviously she had the
album 'Dreamchild' which came out in the 90's.
Also she worked with Tim from Utah Saints. Did
this seem like a natural thing to you, to get
Toyah's vocal on it? I think it really suits the
Paul: Sure. It started out as an
instrumental piece, slightly more poppy, trancey
sound. I thought that was a really good benchmark
for her to write a vocal, and when we recorded
the vocals it just gelled really, really well. It
was just a very natural progression in total.
Phil: It sounds like you both
had similar views on how the track should sound?
Paul: Exactly, yeah. We wanted
to make it slightly different, and maybe not like
your average dance track. So what we've put into
the track, it still stands out in clubland today
but, hopefully, has got a little bit of an edge
that'll make it stand out amongst other tracks.
Phil: I spoke to Craig who works
alongside Toyah and I said the first time I heard
it, I love the fact that it sounds slightly
different. It's not kind of verse, chorus, verse,
it's very unusual for a dance track.
Paul: Yeah, well, that's the
thing. I think it's always good to maybe try and
do something that isn't your normal, average way
of working, because then I think you don't really
get bunched in with everybody else. It's always
just good to try something a little bit different
but still within the realms of club music, which
hopefully everyone will still be able to play.
Phil: Yeah. Definitely! Before
you introduce it, thank you very much for coming
on the show. Hopefully it won't be the last time.
Maybe you could come in to Gaydar Towers?
Paul: I'd love to come in.
Absolutely. Any time Phil.
Phil: So the best bit, Paul.
Where I ask you to introduce your track with
Toyah, if you could do the honours.
Paul: Here is the first, and
exclusive play, of the new single from Yomanda,
and it's featuring Toyah Willcox, and the track's
Phil: Brilliant, thanks a lot
Paul: Thanks very much Phil. All
the best now.
Phil Marriott Show | Gaydar Radio | 11.08.2011