When things started opening up again after the pandemic I decided to do something with the new songs I’d written during that period, and regularly met up with a couple of producer friends to record. The project came together really naturally and though I’ve always gone under my own name as a solo artist previously, this had a different feeling to it so I decided to create a brand new name that better suited the sound.
Introduce yourself and your musical history?
My name’s Andy James Doonan and I go under the name ‘Last Motion Picture’. I’ve been a music-obsessive since I was a kid. One of my earliest musical memories is a mix tape that my Dad had made and named “Tape number one” (he had a box brimming with pen-numbered albums) that we listened to on long drives to the Lakes. I was so obsessed with it that he made me a copy for my next birthday, and it’s partly what inspired me to start playing. A few career highlights so far include supporting Toploader and The Staves, working with David Bowie’s producer Ken Scott on one of my songs, and getting some of my tracks placed in TV shows such as Hollyoaks.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
This one (just kidding).
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
Absolutely, it’s so important to emerging artists to have a platform like RGM where new music can be heard.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
E.T. was based on a true story, right?
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I wasn’t a hoarder, however, I developed a bit of hunger fear and did way more grocery shopping than necessary. Which led to eating too many baked goods.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can bend my arm in the wrong direction (double-jointed), which tends to get quite a horrified reaction.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I played at the O2 Arena in London as part of a competition, and the crowd was huge. Walking out to that was a bit terrifying and a lot of fun.
What was the worst experience on stage?
At Uni me and my mate played at our union to a rather drunk crowd. We attempted ‘Livin’ on a prayer’ by Bon Jovi (don’t judge me) and I forgot all the chorus words of probably one of the most famous songs ever.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I pretty much never drink, because it’s all or nothing.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
What makes you stand out as an artist?
That’s a tricky one, because nothing’s “original”, right? But hopefully the lyrics, vocals and interesting production elements!
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
My tea is too hot to drink.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
‘Wild As Truth,’ a song I’ll be releasing in a few months – because it’s one of those that just seems to connect live more than others. Sometimes it’s hard to know why that is, but I often get asked about that song afterwards at gigs.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s called “Your Heart Is A Stranger’s House,” and it’s out everywhere on Friday 5th August 2022. It’s a song about losing part of someone who was once close, as they change and gradually become a stranger.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I suppose it was inspired by the idea of people changing, and that feeling that we’re no longer where we were before. I remember standing in my Grandma’s empty house after she died and it was suddenly a completely different place, a stranger. There are parallels between that feeling, and the emptiness left behind when a relationship with someone else grows distant.
What was the recording process like?
It was incredibly exciting as it always is, hearing songs come to life with all the production elements in there. For time-efficiency we substituted food with caffeine, so it wasn’t the healthiest of times.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I realised that lyrically I always want to try and show a fresh perspective on things whilst not giving away too much, so that the listener has more choice in what the song means to them. It’s such a fine balance but something I’m always working to improve on.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Ask me in a year’s time!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I’ve written an album’s worth of tracks, so I’ll be regularly releasing singles for the next few months, followed by the full album next year. There’ll be plenty of gigs throughout that time too!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
This year’s been a particularly good one for new music, and I’ve recently discovered Yumi Zouma, MUNA and Grazer. Go check them out!