EXCLUSIVE Interview: The Next Motown Legend - Hal Linton
Get ready to be introduced to the musical world of Hal Linton! He is Universal/Motown's latest artist that is sure to provide the type of music that is missing within the industry today. His vocals can be described as a seamless mix of Maxwell, D’Angelo and Prince.
In your opinion, what is it about your character that distinguishes you from other artists? Is it the lyrics in your songs? Your childhood past? Your management team? or could it be your musical influences?
A lot of artists have similar interests, and I do believe that team behind me is the best. But I definitely think it's more of how I grew up. In the end, I think it all circulates around the experiences of what I have seen, or heard. The fact that I grew up in a tropical island, gave me a very different outlook in the world. That Caribbean heritage has definitely given me the edge!
Out of all the songs that are going to be on your debut album, which one stands out the most? Which one is your favorite?
I have a couple favorites to be honest. For different reasons.. "Bang Bang" & "She's Dangerous" are some of my favorites. However, "Bang Bang" was one of the best songs to create because it was literally a natural jam session with Julian Bunetta in the studio. Any writer or songwriter loves songs like these! You're not trying to make a song.. it just happens!
From what I understand "Southern Hospitality" was supposed to be your first single. But for some reason it got pushed back and now "Mind Control" is your debut single. What was the reason behind that? How do you feel about that move?
Either way.. it worked out. I felt the same way towards both songs. I liked them both. Summer was about to happen, and we all thought that the official single should be something that would be warmer, and and more suitable for the warmer weather.
Scott Shearer (from our facebook group) said "Mind Control" is DOPE! How did you hook up with Rico Love?
I've worked with Rico a few times before we did "Mind Control". Rico Love is one of those amazing dope people to work with. At first when we started to work together, it wasn't that smooth. He's one of those writers that doesn't write anything down. He has these ideas of how the sound should be, and then I also have my ideas. So our ideas kept conflicting. We got to knew each other.. and it all worked out!
A few weeks ago you flew out to Los Angeles with your team to shoot your first music video that was directed by Matt Lenski. Tell us a little about that whole experience. Was this your first time ever on camera?
I've been doing stuff here and there. However, "Mind Control" was my first official video for Universal/Motown. It was such a creative experience. I like it because it was his first time doing my genre of music. Matt Lenski's treatment and ideas for the video was amazing. We shot from 6 in the afternoon till 6 in the morning. When we were filming it was raining like a monsoon! On top of that, the ice-cold air was picking up water from the ocean and blowing it in our faces.
Is that the type of dramatic energy that we will see in the video?
You know, thats funny. I actually got a chance to watch it this past week and you would never imagine that it was frigid cold! At the end of the day, it was one of those experiences that you would never forget. The model was wearing nothing! You'll see in video..she's hardly wearing anything!
You mentioned before that you had some background in film. Elaborate on that..
I went to film school and got my first degree in Design Concept. I was going for my Masters, but decided to drop out in order to do music. So my background is in film and production.
Just from taking a look at your song titles your tracks seem to be reflective upon the concept of "Love", "Sex", and "Women". Why do you choose to sing about this subject so much? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Are you serious!? This is a question? .... Well..those things are the most awesome things in the world! *laughs* It's more about sensuality than sexuality. My album is built upon more of a sensual theme. It reminds me of "Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing".. It's all about creating this sexual ambiance around the project. It ties in to my project because back in the day there were several songs that were painted in a way that they were not that blatant. Today the music we hear on radio is pretty straightforward! Because of that, I think that musicians are left with little creativity. I want people's imagination to take them there instead of saying it.