As a musician, the creative process can be an unpredictable journey. Sometimes, inspiration strikes in the most unexpected places. For me, it all began during a trip to a pride festival in Bournemouth with my girlfriend, cousin, and her friend. Little did I know that this adventure would lead to the birth of a song that encapsulates a feeling of liberation and a ’90s dance music movement revival.
The Birth of “WNHTTWP”
At the festival, we had the privilege of witnessing “Baby D” performing live. The infectious beats and electric atmosphere left a lasting impression on me, and it was from this experience that the inspiration for “We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” was born. The beat, the rhythm, and the general theme of the track all owe their existence to that unforgettable day. But there’s more to the title than meets the eye. “We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” is a phrase that has resonated with me throughout my life.
Peter is my overachieving brother, and I’ve often found myself living in his shadow while growing up and in my adult life. It’s a name that carries the weight of expectations and comparisons. This phrase, uttered by my mother, is what I often heard when I did things as a teenager that weren’t things that Peter did when he was a teen. Peter joined the army at 16, and our family hadn’t actually dealt with having an adolescent lad in the house, let alone one that lived life differently from their black-and-white rules.
A Journey Through Music
My journey as a musician began when I was around 12, learning to play the piano. Eventually, I picked up an electric guitar and later acquired a drum kit from a friend. I delved into the world of music production using software like Cubase, Reason, and now, Ableton Live.
A ’90s Revival
“We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” has a timeless, old-school theme that harks back to the late ’90s dance music movement. The track resonates with the sound and energy of that era, capturing the essence of a time when dance music was at its peak.
A Song of Healing
This song is more than just a tune; it’s a piece of my personal journey. I crafted it during a period of recovery from a challenging divorce, where I was rediscovering myself after giving up on music in favor of family life. “We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” carries a running theme, symbolizing a journey away from a toxic family life, with a determination to lead life on my terms, embracing my own choices rather than conforming to parental expectations.
The Creative Process
The creation of this song was a multifaceted process. It began with a piano riff I randomly came up with while my girlfriend was busy in the kitchen – she likes to listen to me play while she cooks… Result! The chords from this riff evolved into an upbeat, looping melody that forms the core of the track. The beat, integral to the song’s feel, was borrowed from “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” and used as a foundation for further additions and arrangements.
To add a unique touch, I also sampled the drum beat, chopped it up, and incorporated it into my electronic drum kit. This allowed for variations in the beat, enhancing the song’s dynamics. However, I consider the song unfinished as I’m still on the lookout for a female singer to complete it.
Looking to Collaborate
If you’re a talented vocalist and feel inspired by the track, I’m eager to collaborate with you. I believe that the addition of vocals will bring “We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” to its full potential.
I’m currently working on my first album, with plans to release it in May 2024. The album will be a collection of tracks that reflect my journey, experiences, and musical evolution.
Join Me on the Journey
As I continue on this musical journey, I invite you to join me. Listen to “We Never Had This Trouble With Peter” on my Youtube Channel, and let the ’90s vibes transport you to a time of dance, liberation, and self-discovery.
Stay tuned for more updates, collaborations, and the release of my upcoming album. Your support means the world to me.