Bernard Matthews move over, there's a new Turkey King in town and he's the songwriter multiple time dimensions have all been waiting for; Turkey Andersen.
Wow. Simply just wow. Sometimes you stumble across a band or an artist and you hear happiness. This week the new music scouts here at Third Outing have unearthed an absolute beauty under the name of Turkey Andersen, who we were lucky enough to catch up with earlier this week...
3rd: Turkey, it's great to catch up with you. I am listening to 'Time Travelling Clothes' and I can't stop smiling, why is that?
Turkey: Hopefully it is because the song inspired a smile. But it could be that you are surrounded by kittens. I don't have all the details. If it was the song, I'm quite pleased as it's meant to make the listener smile. If it's kittens. I'm also pleased.
3rd: You say you want to play music for the whole family, that's pretty niche! Is it working out?
Turkey: Well, this is my début so I don't really know yet how it's being embraced. I have heard from a few parents that tell me their kids have memorized most of the songs already. And I heard about one interviewer who couldn't stop smiling when listening to the first single.
3rd: I think that's me. But everything can be a song. Everything can be a sound, you agree?
Turkey: Everything can be a sound? Well most things make a sound. Especially if you throw them at something else. For instance, a piece of bread could make a great sound if you tossed it at a big hollow box. But is the bread a sound? I'm not sure. If you say the word for it, it becomes a sound, "bread".
It's an unusual question. I'm imagining a film. In it there is a re-occurring prop. It's a piece of bread. In each scene with the bread there is a sound played along. Sort of a bouncing sound. Like a ball on the pavement. I guess eventually throughout the movie, the bread and that sound would become one and the same. If that's the case, then yes everything can be a sound.
3rd: You remind me a lot of a character musician called John Shuttleworth. Are you a fan of is music? Or who are you inspirations?
Turkey: I am not familiar with John Shuttleworth. I gather musical inspirations from all over the place. Some of my favourite musicians to listen to are Harry Nilsson, The Velvet Underground, Robyn Hitchcock and XTC. But I love most all music that I hear.
3rd: A good mix! So let's try something out...the strange subject topics you think about for writing a song? How about a puzzle? Sitting on the bus? Watching the wheel of fortune?
Turkey: Those are all great ideas! I suppose the songs would be about: that missing piece that fell behind the sofa. The kid on the bus with his headphones on backwards so that everyone but him can hear his playlist. The well-meaning but confused gentlemen who keeps trying to buy a consonant.
3rd: So if I am a patron who has given you a fee to write a song about a day to day activity that would be it? What's the opening line going to be?
Turkey: Yes I think it might be the song "Sitting On The Bus". Opening line: "If you all only knew how well you fit into my soundtrack, would you finally acknowledge your place in the world."
3rd: I can't wait for the live version! So who and where are the toughest audiences you've played for?
Turkey: There are a lot of them. The worst crowds are those in venues where there was some sort of miscommunication. Every once in a while you get booked in a place and when you show up to play it doesn't seem like anyone is really expecting you, worst of all, the crowd isn't particularly interested in hearing or seeing any kind of musical performance. This is rare. But it happens. The only option is to tap each and every person on the shoulder and sing right into their stupid faces.
3rd: I don't believe that ever happens. Turkey it's been an absolute pleasure. We can't wait for the record later on this month. Before you go, what's your desert island drink?
Turkey: I'm imagining a nice cold Olympic sized pool filled with iced tea.
Listen to Turkey Andersen on Third Outing Volume 1