Video: Arjan chats with Linda Perry about Deep Dark Robot, Songwriting
Linda Perry is one of the most prolific producers and songwriters in recent pop history. The former Four Non Blondes singer has written evergreen tunes for people like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Dixie Chicks, Alicia Keys, Adam Lambert and Gwen Stefani. In fact, Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" is arguably one of the most compelling pop ballads of the last decade that inspired a generation. (And also, let's not forget her incredible work for Fischerspooner and Reni Lane.)
Linda has made a return to the world of touring and band life with her new band/project Deep Dark Robot that she formed with best friend Tony Tornay. Deep Dark Robot is her first band project in 15 years and manifested itself from Linda's desire to get out of the studio and back on the road.
Deep Dark Robot is musically very different from the pop songwriting and producing projects she is best known for. The duo's LP "8 Songs About a Girl" is a dirty little garage rock record with some gritty but beautiful (and brutal) ballads. One thing that is very similar to Linda's past work is the incredible song writing, very simple and to the point with songs like "It F*&%king Hurts" and "No One Wakes Me Up Like You." The record is literally 8 songs about a girl that put Linda's heart in blender, but turned out to be a wonderful muse for the singer.
In our interview, Linda and Tony talk about working together and what inspired the record. Linda also gives us an insight into her songwriting process and her versatility when it comes to writing in different musical genres. Truly compelling stuff. It's a must-watch for all you pop fans and budding songwriters out there.