We caught up with psychedelic alt rockers The Neverlutionaries, who recently dropped a new single “Stardusted” off the self-titled debut album, released in 2021 via Polychromatic Records. The Neverlutionaries is the project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Christopher Harold Wells “featuring soulful grooves and genre mashing sonic textures.” We asked Christopher about the single, creative process with music writing, and lots more. Check it out below!
What can you tell us about your new single?
Stardusted is a quirky little song about love (well , more akin to passion)and indescribable energies flowing. It speaks of how someone’s energy can invigorate another being. I’ve been energized by the intensity of love, meditation and other things as well. It could be a romantic fling that sends your spirit soaring or it can be the feeling that comes from experiencing something deep and profound. In a nutshell it’s about having one’s mind blown.
Did you always know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
Yes. We used to have to do a couple of musicals per year as a kid when I was growing up in Philadelphia. The funny thing was that I actually enjoyed waking up at the crack of day to rehearse before going to school and it was a great part of my upbringing. I come from a long line of musicians on both sides of my family. My great great Grandfather was a professional Cornet (horn)player, my Father played the horn as well. I have a few cousins that are musicians and performers. Music has always been at the forefront of my life.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Play what you feel and what truly moves you. Ignore trends and find your own voice as trends fade with time.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
A song of mine called Two Drops of Fantasy. It will be on the next record. It’s really trippy, psychedelic and one of my signature tunes per se. It features swirling atmospheric guitars, a circular bass line that entwines within hypnotic yet dancing drums. It has so many places to stretch, expand and contract within the song.
Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?
It varies. Sometimes a bass line will pop up in my mind and that will be the basis, no pun intended, for the song. Other times it will be a lyrical thing with me finding a unique rhythm within the word and adding to it from there. Sometimes I’ll just come up with a guitar riff when I am just noodling around and thing will take off from there. It really depends on the day honestly.
What has been the best advice someone has given you about music?
To do something else because a music career is very difficult to be successful in. But, I obviously didn’t take this nugget of wisdom. I’m fact, I wouldn’t change it for the world as music is such a huge part of my life, existence and spiritual well being.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with in the future?
That’s a tricky question because there are so many! Adam Jones, Omar Rodriguez, and Questlove. They all damn sure have that “it” within their sound that would be great to expand upon.
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