Lost in Reflections: An Interview With Black Needle Noise Mastermind John Fryer

John Fryer has had one busy year. New Black Needle Noise singles, a new Black Needle Noise album, DJ sets, collaborations with some of the biggest and most talented artists out there, and a new Pledge Music project that will allow fans to get their hands on some very cool BNN goodies. What amazes me most though is how someone who has producing credits on some of the biggest records of all time can remain such a down to earth, nice guy. He frequently interacts with his fans about his work, was supportive of my blog when it was in its infancy, and has continued to be a driving positive force in a business that can be anything but.

John Fryer - photo by Alisa Akay
Photo Credit: Alisa Akay

In case you missed it, this summer saw the release of Lost in Reflections, John’s second Black Needle Noise full length album. We gave it a full review back in June (you can find it HERE) and it’s a brilliantly varied collection of songs that has to be experienced to full grasp the depth. How about an example of what kind of amazing content the album has. There just so happens to be a brand new music video for the single And Nothing Remains with Ana Breton (from Dead Leaf Echo). Tired of the same old thing on the radio? Black Needle Noise has your fix:

 

Beyond that, John had his hand in one of the biggest trends of the summer. What’s that, you say? Everyone, and I mean everyone had Twin Peaks fever as Season Three kicked off on Showtime. John produced the cover of Falling performed by David Lynch muse Chrysta Bell (see, I told you he’s been busy this year!)

As I mentioned earlier you can get your hands on some seriously cool Black Needle Noise goodies over at John Fryer’s Black Needle Noise Pledge Music page. You can click HERE to check it out. He’s got limited edition signed vinyls, t-shirts, signed posters, and so much more. There’s even the opportunity to have your track remixed by the legendary John Fryer himself! Crazy! I’ve seen a lot of these Pledge Music pages with some crazy pricing but everything here seems reasonable, with costs surprisingly low for what you’re getting. There are even bundles to get more and save! Don’t wait, because once these limited edition items are gone…that’s it…they’re gone.

So, now that we’ve talked about new music and new merch, let’s talk to the man behind the magic, John Fryer!


First of all, thanks so much for talking to us, John! You’ve had a busy year, especially with your Black Needle Noise project. Looking back on the year, how has 2017 treated you so far?

2017 has been a good year for me musically and personally.

Been getting to work with some new people and making new friends, plus I’ve been catching up with old friends and the sun has been shining.

Lost in Reflections, your latest full length, came out mid-summer. As a collection of songs how do you feel it differs from Before the Tears Came, your previous LP?

I don’t really feel “Lost In Reflections” is different, more of a continuation from the 1st album “Before The Tears Came” and the 3rd album will be continuing in the same vein as the first two.

With Black Needle Noise you’ve collaborated with an amazing group of artists. How do these tracks come together?

Yes, you are correct, they are all amazing artists and I am so honoured to have worked with them all and the artists of the future. You will have to wait and see who they are.

Most of the songs the music comes 1st and then I will send it to a singer and 99% of the time the singer likes what I’ve sent them and they lift the song to much higher level as only they can.

I’m Humbled every time someone says yes they will sing on a song for me.

Can you tell us about your vinyl plans and how your fans can get involved through Pledge Music?

Yes, my friend Christopher Minster is helping me with the pledgemusic, here is the link.

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/johnfryer

We came up with some different ideas for the pledge and I hope people like what we have come up with. There have been a lot of people asking about CD’s and Vinyl so here’s your chance to get some. There is only going to be a limited amount made, so if you really want it, you should order as soon as you can, as there isn’t going to be any re-pressings.

You’ve been part of the music industry through some thick and thin times. How have things changed over that span…both good and bad?

It has changed dramatically from when I started to now, from the recording process being totally analogue to now being totally digital, from people buying millions of records to people just downloading millions of records for free or streaming them. It’s a new age and a new mentality, you just can’t compare the music industry today to what it was when I first started. It’s a completely different world.

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As a producer you’ve had your hand in some pretty massive records. While you’re working on an album does something click, where you know you’re onto something special?

To be honest, all the album/music I’ve ever worked on I think has been and still is special but you never know what the public are going to pick up on. It’s a crap shoot really, all you can do is, do your best and hope people like what you do.

Were there ever any Spinal Tap moments?

Yes, I think the funniest moment and very Spinal Tap, it was back stage at the Hammersmith Odeon and trying to get to the stage, getting lost and going around and around till we finally made it. Just felt like we were in the movie and had to laugh.

From This Mortal Coil to DarkDriveClinic, Muricidae, and Silver Ghost Shimmer, where does Black Needle Noise fit in creatively?

Well, Black Needle Noise has a freedom that those other bands didn’t have. Those other bands had to have a specific sound that BNN doesn’t have to have. BNN can be anything it wants to be as you might have heard by now. It’s a continual moving morphing project, no straight lines for us to follow.

Have you been working on any new collaborations you can tease us with?

Yes, there are new and some old collaborations but it would spoil the surprise if I told you. I like it that you never know what is coming next, even I don’t know most of the time.

Anyone you’d like to thank or parting words before we go?

Of course I would like to thank all of the singers old and new for sharing their wonderful voices with us and making BNN what it is and to all of the people who support us. It means a great deal to us all that so many people like our music.

Please don’t forget to go to the Pledge Music page and help support independent music https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/johnfryer

*Cover Photo Credit: Rob Dovlin

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