FINK IS THE PSEUDONYM OF THE BERLIN-BASED ENGLISH SINGER-SONGWRITER, FIN GREENALL. IT IS ALSO THE NAME OF THE THREE-PIECE BAND HE FORMED IN THE MID-2000S – WITH BASSIST GUY WHITTAKER AND DRUMMER TIM THORNTON. THE NEW ALBUM 'RESURGAM’ HAS BEEN LAUNCHED ON SEPTEMBER 15TH. "THE TITLE IT'S TAKEN FROM A LATIN INSCRIPTION IN A 900-YEAR-OLD CHURCH IN MY NATIVE CORNWALL”, SAYS FIN DURING OUR INTERVIEW. MORE ABOUT OUT OUR CHAT AT CIRCOLO MAGNOLIA BEFORE HIS LIVE SHOW ON WEDNESDAY HERE.
Hello Fin, the last time we met it was at Casa Bertallot in January 2015. You remember?
Oh yes, i do remember. I was supposed to meet Alessio today but he was unfortunately busy. Great time in his house by the way.
Yes indeed. What have you been up to in the last two years? Musically you did quite a lot.
Actually took a year off and travelled quite a lot. I was also in Rome for the concert of Bjork that has been simply amazing. And i have been in Austria for a while and Germany. Then i started working on the ‘Sunday Night Blues Club’ and I immersed myself in the blues, scouring record stores to inspire and educate myself: to write original blues that is more than just a photocopy of the past turned out to be quite challenging and i wanted to do something raw, rough and live. Each track was recorded live using one vintage mic and one vintage amp just to give you an idea. After that came ‘Resurgam’. This is our sixth studio album that continues an adventurous catalogue for our band, from the debut with ‘Fresh Produce’ (2000) through to the heady expressions ‘Hard Believer’ (2014). We have never been afraid to experiment and on ‘Resurgam’ we did something even more different.
Is it a sort of new era for the band through this second decade? Do you had the desire to reshape and renew your sound?
Well, the title of the album means “I shall rise again”. It has a different vibe and there’s nothing negative or religious behind the name. I see the name as extremely positive and proactive because for me every time i start a new album, it’s like the first time… It takes its title from a Latin inscription in a 900-year-old church in my native Cornwall and it was recorded with our excellent producer Flood at his Assault & Battery studios in North London. All 10 tracks were created in two months and it has been such and assertive and richly immersive experience. We tried to make a record we would listen to and go and so it was.
It must be very challeging to enter the studio one day and leave it maybe after 10 hours with a new song, right?
Yes it is and most of the days you spend more than 10 hours, you stay there and work until you have inspiration and energy. You don’t even know what time it is, it’s like the world outside disappear and it’s just you and your music.
So, more music and less social life. It must be tough sometimes to have to interact with the crowd all the time.
Well, i actually learned to say NO sometimes. When the management of my label press to have more Instagram posts per day for example i often said no. Social media are very intrusive. I like to read a book while i’m on the metro instead of checking my phone, not because i want to star our of the crowd and look cool in my diversity but simply because i don’t want to spend all the time on my device and get frustrated if i don’t have wifi. It’s a matter of balance and priorities in your life.
Also touring must be tough.
Yeah, i am 44 years old man and you can’t imagine how much!! Our autumn tour has 60 dates across 19 countries, just in Europe, can you imagine? But every gig is different, from the smallest one till the big festival. We have a great family around us each show and when the wheels of the bus start turning we just never want them to stop.
You still live in Berlin, right?
Yes, it’s my second home and i feel good there, it’s a city continuosly changing. There i’ve recently worked on side-projects spanning the electronic music with some djs that are also great friends. Since 2000 i’ve been with Ninja record and i continue to operate within the dance music scene but djing is very different from songwriting that’s why i love to collaborate with artists that can help mixing the styles in a good shared chemistry.
Fink performed at Circolo Magnolia in Milan on November 1st 2017.
Photos by Fabrizio Consoli
Special thanks to Danilo Durante and Barley Arts