MOTHBOXER – Open Sky (Q&A)

Sixth full length album from Mothboxer, the follow up to 2017’s Secret Art Of Saying Nothing. Open Sky contains 12 tracks written and recorded on and off over 12 months, expanding on the power pop sound of the previous releases and venturing into a new, progressive pop/rock sound. 

“An album steeped in clever songcraft, Open Sky is a keeper, maybe Mothboxer’s best” – Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio

Sweet Sweet Music talked to Dave Ody.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?



The industry has changed a great deal over the last 10-20 years. With the advent of the internet, for the consumer, music has become “on-demand”. It brings new opportunities for DIY musicians in terms of the technology to create music and the platforms to promote it. The challenge is to get your music noticed now that music creation is essentially accessible to everyone!





Which is the song you wish you had written every time you hear it? And why?



There are many, but if I had to pick one it would probably be Good Vibrations. For me, it is a beautifully structured piece of music as an art form. It’s “poppy” enough for everyone to love it but it is profoundly clever and is still way ahead of its time.




Can you still recall the moment music became important to you? What happened?



Vividly. I was 6 years old and played my parent’s copy of The Beatles Revolver. I think the penny dropped during Tomorrow Never Knows which totally blew my mind! I’m still in awe of the production on that track and is probably the reason I love the production side of music creation more than the performance aspect.




If the budget was unlimited, how would you record the next record?



I would still use the same software I use today (Logic Pro) but I would use some different spaces to record and probably spend a lot on new instruments and microphones as well as a fully stocked beer cooler 🙂




What’s up for the rest of the year?



2019 is looking to be a busy year. As well as promoting the new Mothboxer Open Sky album I’ve recently re-issued the back catalog so will be pushing that. Also, donning the producer hat and continuing to work with UK artist, Finchey who has just released his second album Rum & Chess to great acclaim. Also, I’ve been producing a new UK artist Patrick Martyn so looking to get his debut album out early this year too.

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