For his debut solo album, Nathan Sykes listened to his gut and adhered to any vibes he was feeling during the upcoming LP's recording, mixing and mastering process—no matter how crazy his inklings were.
The British singer-songwriter is our latest FM First artist, and Sykes told us about the seemingly spastic creative process behind the album, which boasts the tender piano ballad "Over and Over Again" (below):
"I didn't go in with a certain sound in my head. Just whatever feels good at the time: 'Hey, let's get an electric guitar on this. Hey, let's stick piano on this. Hey, tomorrow, let's get some trumpets and saxophones and record em live'—that all felt right at the time and that felt natural—'Hey, let's put a 30-piece choir on this. Wait, we haven't got a 30-piece choir? Let me go in the studio and build a 30-piece choir.'"