SXSW 2016 Interview: David C Clements

By on Thursday, 31st March 2016 at 11:00 am

Apart from the array of amazing new Northern Irish artists I heard on Thursday afternoon’s Output Belfast showcase at SXSW 2016, I also had the opportunity to see a musician whose songs I’ve loved from afar for quite a long time, namely County Down singer/songwriter David C Clements. Clements’ set list on the St. Patrick’s Day afternoon showcase included a stunning rendition of his already time-honoured track ‘Hurricane’ that sent shivers up the back of my spine, but he also played a selection of newer songs from his recently released debut album ‘The Longest Day in History’, whose title is appropriately drawn from a lyric in the aforementioned ‘Hurricane’.

In the following interview that took place in the noisy alley outside the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30, I asked Clements about the challenges of fitting his newer songs onto the new LP alongside already established tracks such as ‘Hurricane’. He also talked a bit about his lengthy writing process for ‘The Longest Day in History’, as well as the deliberately thoughtful and considered recording of the album, which was split between full band sessions at Attica Audio in Donegal and more intimate sessions at co-producer Michael Keeney’s studio in Clements’ hometown of Bangor.

Though tour dates in support of the new album are yet to be announced, Clements did mention possible plans for some live shows in the UK and Ireland, and the potential for another trip to American shores if all goes well. On a rather selfish note, I’ll cross my fingers for that American trip to happen, if only for the possibility of hearing Clements play the Bruce Springsteen cover we chatted about near the end of the audio clip below.

David C Clements’ debut LP ‘The Longest Day in History’ is available now. Just below, you can watch the video documentary of Clements’ recording process for the album, titled ‘The Sound of the Forest Choir’ and filmed by babysweet.


Thanks again to Thomas for helping to arrange this interview. TGTF’s previous coverage of David C Clements is back this way.

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