The music of Pink and Noseworthy is rooted in classic ’60s and ’70s pop, yet it exists in a universe all its own, a seductive and lush melodic world that radiates a timeless presence, wrapped in a sparkling veneer of quality and fidelity. The band consists of Ran Pink, sister Shanee Pink, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Noseworthy (hence the band’s offbeat name). Ran sat down to give us some insight into his life and the path that led to the creation of Pink and Noseworthy’s new album, Twice.
Songwriting inspiration: Like most songwriters, I get inspired to write by my life and, to a larger extent, I’m also influenced by my dream-life. When I sit down to write, I try to put myself into a mood where my subconscious can flow out of me. I record everything that comes out, I listen to it and criticize it, and then I work with it some more and eventually something comes out which I can piece together.
Songwriting timeline: I’ve written songs in 20 minutes and other songs have taken months to complete. Some ideas take a lifetime to put together, and being a songwriter is a life’s work for me, so I’m always looking forward to what’s just about to come out.
Career tips: “Stick to it” is number one. “Find your own lane” would be number two. I’ve always played to my strengths — I know that I’m particularly strong at coming up with melodies and creating sonic stories. So that has always worked for me. If you play to your strengths it works like a magnet, and will bring music partners and collaborators into your life who appreciate what you bring to the table. A lot of people aren’t very good at figuring out what their strengths are, though, and can end up wasting time by being dishonest with themselves.
Keyboards on Twice: We used Mellotron samples all over the record. Also, my studio partner, keyboardist Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers and Foo Fighters, brought literally tons of amazing vintage gear when he moved in to Fonogenic Studios, including a couple of B-3s, pump organs, an Optigan, Rhodes and Helpinstill pianos, and some amazing outboard gear. We used a Marxophone on the song “She” and we used our Young Chang grand piano on the album as well.
Top guilty pleasure: Erasure or some of the synth pop bands of the ’80s that I grew up listening to might be considered “guilty pleasures,” but they really inspired me to become a musician. Many of those acts are still relevant today and continue to produce good music, and they still inspire me.
Words of wisdom: Work hard! It’s easy when you love what you do.
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