By Vanessa B
Following his award-winning debut album, “Echo Chambers“, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer, composer, and engineer Policy recently released his second full-length album, “The Abby Rose” and has answered some QuickFire Questions to celebrate the release.
The album is an eclectic mix of genres and influences, but it still sounds cohesive. It was created in collaboration with music talents around the world and in the artist’s words, the subject matter spans topics like “family, music, love, pain, and healing”. The songs are emotive and the lyrics are relatable, while soulful female vocals are fused with a more cutting-edge, EDM sound to craft a distinctive and interesting soundscape. There’s plenty of variety to keep the listener engaged, ranging from dancefloor-fitting instrumentals to more uplifting and inspirational ballad-type songs with a 90s edge. Check it out along with our interview below.
Can you share a bit about the process you went through making this album? What was the highlight? Any challenges along the way?
Usually, I start with writing all the music first then I reach out to collaborators. I send them the demos and really let them have a go at the topline which is all the lyrics, vocal melody and sometimes the recording of the vocals. Airinna Namara lets me choose the title of our song collaborations. The highlight was always getting the work from the collaborators back and listening for the first time to what the song was going to end up being. I would say for this record that the process went pretty smooth, the songs really wrote themselves!!!!
Who or what is the Abby Rose?
The Abby Rose is my niece. I named the first track “Dee Dee” off of my first album “Echo Chambers” after my nephew. So, I promised my niece I would name my next record after her. That is also her on the cover art. The Abby Rose represents family, music, love, pain and healing.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I have found that it’s best for me to start writing very early in the morning and to usually work on a track for about a week and try to get a good rough bed down by the end of the weekend. Wake up the following morning and determine if anything I did is worth a print on fresh ears.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Unique, Cross-Genre, self-serving…that’s five words..my bad!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
What’s your favourite of your own songs?
These things are like children, but if I had to pick a couple………”Trick My Heart” and “Past The Upset” off of “The Abby Rose”, (and can I throw in “The Oracle” off of my first record.)
What was the first album you purchased?
The first album I purchased was The Beatles, “Stg. Peppers”.
Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?
Well, I think it fits in the Electro-Pop umbrella, but I want to make sure that when you hear one of my tracks, you know it’s from Policy.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is to continue with the marketing and promo hat on for “The Abby Rose”, put together a cool live show, and start writing for my next album. That’s what I do!