Single: Give Me A Kiss
The music style in the single, “Give Me a Kiss” is best described as a possible soundtrack for a road movie in the style of Quentin Tarantino. The song, in the Retro-Americana genre, comes across as calm and cool: while the sound of a broad, vibrating electric guitar dominates at the beginning, and builds up tension, afterwards the song becomes more relaxed – accompanied by a softer western-harmonica.
Sideman Jeff Roberts played the rock guitar. The Hamburg producer, Dirk Bewig worked on the mix and rhythm section. The mastering was completed in Los Angeles by Tyler Spratt, who has already worked with the Dave Matthews Band, Moby and Snoop Dogg.
In the end of 2016 and assisted by producer Dirk Bewig, keyboardist of the successful The Doors – tribute band ‘The Doors of Perception’, he recorded songs in a studio in connection with band arrangements for the first time. Nick Lexington experienced the collaboration as very inspiring as he enjoys the music of The Doors and finds the targeted use of organ sounds appealing. The collaborative work was focused on further instrumentalizing and recording songs that were initially planned to consist of guitar sounds and vocals. The bonustrack ‘Tibet’ gives an impression of an original version as an acoustic version.
Nick Lexington has been writing many songs about topics such as love and relationships before. Although with his new EP he also wanted to explore new emotions which are equally as human as deeply touching: What does it feel like to overcome changes while going through dark phases (‘What is it?’), successfully completing projects (‘Success’) and finally feeling good again (‘Song of Wellbeing’)? The last-mentioned song also turned out to be the title of the EP ‘Wellbeing’.
For the piece ‘Tibet’ Lexington has been inspired by the autobiographical text ‘Seven years in Tibet’ (original title ‘Sieben Jahre in Tibet’) by Heinrich Harrer. Nick considers the long journey and the unplanned time abroad which is described by Harrer, as a metaphor for life. As well as with an arduous journey, emotions of joy and new perspectives in live can only be achieved through challenging projects. The feelings of pain are all too often in a close relationship to feelings of joy and luck.