There are probably few people who would argue that Hawksley Workman is one of the busiest dudes in the nation. I am reasonably sure of this. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Workman is also building up an impressive production resume, having worked with a diverse set of artists including Tegan & Sara, Great Big Sea, and Sarah Slean.
Over the past 12 years, Workman has released an impressive 12 records, each with a unique voice that often defies categorization.
Workman’s most recent effort is a re-take on his 2001 holiday recording Almost a Full Moon. The new release, entitled Full Moon Eleven, sees Workman re-visit and re-record the songs of Almost A Full Moon which was originally recorded in Paris.
Workman says that when it came to the approach of Full Moon Eleven, he wanted to was re-imagine the songs he wrote 10 years ago and hear them through his current voice. The MusicNerd Chronicles recently had the chance to correspond with Workman about his new release and how he feels he has grown.
Why the decision to re-imagine Almost A Full Moon as opposed to making a new holiday themed record?
Workman: I suppose that you are probably only allowed one holiday record per career. Almost A Full Moon came as a surprise when I first wrote it ten years ago. I was fasting at the time and needed something to keep my mind off eating which was tough to do being in Paris. I ended up hiring a piano and writing in the afternoons.
Did the end result of Full Moon Eleven take you by surprise in the respect to how the songs evolved?
Workman: I rehabilitated my old 1/2″ 8-track tape machine. The sound and process of digital recording had largely become uninspiring to me. Most of the performances on Full Moon Eleven are taken live without fixes. It was a nice return to the familiar.
How do you feel your current voice affected the songs as opposed to where you were at personally and professionally 10 years ago?
Workman: I am a little darker of heart and a little more grateful for life.