Back in the mid ninety’s a Swedish company Investor AB announced it was considering investing a billion dollars in media. As I had a friend Gus Fisher who was at the time on the board of News Corporation and they were seeking investment I decided to go get the billion from the Swedish company and in the process would end up meeting the very electric lady Annie Wegelius in Stockholm. I was speaking to her six months before her death and during Tour de France I think of her often.
When I first met Annie she was the owner of Wegelius Television, one of Scandinavia’s largest independent production companies. She had great ideas for reality television, and drama. She would later sell 91% to Swedish film industry giant Svensk Film-industri who wanted to widen their scope in television. Now what did Annie do after this? She took a sleeping bag and a tent to follow the Tour de France. I would call Annie often during her adventures and she would tell me about how exciting it was, and if you wanted reality Tour de France was up close and personal. I would get calls with all the action updates and I thought how cool is this lady, she sells a stake in her company for $10 million and takes off with a tent. Naturally this made me fall in love with all the Swedish women of adventure and the updates from Annie made me want to do exactly what she was doing. Now each year I follow the tour creating social media content using all the tools we have now such as drones and Go Pros and live streams and thinking, Annie would have loved this.
As you can read from the message above which was in March of 2017 , Annie was alone in Mexico City, and I have Mexico City pretty wired and unable to be with her in what was her last attempt to save her life I connected her with all the people I had met and become friends with in Mexico City. Sadly Annie lost the battle. Yet each year after her death I think of her during the tour her camping on side of roads, or outside town or in the Alps. Whenever I see a rider taking those steep climbs I think of Annie and that dreadful killer cancer.
Sweden has a tempo going and with each match they are getting better and they took care of business today taking Germany out with a score of 2-1 in the quarter finals and advancing to the semi-finals against Netherlands.
Peirson Ross his music comes from his heart,travel and all the nasty vicissitudes of life. His dream come true that his new album would be mixed by Phillipe Zdar who had produced Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand and French hip hop star MC Solaar this dream shattered when Zdar accidentally fell to his death, of a Parisian building. Pierson Ross had to adjust his game and move on and on the eve of one of the biggest games at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, when USA for the first time take on a host nation France in a world cup talks about his love for France his music and the upcoming tour.
Peirson Ross music you may consider adding to your playlist as some of the women have done during the world cup. The best way to experience Paris is on a bicycle and as my next gig is with Tour de France 2019 here is Peirson’s song Bicycle Song, and a special track he leaked for all of you to enjoy No Other Way.
No Other Way (specially leaked by the artist for your enjoyment)
1. How did you get your start and decide that you wanted to work full time in music?
Actually, it wasn’t my first choice. Although I’ve played in bands all my life with friends I never thought that touring and producing albums would be my full time job. After university, I actually started working with CBC journalists and a Canadian Film Centre project immersed in the world of story. After working alongside a uniquely gifted mentor, I quickly realized that I would not pursue the world broadcast journalism. That’s when it hit me! I should do this! So once I started with “three chords and the truth” there was no going back and of course if there was an embellishment or exaggeration it wasn’t news it was just a self expression in the form art in song.
My sister and I were also told at a very young age by my grandfather that “if you don’t write down your life, you’ll forget it”. So writing became a bit of an OCD ritual out of the fear of forgetting. Maybe not the most healthy motive initially but that fear was real and it got me writing a lot more than most kids. Once that habit was formed it was unbreakable, like any other addiction I always seemed to have this irrepressible urge to document. I’m happy to write for hours and those who know me well, know to just let me be whenever I lock myself in a room on the other side of the house. I mean I’m sure it’s a little annoying for some of my family and close friends but solitude is not lonely for me, it’s peaceful and I still believe that this quietude helps me process things and ultimately be a better social being once I do emerge from what my partner refers to as my “hibernation periods”.
It’s not an easy path and sometimes you don’t see as many rewards initially for all your hard work but I consider myself one of the lucky ones and am thankful for the amazing support I’ve received from fans, patrons, family and close passionate friends who have encouraged me to keep writing and singing from the heart.
2. What brought you to France?
I came to France a few months ago on contract to work for a new major label client, mix my latest album and to live! I’ve always loved the “joie de vivre” of French culture; the art, the food and of course all of the outstanding pioneers in music (Erik Satie, Debussy, Chopin+++) ! So to sing in Paris with my freaky avant guard band friends in the ‘musique du monde’ scene, write/co-produce a new client, and have Phillipe Zdar mix my latest album at Motorbass Studio was a dream come true , but not everything went as planned. After wrapping my client job I sadly was unable to to work with Zdar (my hero of sound design) due to his recent death. On the bright side, I’ve sang nightly at my Oberkampf residency in the 11th arrondissement and played everywhere from stuffy cave-like basements like Au Café de Paris, opening slots at La Maroquinerie to Musée de Picasso, a few cathedral performances and even met one of my contemporary heroes from the jazz world – Henri Texier.
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
Real life, sometimes daily mundane observations, other people’s extraordinary experiences and mostly those who are going through something heavy (including myself).
For the last few years, I’ve been hired as a ghostwriter by artists who either have writer’s block, speak English as a second language or who come from rigid academic disciplines like classical or jazz and aspire to be more relatable in the international, alt folk and pop music world.
My most recent client was a major record label that asked me to write lyrics and craft a tell tale album for an Italian opera singer who had just lost their spouse to suicide. Although tragedies like these are not a prerequisite to good songwriting, I don’t accept clients unless they are transparent about what they’re going through. As fellow empaths can attest, we really have no choice but to feel all the emotions that surround us. In that regard, the most challenging and draining part of my job is absorbing and thoroughly documenting someone’s most formative, mind-expanding, heart-wrenching and often devastating experiences. This is also the most rewarding part of what I do, in that you are privy to the most personal details of someone’s life throughout the duration of the project. It’s also how I’ve written my first albums deemed by others – “audio journals”. There is no time for pleasantries and since everyone needs an ear to vent into – I’ve become that ear. My French producer friends and I have a saying we share when working things out together in the studio: I say “Ne prenez pas cela professionnellement, c’est seulement personnel. Si ce n’est pas émotionnel, c’est de la foutaise” which means “Don’t take this professionally, it’s only personal. If it’s not emotional, it’s garbage.
Once I’ve had a chance to wholly digest their story after hours, days and sometimes weeks of conversations, notes from their therapist, confidants and/or translator I then begin to transform my chicken scratches on a notepad into a song. This is the most meaningful work and although it’s only taken up up a quarter of my year, I will always make time to write for others because it gets me out of my comfort zone and challenges me in different ways every time.
4. What about your album, tour and plans for your music?
My next album songs were born out of my own experience with depression stemming from someone very close to me struggling with cancer as well as debilitating hand injuries I acquired from a long distant canoe trip that prevented me from performing for 11 months of physiotherapy. Now that the patient has recovered and my hands are back in shape, I have a new lease on life and will be ready to tour extensively again in the new year. I love touring and as long as everyone is healthy at home and I’m physically able, I feel well designed for the road as the nomadic life when shared with friends in the band have been some of the best moments of our lives.
I have started working with new consultants Blue Hats Creative in Los Angeles to repackage some of my old catalogue and work alongside my current team of investors to share my music publicly on all platforms again soon. I’d like to thank everyone of my fans for their patience and reassure them that I’m working hard to bring them the most personal songs I’ve created to date.