An interview about the artwork for The Madden Brothers new album Greetings From California
Webb has recently collaborated with The Madden Brothers (originally from the band Good Charlotte) to create the cover art for their album ‘Greetings from California’. We asked him about working on the project,
- Have you collaborated with musicians/done any album artwork before?
JW- No, I’ve had a few requests from but was waiting for an album I really liked and that was going to be released internationally. It’s already made number 1 in the charts in Australia so am really happy I held out. Once you let a band use an artwork that’s it, it can’t be used again ever, so it has to be the right artist.
-How did you come to work with The Madden brothers?
JW- They contacted me after seeing an interview with me in Fault magazine. They were doing an interview with the same magazine. They’d been looking for artwork for ages apparently, but weren’t happy with what they had so far. They felt my artworks was a perfect fit to their music. All of a sudden I found myself meeting up with the guys in London and that was it!
-Is music an area with which you feel an affinity as an artist? Is it important to your work?
JW- I’m a musician myself and used to play in bands a few years ago so definitely yes. I also used to sample unusual pieces of music from vinyl and remix old obscure records, like an aural version of my collages really. I was always a massive fan of Storm Thorgerson and Peter Blake amongst the many other artists who made classic album covers. I like the way a piece of artwork can be tailored towards a body of music. Record sleeves are perfect little canvases to reach a larger audience on. I used to buy albums based on the album cover quite often…the cover is an important part of the whole package of an album.
-Is the image on the cover a special commission or did they pick something from your existing work?
JW- It was an existing piece. We tried lots of other ideas but kept coming back to this one. They guys wanted something iconic for the cover and felt this image encapsulated the feel of the album perfectly.
-Tell us about the image
JW- I guess it’s quite an uplifting optimistic image…It’s conveying the idea of taking on the world, jumping in with gusto, having no fear and seeing what happens.
Greetings from California is out Sept. 16th on Capitol records.
See Joe Webb’s latest work at Multiplied Art Fair October 17-20 October at Christie’s, South Kensington.