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Kravitz looks to ‘Brian Wilson phase’

Lenny Kravitz believes he’s on the verge of entering a “Brian Wilson phase” – and it’ll take form when he learns to surf in the near future.

He’s been inspired by life at his second home in the Bahamas to look for a new musical direction.

Kravitz tells Rolling Stone: “Last night my sax player caught a 15-pound snapper that we just threw on the grill. That’s the quality of living here – pick vegetables out of the garden and fish out of the sea.

“My big decision is, which beach are we going to hang out on? When we get to the water am I going to paddleboard or swim?”

He admits he’s a beginner when it comes to surfing, and that he’s not a strong swimmer. But he adds: “I made a plan a month ago – surfing is going to change my music. It’s going to offer me something I don’t have that I need to move towards.”

Kravitz, who’s been listening to the Beach Boys a lot recently, continues: “A Brian Wilson phase wouldn’t be bad.”

He remains glad that he followed his grandfather’s advice to remain authentic and follow his instincts, leading him to reject several approached from record companies when he was staring out.

“I said no to about three major deals,” he recalls. “One of them was to join a group of other African American guys. It might have lasted a record or two – and it would have been over.”

Kravitz released 10th album Strut in September.

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.