Interview: Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues, by Marcus Way

Justin Hayward is the main singer, songwriter and guitarist with legendary band The Moody Blues. His career in music has spanned six decades and spawned huge international hits including Nights in White Satin and Fly Me High for The Moody Blues and Forever Autumn for Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

Together with The Moody Blues, Justin has sold more than 70 million albums and has been awarded more than a dozen platinum and gold discs. He knows the trade better than most, having cut his teeth as a session musician and in covers bands during the early sixties, before moving to London to hook up with Marty Wilde and then The Moody Blues.

We caught up with him after he received his third Ivor Novello Award (this time for his outstanding achievement in British music) to pick his brains about songwriting and find out why he finds collaborating such a tricky task. He also talks about the lasting influence of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and tells us what he’s working on next….

Photo credit: Marcus Way