Hey, thanks for talking to us. Could you tell us something about yourselves that nobody knows?
No worries, it's my pleasure! You know, that's a hard one. Though one thing that people maybe don't know is that I used to play classical violin. Whilst I no longer really play, I did play the string parts on my previous single, 'Live Another Day.'
What influences have gone into your sound recently?
Ah, I've taken inspiration from a few people actually. It's hard to sometimes see or know how influence manifests in my music, but I've been enjoying Shura a lot recently, also Sigrid, Diplo. My vocal coach actually introduced me to a track called 'Evergreen' by Yebba and I've had that pretty much on repeat for the last few weeks.
Is it part of a larger project, an EP or album?
It is in fact a single. I actually released a version of this song a little while ago, but from playing it at many shows both with and without the band, it's taken on a whole new guise - I also rewrote some of the chords and lyrics. This version is much more in line with the sound I want to portray, and I feel it is paving the way for what is to come.
Do you feel like your city influences your sound at all?
Totally! I drive to the studio every day, so a lot of my stimulation comes from driving across town, seeing people, hearing sounds, and being a driver in London really makes me feel a part of the city. I actually drive everywhere, to all my shows, sessions, etc., so I really feel in touch with the city at all times, I also get the chance to see it at all stages of it's daily life!
What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?
Well, we played a packed show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney, London on Tuesday 12th November with the full band. Following that, there will be another single out in early December, and then I will be doing more shows into the new year, where we will be playing some new unreleased material which I've been working on.
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