Two Legs

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Two Legs

Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?

I’m currently based in London. There’s always a gig to go to, and there is definitely the demand for it. It’s great to see people still paying for gigs despite the whole free music thing. Unfortunately, the electronic music scene here isn’t being treated with enough love by the local authorities, with laws such as the midnight curfews on Hackney venues inevitably suffocating the nightlife. Parties always find a way though…

How did you first start playing music and what brought you to this point?

My family has always been into music, especially my dad. He taught me how to play the basics of guitar, then I started working more on the studio side of things. I’ve played in bands, always loved playing live and recreating that energy in the studio. It’s something I’ll always do.

You are great at perfecting happy sad dance music, and the new track of yours ‘Grin’ is leaning on the indie pop vibes, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this Grin?

The songwriting stemmed from the darker side of indie, it’s quite introspective but at the same time tells a story that we can all relate to. My friend Francis Kershaw wrote the verse and it was originally a 2 minute guitar based indie song. I then took a whole host of my influences from acts like Moderat, Caribou, Kiasmos and put an electronic twist on it. My songs usually start on guitar anyway, and then I look to add in my electronic production style from there.

Where and when did you record?

I recorded the vocals in a friends studio, and did all the rest at home. The process was quite stop-start, and took 6 months or so.

I hear that you’ve always had a lyric book that you use for song writing (see pictures), where you draft, workshops and notes down anything that comes to your mind, how did this process start and why is it so effective for you?

I wanted to find something physical to store my lyrics, it’s nicer than on a laptop or phone. I thought it would be cool to look back on. I guess it’s also more effective than a phone or computer as you don’t get distracted – also, I can jump back quite quickly to past rough ideas if I’m looking for inspiration.
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How long have you been writing songs in this way?

I’ve been using the book since I was around 14. I was given it at a very young age, and my uncle had it before me. The first page is the first lines of novel I think he intended to write.
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Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to a lot of Clarian, his new album ‘Television Days’ came out recently. I saw Paul Simon the other day, so I’m getting stuck into ‘Graceland’. David August has a new album coming out also called ‘D’Angelo’ and the title track from that is well worth checking out.

What do you like to do outside of music?

Playing football; sipping cold ones; basking in the sun; frolicking.

What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?

I’ve got some new material that I’ll be pushing out before the end of the year. In 2019 I want to be releasing tracks and performing shows every second of every day.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I like most food. Right now, I’m in the mood for a really fatty cheesy burger. And, my favourite place to hangout? Public toilets, alone.

Check Out Grin Here!!

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