Artist name: Feldspar
Release name: Cure for the Night | Beautiful People | Hang Your Head
Release date: 06/10/14 | 03/11/14 | 01/12/14
1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
I don’t think it’s something you can ever attribute to a specific moment. We all grew up around music and playing music, so it’s always been there as a vital thing in our lives.
2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
World domination, obviously. Failing that, however, we’ll settle for making a living making music. The travelling aspect is excellent – visiting places and meeting people we wouldn’t otherwise meet through playing our music is a brilliant thing. We’re on our first UK tour this Autumn, and we’re looking to go to Europe and America over the next couple of years. Hitting the open road with a van full of instruments is a great feeling.
3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Will and Ben have been writing songs together for quite a few years. They started off in the folk tradition inspired by Dylan, Cohen, Paul Simon, and the English folk-revivalists like John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Since Feldspar formed though the band has taken a more indie route, building on folk songwriting but being much more musically expansive and loud. It’s more fun.
4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
It’s always hard to pick one. To us it feels like it’s getting bigger and better week on week. Recording and finishing this latest series of singles has been a brilliant experience as I think we all feel like we’ve found our sound for the first time. And playing the main stage at Festibelly this summer was brilliant – projecting through huge speakers on a massive stage to lots of people counteracted at least partially some of the toilet gigs through tinny systems…
5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
At its core the songwriting comes from the storytelling tradition of people like Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Villagers. But the band has lots of different influences – Ben is classically trained, James’ first love is blues, Jonny grew up playing prog rock, and Woody like everything from 80s synth pop to throat-singing. We try and make music that has light and shade going from intensely delicate and hushed to anthemic and huge. We think we sit well alongside bands like The National, Arcade Fire, and Bon Iver.
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
We’re trying something a bit different with our new releases. Rather than an EP, we’re releasing four singles in four months, with each track supported by a mini-tour visiting the North, East, South, and West of the UK. (We’re calling it the Compass Tour, perhaps a little predictably). We’ve just finished the Northern leg for the release of ‘Song Without a Chorus’ which took us to Leamington Spa, Leeds, and Manchester, and we’re setting off out East on 3rd October promoting the next track ‘Cure for the Night’.
7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
So many people to recommend! Davey James came on tour with us recently – he’s a brilliant blues guitarist and singer songwriter. We played with Tom Hyatt and Tommy Antonio recently, who are both excellent songwriters. And our producer for our new singles Sam plays in an excellent indie-folk band called Fitz. They are all well worth listening to as soon as you can.
8. Any gigs coming up?
The next single launch is at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on October 8th. The other dates for the Eastern leg of the Compass tour are:
3rd Oct – Cult Café, Ipswich
4th Oct – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
5th Oct – The King’s Head, East Bergholt
All tickets and the other tour dates are available from musicglue.com/feldsparmusic
9. Where can we find/follow you online?
We’re all over the internet. Specifically in these places,