Hi Tall Kingdom, tell us about yourself?
So my names Rich and I co-write all the songs Tall Kingdom as well playing guitar and synths live. Live we perform as an ever-expanding 4 piece including drums, bass, synths, guitars and keys.
What is your songwriting process?
Writing-wise the main bulk is written by Stu & I and is often quite a long process of demoing ideas then giving them time to breathe. Once we’ve got the demos to place where we’re happy we’ll start to replace and re-record the ideas with live drums, vocals and re-track instruments – it’s a pretty drawn-out affair, haha.
Tell us about your latest release?
Our latest release ‘Fourth’ is an insight into the new direction that we’ve been heading. The last EP and this one were all written in an intense period last year and culminates in another three tracks due out later this year. It shows the evolution of the project into a band and hopefully see’s our songwriting mature. We’ve always strived to get the most emotion out of every piece, be it instrumental or not, so these tracks reflect that. They’re also the first time we’ve tracked live drums and is something we’re really proud of.
Who are your musical influences?
Influence wise we pull from a huge array of different artists and angles. From Glassjaw & Dillinger Escape Plan to Bon Iver, Venetian Snares or Battles I think all of these sounds have influenced the notes we reach for or aesthetic we chose, often without even realising.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Outside of music, I spend a lot of time in the Dales walking or climbing so that landscape must affect what comes out. It seems to go hand in hand with big moments of noise juxtaposing relative calm.
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
We’ve only played a few shows so far but being able to debut the band at The Brudenell Social (In Leeds)club was pretty iconic. We’ve all seen so many shows there, so climbing on stage was pretty insane.
What is your funniest gig moment?
On the stupid moments front, it was actually from that show. We started the gig but found out that someone had unplugged the DI box in front of us to I had to spend the first 30 seconds crawling around on the floor trying to find the offending cable. Getting a cheer from the crowd then you plug it back in and get sound out of both speakers is petty embarrassing, haha.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
The biggest hurdles for an artist today has to be breaking through the noise. There’s so much music out there now, both amazing and not so that standing out is incredibly difficult. I think it’s only in the last six months that we’ve started to embrace all aspects of what it means to be a band and strive to be noticed. This includes all the usual. Including social media, releasing music and remaining active.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Advice wise I’d say be OK with the idea that everything you write might not be good enough for release, but that’s OK. Often our worst attempts have to lead to something great, or we’ve been able to harvest a little moment from the junk and put it into something else. It’s all a long learning curve, so be patient.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
Next two years – I’d love to be playing festivals, have really refined the band and sound to be in a place where we’re happy and defined ‘our sound’. We’re still searching but getting closer each day.
FV Music Blog July 2020
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