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INTERVIEW: LILIUM

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All: All good thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Disappear”?
Andrew: It’s our first single so I guess it’s big milestone for us. We’ve been told it sounds like quite a few things ranging from The Wild Beasts to Pearl Jam so that’s interesting?

Graeme: One guy told us he’d never heard anything like it before. I don’t know whether it was a compliment or not, though, hah

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Andrew: Not any-one event but instead a culmination of events I suppose.

Graeme: The song started a lot differently to how it has ended up now, it’s really grown into what you hear on the recording through us playing it and tweaking it over and over.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
Andrew: Yeah we’ve got an animated video that’s in the final stages of production, Sam has been working tirelessly on it with a really good animator that we happened to meet.

Graeme: Sam has been keeping it on lockdown. Its a super secret project that nobody is allowed to talk about.

Sam: It’s taken on a life of its own for sure, but the animation style is quite traditional, hand drawn so it’s been time consuming. I’ve been working with animator Ajmal Areeb Ishaq who has done such a great job of bringing it all to life.

Who came up with the animated concept?
Andrew: It could have been anyone of us really I think we all just wanted to do something interesting and something that didn’t have our faces in it I think. But who had the idea first I’m not sure.

Graeme: Yeah, we didn’t really want our first video to just be footage of us playing. Hopefully our animation will interest people, as well as the song.

Sam: It was definitely a shared interest in taking the opportunity to do something more creative, with a concept and narrative that resonate visually with the themes of the song.

How was the recording and writing process?
Andrew: Really good, we recorded at the Motor Museum and that was an unreal experience, to work in a studio like that was definitely a highlight for me.

The writing process was sort of on-going, despite having it all sorted before we went in things just change as you’re going along and the song kind of becomes something else by the end of each day.

Graeme: Yeah, it was a great process. We worked with producer James Mellor, who also mixed it for us. He’s a good lad.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Andrew: Yeah we’ve got two more songs in the mixing stage at the moment so they should be sorted in the near future.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Andrew: We’re just about sorted on the titles but I guess the release dates will be early next year?

Graeme: Yeah, there’s lots of ideas floating around at the minute with what we’re going to do next.

Any plans to hit the road?
Andrew: Yeah definitely, we’d be looking to support someone on a tour rather than go on a headline one of our own at the moment though.

Graeme: We’re in discussions with a load of 2017’s festivals, so hopefully we’ll be able to get on the road and visit some of them next summer.

What else is happening next in LILIUM’s world?
Andrew: Well Emma can’t get over the fact that Graeme beat her at chess, it’s a continuing issue to be honest.

Graeme: Apparently, I’m amazing at chess, so I’m considering leaving the band to take that up as a full time career. I think that’s my true calling.

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