INTERVIEW: British Folk Multi-Instrumentalist TALLY

Hi Tally, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I’m well thank you – busy, but busy is best!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wrong Side of the Road”?

This is the first step for me as an artist and songwriter, so I’m really excited to get this first single out into the ether. The song is a bit of a paradox, because it sounds very upbeat and positive, but the lyrics are quite different, describing an anxiety that I and many people my age or younger experience as they are trying to find their way into the world…

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote it while at university, when I was feeling rather lost and overwhelmed. I would watch the crowds and the students around me who I didn’t know, and wonder if they felt as confused as I did…

How was the film experience?

This was a first time I’ve filmed a music video that really focuses on me – I’m not a natural behind the camera, so it was a challenge to overcome that and be confident. We shot the video in many beautiful locations across England which was a joy.

How was the recording and writing process?

Some songs take so many months to write, while others just sort of mysteriously appear and write themselves! This song was one of those; I started with the guitar riff, wrote some lyrics and it fell into place quite quickly. I went to the studio soon after with my very talented producer George Shilling, and by the end of the day we had a rough mix finished.

What role does London play in your music?

London is my home, my comfort place – it’s where I was born and where I’ve never strayed since. It is a city filled with fascinating people and complex societies. My observation of our society, of the people of London and their lives and differing beliefs, will always be part of my writing and inspiration.

What is it about the 60s that you find so fascinating?

So much was happening for the first time back then! Music seemed to me to be so organic and exciting; people really connected to the music and art around them. It was around the 50s and 60s that rock and roll really began – what a crazily fun time to have been alive!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’m exited to get more out there following this single, I’m spending a lot of time in the studio at the moment and making plans.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Ooh I can’t give anything away.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would so love to travel with my music. I can only hope that the answer is YES at some point in the future.

What else is happening next in Tally Spear’s world?

Playing and writing and travelling as much as possible. Along with some inevitable confusion about all of that.



Single Launch at the Troubadour on 3rd May – Tix here –

Pixie Lott Ella Guru Sessions on Thursday 4th May

Watch here


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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