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INTERVIEW: Harlequiin

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

All is good here thanks, enjoying the good London weather and working on new music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Melt In Olive”?

Yeah, I wrote Melt In Olive for Elliot Cole to sing. It started with a wonky Hudson Mohawke type synth and then evolved into something for more soulful but still a bit plaintive.

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

The song is pretty abstract, but its kind of about city scapes changing and the world you know evolving. It’s basically about change and coming to terms with that constant process. But yeah it’s pretty abstract and I guess I like people to find their own interpretation of what it’s about for them.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There is a single for the video, it’s some weird chopped up puppetry from the 1960’s!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C2WoZosU3Jw

The single comes off your new album Clock That’s Stopped – what’s the story behind the title?

The title is again about time and change I guess, but the whole was based on a photo I took from Blackpool Pier of a locket tied to a railing saying ‘Kenny and Denise, 10 may, 1995’.

There was something about the names and the date, that I found evocative. I guess it’s just recent enough to feel like it’s in our lifetime but also feels consigned to history a little bit.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing and recording all happened at my house in South London, everything recorded and written in one room. And Elliott made the substantial journey from Exeter to put the final vocals down on the EP.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are working on your own original material?

To a certain extent yes, but unless you feel free to fully give yourself creatively in collaboration then it’s frustrating. There is obviously the balanced dynamic which you finesse in any collab- but feeling like your ‘thing’ is valued is important when working with others.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration comes from everywhere really, experiences of course, but also glimpses of ideas, pictures, photos, books. I prefer the more abstract, less literal interpretations and responses to things. So perhaps that’s what I favour in my inspirations- the grey, fuzzy stuff that’s hard to define or grasp is part of the beauty of inspiration.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are playing a show in Paris in September and hopefully Bristol and London around that time too….

What else is happening next in Harlequiin’s world?

I’m out on tour with the Maccabees next week playing trumpet on their UK farewell tour. Should be fun….

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