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INTERVIEW: UK Indie/Folk Artist Percival Elliott

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

O: Amazing thank you, excited to be chatting to you. 

S: Like wise, it’s a pleasure. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forever”?

S: Forever is the story of a love so strong that it will last until the sun burns out. An attraction so magnificent that it can change tides and takes your breath away. 

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

O: We’ve all been shot by Cupid, that bullet, that spark can last forever. You can’t choose it or buy it, it just hits you. It’s pure organic magic in its most beautiful form.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

O: Oh yes… all done and dusted. Cor that was a day. I spent the dawn rowing my comrade around a stunning lake in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by Swans… They belong to the queen Sam those swans right? We’re hoping for a royal wedding invitation.

S: That was indeed an early morning, 5am, cold and no daylight to guide us across the almost frozen lake. Poor Olly rowed me across the lake like a prince on his birthday. We hope to release the video before Christmas. 

The single comes off your new album Save Your Soul – what’s the story behind the title?

O: Basically don’t listen to your head. It’s clear to me that we as human beings have forgotten the art of following our hearts, our souls, our gut instincts. ‘Save Your Soul.

How was the recording and writing process?

O: Writing and recording is a lot of Fun, Sam’s a digital wizard and we bounce melodies to each other a lot.. the world is full of colour and flavours at present, good and bad. So our pallet is fully loaded and ready to create new sounds.

S: I’m always on the look out for new sounds and textures. I live by Trent Reznor’s quote ‘There is something strangely musical about noise’. The world is full of music and inspiration. It’s amazing what you can soak up when your phone is left at home.

What role does England play in your writing?

O: The cobbled streets, the history, the public houses and the English Witt. That’s the positive attributes to our writing, love a pint of London Pride me. 

S: I’ve always lived by the sea she offers freedom, change and opportunity. England is an extremely beautiful country with a rich history it’s hard not to stumble on inspiration. Sometimes just opening the curtains captivates the soul.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing in your own?

O: Not really a different approach. We are all different so different people bring different influences/tools to the table.. did I use the word different enough Sam?

S: Not sure Mr Hite? Music is like a soup; it’s all about mixing the right ingredients. Sometimes you have to break some eggs or slow roast and check on the idea in a weeks. 

How has The Beatles and Jeff Buckley influenced your writing?

O: Easy… Press play and listen up!

S: Timeless, poets that continue to surprise and inspire. Each time I hear a track by either artist I discover something new. 

What aspect of redemption did you get to explore on this record?

O: We have a lovely track on this album named all messed up. This track is about forgiving each other after a huge argument. Things may seem messed up at the time but once the smoke has cleared you quickly realise that there are greater forces at work and that love can mend any argument. We’re really looking forward to release this track as future single.

S: I think we all need saving to a certain degree, we’re just lucky enough to have music to help us redeem ourselves. 

Any plans to hit the road?

O: Lots more recording, we are on a roll at the moment, so more studio time. We are going to unleash ‘save your soul’ the album in the new year and if a tour comes off then I’m keen to go ride my new scooter with piano in tow ?

S: I’m hoping that Olly has a sidecar on his scooter for myself and maybe my two dogs. 

What else is happening next in Percival Elliott’s world?

 S: Release the album, write and record new some new tunes. Then perhaps a world tour in the Zeppelin and or hot air balloon. Around the world in 80 plays… 

O: Or maybe a Percival Elliott Steam train. No doubt the train would always be late…

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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