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INTERVIEW: Blossomer

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

Ello ello, very well thanks. Busy as always, trying to balance work life with ‘fun life’. Also, not a big fan of the clocks changing a few weeks back, this darkness is a bit ‘orrible isn’t it?

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

HLLW has been floating around for a while now, for me anyway. I have been tweaking it whilst moving around the country. I think I probably originally started it when I was studying my masters degree a few years ago in Nottingham and I pretty much set up a mini studio space in the spare room in my city centre flat. I finished it off after moving down to London last year.

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

I wouldn’t say a particular event inspired the track, no. It was more of a reflection of what I was listening to at a certain moment in time and wanting to create something a little bit more abrasive than the usual melodic stuff I do. Although, there is probably still plenty of room to be even more abrasive.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for the time being. I went back to basics a bit with this EP and just really enjoyed writing the music. I have always created our music videos myself and I didn’t really feel a spark to create a video this time. Let the music do the talking as they say apparently…

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

I’ve always loved the word ‘hollow’. I even wanted to call the band Hollow originally, but I think there is already another artist or DJ called it or something. It just made sense to call the EP ‘HLLW’, plus the word implies a lot of different connotations.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was a little bit messy but also fun at the same time. I think I recorded the vocals over 4 or 5 different sessions, on different microphones, in different locations. I was listening to a load of trip hop stuff while working on this EP, so I really wanted a low end bassy sound to the EP. I produced all of this EP myself which was pretty fun and I got my brother (Blind Poses) to master it, as I always do.

What role does Sheffield play in your music?

Funnily enough, none of the band actually live in Sheffield anymore so it probably doesn’t have a direct influence on the music, like it used to. But we have worked with some pretty great Sheffield artists on our album such as Ross Orton and Dean Honer, so it was really nice to work with some local legends.

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

Religion has always intrigued me as a whole. I just find it wonderfully bizarre. Although I am not religious whatsoever. Quite the opposite.

Any plans to hit the road?

We will more than likely get some gigs booked in for the new year now. Manchester, London and Sheffield is the plan.

What else is happening next in Blossomer’s world?

I have actually booked myself an Airbnb in the middle of nowhere for a few days so I can write/record the new EP and generally churn out the overall sound, so that should be a pretty interesting few days.

Me and da BoiZ have also been planning a video session, in which we will record about 4 different tracks – new and old. Might even make it black and white because that looks trendy doesn’t it.

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