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INTERVIEW: Tall Children

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

Hi Team VENTS! I’m very well thank you! Busy, busy, busy – that’s how I’ve been! All ‘good busy’ though, which is a refreshing change.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Be With Me”?

Be With Me is a banging pop tune that is the result of a few trains of thought. It all began with the acoustic guitar which is my bread and butter. The theme plays like a love song and in many ways it is, but not to anyone specifically. It’s my love letter to fans, offering them to ‘Be With Me’ on a journey that already has started grabbing the attention and imagination of fans far and wide. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes there’s a video on the way which has a simple visual play on the theme and a lot of me goofing about.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wanted a tune that was fundamentally grounded in crazy guitar playing, but written so that it didn’t rely on guitar acrobatics. Writing is always something that fascinates me in as much as you always know when it’s working. Cliched though it might be ‘Be With Me’ wrote itself. The initial guitar riff became the vocal melody and the bridge was an homage to my influences. But the key for me in songwriting is having a massive chorus. In final production, I decided to abandon the fireworks on guitar playing and just have a fat bass line driving the melody with the energy in the chorus. Recording the song was another story: my demo was passed around a merry-go-round of producers who all hacked into the structure, but I felt each missed the mark. Then Richard Turvey (Blossoms) suggested the contrariness of structure was the point, not something to be “corrected”. Tom Longworth (Vryll Society) also featured heavily in contributing sonic landscape touches. It all clicked from that point on.

What role does Liverpool play in your music?

Liverpool is my home town and a city I’m extremely proud of. I find the most consistent feature of co-writes, production or the music scene in general in Liverpool is that there’s a “no nonsense” approach applied to everything. I really love the honesty. Nobody’s afraid to just hit you on the nose with how they really feel about something, especially music. Clearly the heritage of the Beatles has set the bar pretty high, so you’ve got to up your game if you want to grab people’s attention. My music is constantly checked and rechecked by close friends and family and they’re all brutally honest about what they think. Being direct is so important to me. And that’s my approach to the songs.

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

Yes – new material is already in the can. There are about 4 tunes that are ready to go. Now it’s a shouting match within team Tall Children as to which one goes first!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not as yet, as my focus is on the current single. But I suspect it’s over a month away. Title will have to be a surprise ;))

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes there are plans for live shows. I’m hosting a “Pop Party” in Studio 2 in Parr St Liverpool which will feature a host of musicians and DJs making waves in the industry. I expect to do something similar in London in June. Plus, I’m doing a lot of secret pop up gigs as well to keep everything as active as possible. 

What else is happening next in Tall Children’s world?

What – aside from the single releases, the songwriting, the co-writing, the producing, the engineering, the chasing, the fighting, the gigging, the designing, the pontificating, the man-management, the travelling, the organising, the communicating, the orchestrating, the money earning, the connecting, the blood, the sweat and the tears?  Well, lots of teaching, lots of painting and writing, some extremely exciting things in Los Angeles and in general an entire elephant to eat by the end of the year, though I think it’s still sage advice to go one bite at a time!

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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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