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INTERVIEW: Punctual

Punctual are Will Lansley and John Morgan, a songwriter, producer and DJ duo whose debut single ‘Eva’ propelled them into the spotlight, clocking up over 3 million plays on Spotify to date and radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.

If you’re not already a Punctual fan, latest single Addicted To You is the perfect place to get properly acquainted. Warm, shimmering chords, shuffling percussion and an earworm vocal make this the perfect crossover house cut for the summer, and a flawless start to the next evolution in the sound of Punctual.

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

Very well thanks! Excited to have a lot of music coming out.

Can you talk to us more about your next single “Anything (For Your Love)”?

Anything (For Your Love) is the 2nd track off our upcoming EP. The theme of the EP was that we wanted to do flips of old school R&B tracks into summer dance records. It was inspired by the old school house records we grew up listening to, so we wanted to bring that feel back whilst putting our own twist on things in the production.

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

The piano loop is actually from a different song we wrote years ago, which we rediscovered when going through some old projects, and we thought: we’ve gotta make something out of that!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not currently, but you never know! I think we want to just let the music do the talking for the time-being.

How was the recording and writing process?

We originally had the acapella as a sample of “Debelah Morgan – I Love You”, but we wanted to re-record all the vocals on the EP so we had more control over the sound and add new bits in. So we reached out to our friend Laura Davie from the House Gospel Choir because we knew her voice would be perfect to recreate Debelah’s soulful sound.

What role does London play in your music?

Massively. Firstly because of the amazing writing scene here, where you learn so much and are constantly inspired by friends and what’s going on around you. Though also secondly because of gigs we’ve played here, like Fabric, XOYO, supporting Fatboy Slim at Alexandra Palace. Especially when creating dance music, you really get a feel for what works and what doesn’t on the dancefloor when you get to play regularly in a city which is right at the forefront of dance and house music in general.

How has Flume and Calvin Harris influenced your writing?

We try to take as much influence from as many different places as possible, but Flume and Calvin are both benchmarks in their own right in terms of what we aspire to be one day. That’s not to do with their massive success (although that’d be nice too), but because they both constantly push boundaries in terms of style, production and experimentation in their sound, but they do this whilst still maintaining a proper sense of identity in their music. It’s super hard to do!

As your music keeps getting much momentum – do you feel any pressure or rather the opposite?

Not particularly anymore. I think we did a little at the start when we were just starting to release music and realised that people out there were listening and were looking forward to our next track, I guess we just didn’t really want to let anyone down. We’ve had a couple of bumps on the way, some things we wish we’d done differently, some tracks we wish we’d released, but I think we’ve realised now that that’s just human, things can’t be perfect, and as long as we’re creating and releasing music we love that’s all that matters really.

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

We’ve literally got so much music coming, and we couldn’t be more excited. First with the rest of the EP over the next few months, but then we’ve got a hell of a lot lined up straight after that. We’re sitting on so much new music, the gameplan is just to get it all out into the world!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

With these things it seems like nothing can ever be set in stone these days, but just expect a lot of music coming from us regularly from now on.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve got a few dates in the calendar, some shows we can’t announce yet which we’re super excited about, but our main event this summer is playing the mainstage of Mysteryland Festival in Amsterdam in August – I think it’ll be just about the biggest gig we’ve ever played and we’ve got loads of friends coming over for it, should be amazing.

What else is happening next in Punctual’s world?

Apart from our own music, we’ve been writing and producing a lot for different artists too, which is always nice, a bit of a breath of fresh air, so be sure to follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with when all that stuff is coming out as well!

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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