INTERVIEW: Ed Tattersall

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

Life’s been seriously cool recently, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest rendition for Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood”? Why did you choose to cover this track in particular?

Clint Eastwood, like most Gorillaz records, is so different from anything else out there. I couldn’t really say why we chose this track in particular, I mean, they have so many bangers. It just sort of came up. I do remember needing to fill out a long set with some covers for this private gig, so I was racking my brains for songs I knew all the lyrics too. I have no idea how but I have known the lyrics to this song since I was like 10, way before I picked up my first guitar.

Was it easy to reimagine this song in particular?

I wouldn’t say it was particularly easy to reimagine it, though my initial direction on the song was way different to where it ended up. I started playing it with just 3 chords on the guitar with a tempo similar to the original. It wasn’t until I took it into the studio with my musical partner, Jamie Petrie, that we approached it with a piano and slowed down the tempo. Once Jamie and I started this process our version started to take shape.

How did you get to balance the original and iconic melodies and overall tone with your own take?

Approaching Clint Eastwood vocally was quite a bit different to other songs that we’ve worked on. Once we had the piano down, the darker tone of the track was beginning to take shape. Jamie suggested approaching the rap sections with a more melodic vibe by using the textures in my voice more and drawing it away from the original rap delivery. We tried to sprinkle some melodic reference points throughout the track. Like the “ooo ooo ooo ooo” part at the intro of the original, we adjusted the melody and duplicated it but we felt that it was a good link to the Gorillaz version and we wanted to still leave a bit of familiarity.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Shooting the music video with Movies Darling was, like all the videos we shoot, incredible. Jamie also directs my music videos, which really helps us keep to our shared vision of this album, from both a visual and a listening perspective. The shoots are hilarious, we have such a great team around the projects that you can’t not have fun. I’ve ended up in some pretty crazy places during these videos. Including having huge waves crashing down on me whilst sat on a chair just off the coast of Bournemouth and running on a treadmill in a derelict house in a designer suit whilst surrounded by lethal debris. The Clint Eastwood video was no exception as they had me jumping across imaginary rivers and stroking make belief bunny rabbits in a white infinity studio just outside Brighton.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recording process was a combination of insanely late nights, lots of whiskey and a bloody good time. Jamie and I have been writing and recording this album together for over 3 years now and it’s safe to say we’ve developed a really strong work flow. We work at Jamie’s studio which is sat right in the middle of the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. It’s actually a bit of heaven. To be able to get away from it all and just go write, work and chill with my best bud is a seriously lucky place to be in.

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

In the words of the Carpenters “we’ve only just begun”.  I’ve got a remix by Defoe coming out on Friday 27th September which has been christened “The Good, The Bad and The Dubby” and then in mid/late October I have my second digital single coming out called Delicate Mind. Then next year, I’ll be dropping some more tracks before releasing my debut album.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

For the Album, not as yet. Right now it’s all about getting these singles out there and building a big family of supporters. The support I’ve had so far has just been incredible and it’s so cool that my songs are resonating with so many people. The album will definitely be out next year, but you still have the second and third singles still to come.

Any plans to hit the road?

To coincide with the “The Good, The Bad and The Dubby” release on the 27th Sept, I’ve been invited to play my first show in Liverpool at a venue called ‘The Club House’ by a really cool drinks company called Lanique.

Then on the 16th of October, I’ve got my first headline show in London at Rye Wax, Peckham and I’ll be performing THe Bedford, Balham on 17 December.

What else is happening next in Ed Tattersall’s world?

I’ll be concentrating on finishing off my third single Embrace The Waterfall and filming the video for it. As well as finishing off my album I’ll also be preparing for my first national tour early next year to support it.

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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