INTERVIEW: Tally Spear

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

I’m doing well thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Already Gone”?

Sure… This one is about the negative feelings that sometimes come with new beginnings and new relationships, when you’re not quite in the right zone to dive in. It’s about feeling distant to someone when they’re right in front of you, just when you’re meant to be feeling connected.

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

Dating somebody new inspired the track, and just not being able to feel settled or connected, even at the start. Emotions are complicated right.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process basically involved balancing the camera on various piles of books and hitting record before running into frame, or getting a family member to film for me. (It was filmed during the height of lockdown if you didn’t know.) I had a lot of visions in my mind of what visuals I wanted to see for this track to represent its meaning, so it was a matter of turning it into reality while stuck at home. It was an experiment, but I find that my best work comes about when I haven’t planned it all through.

The single comes off your new EP Tally – why naming the album after yourself?

This EP is very personal. The lyrical themes take us through uncertainty, self-exploration, and feelings of confusion, almost a ‘coming of age’ kind of vibe. It’s the biggest body of work I’ve put out and it’s all about self-expression, speaking directly to the listener about my inner thoughts and insecurities. So it made sense to me, to call it Tally.

How was the recording and writing process?

The tracks were written as they appeared in my mind, over the last 12 months, all separately but all having themes in common. I can’t force myself to write, and I don’t even have a ‘process’ as such. When I get the idea, I write it down, and then I go and get it recorded. I worked with Max Marlow for three of the tracks, and he totally got my vision of where I wanted to take the songs sonically. It was a really fun recording process for sure.

What was it like to work with Martin Hollis and how did that relationship develop?

I was introduced to Martin a while ago, he heard my rough recording of ‘City Girl’ on my four-track recorder and had load of ideas of where to take it for a record. He’s a brilliant producer and great person to work with. We recorded at British Grove studios, but I actually went back to the record recently and re-recorded some vocals and guitars with Anthony Trueman. I’m really proud of ‘City Girl’ and where we have got it to now.

How has the likes of CREAM influenced your writing?

Their tracks are timeless really. The music is not over complicated, it’s raw and organic and they show that all you need is a great riff to drive your song, as in ‘Sunshine Of Your Love.’ I was inspired to cover a Cream track around the time we lost Ginger Baker last year, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to include it in this EP.

What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?

I explored loneliness, a desire for independence, the feelings of craving something but not knowing quite what, the hunger we have find meaning in our relationships and experiences, a desire for freedom…

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I find my inspiration in everyday life, in other people and my relationships with them, places I go, and experiences I have. London as a city, and the people inside it is at the root of my writing.

What else is happening next in Tally Spear’s world?

More music as ever! I’m also going to be releasing some recorded live versions of the EP tracks, as I haven’t been able to do any shows, so I’m super excited for that.


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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