INTERVIEW: Bristol-based artist Felid

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

Thank you so much for having me, and all good thanks. This second UK lockdown hit me a little harder than the first for some reason, so I fell into a Netflix and pizza cycle for about a week, but I’m glad to be back out the other side and to have this release to look forward to now!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “On Your Own”?

Of course – It’s about not letting someone toxic back into your life. I’d been through a situation where I gave someone several chances and they kept taking advantage of it, so I had to make that painful decision to let go and move forward without them.

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

Yeah, it’s weirdly serendipitous (I think/hope!) – I actually dreamt this track up. In the dream I was sitting in a beautiful apartment next to my vocal engineer and we were listening to this track. I hadn’t heard it before but I knew it was mine (the way you weirdly just ‘know’ things in dreams), and a friend came in and nodded, and just said ‘Yeah, THIS is Felid’. I woke up at about 4.30am with that line ‘I don’t wanna feel that love again’ and the chord progression/production in my head, and went straight up to the studio to make it then and there. I think I went back to bed afterwards and only finished writing the verse lyrics later that day…

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I’d love to, but obviously lockdown is a little limiting. I’m definitely not afraid of that though, there are some great videos out there with little ‘production-value’ but incredible ideas, so I’ll be putting my director’s hat on over the next few days.

How was the recording and writing process?

I think this track had the smoothest transition from being in my head to being an actual song that I’ve experienced so far. Like I said, the idea pretty much fell out as soon as I woke up, and then it was just down to writing, singing, and recording the vocals correctly, and doing as good a job on the mix as I could.

What role does Bristol play in your music?

Massively. I chose to come to Bristol to study Music Production after being offered a place in London because I’ve always appreciated the culture here. You’ve got your classic’s like Massive Attack and the place Bristol holds in dub/dubstep’s past, but there are also some incredibly talented artists coming up these days. Seeing the likes of Harvey Causon and Luke Marshall Black starting to make waves of their own is definitely inspiring. 

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

100%. I was planning on finishing off this EP with two new releases in December but decided with the current lockdown and Christmas round the corner, I’d wait until the new year…

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Haha. Let’s tentatively say the second week of January, and even more tentatively say the EP might be called ‘Measured’

What else is happening next in Felid’s world?

A whole ton, actually. I’m currently getting a live show ready for once this whole pandemic mess is over, and there’s a lot of new music I’m working on to release in the not-too-distant future. Although I think 2021 could bring some exciting changes, so I’m not setting anything in stone…


‘On Your Own’ (out today):  Spotify  |  Soundcloud

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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