Monday, 15 February 2016

Feature: Art Block (15/02/16)

Art Block is a singer/songwriter from East London; creating alternative rock / indie music and gigging locally. His forthcoming EP 'Borderline' - produced by BBC Radio award-wining musicians, Ben Walker, from Folkroom Records - will be released on 4th March 2016. So we caught up with Art for a quick Q&A and listen of the title track 'Borderline'... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I wrote my first song at 15. Inspired by Pet Shop Boys lol

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Neil Young at Hyde Park or Roger Waters performing The Wall at The O2. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
A lot of unsigned artists on SoundCloud you've probably never heard of. I love Sophie Jamieson and her 'Where EP', which still resonates today. 

3 Qs for Art:

1. Which band / artist would you most like to collaborate with and why?
I've always wanted to collaborate with Ben Walker, who is an extremely talented folk musician and I was lucky enough to do so on the Borderline EP. 

2. Where do you gain inspiration and influences from whilst writing?
Usually SoundCloud - it's a mine of undiscovered talent. I'm also inspired daily by the amazing world around us. Living in London is good for that! 

3. Which track are you most excited for people to heard from your forthcoming EP 'Borderline' and why? 
'Breaking Point' as it is so different from my previous songs. It has an electronic experimental aspect to it. Ben Walker's guitar playing is phenomenal. 

Random Q:

Favourite lyric?
'Where the old Thames does flow...' - from The Verve's 'History'. 

'Borderline' Review:
The long but intricate guitars throughout, work perfectly alongside the haunting, echoing vocals and steady beat, creating a beautiful harmonious song. It fits into the genre perfectly, the only negative not being able to hear the well crafted lyrics clearer; but a great title track to welcome the rest of the EP with... 

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