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30 seconds interview: Syd Arthur

Original article from: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/newmusic/30seconds/30-seconds-interview-syd-arthur/

Kentish four piece Syd Arthur hail from the forest rave scene of their green and pleasant home county, blending swirling rock skirmishes with cosmic funk soundscapes.

It’s a warm, glowing sound that nestles somewhere in between Tame Impala and Steely Dan, and has already carried them successfully through three complex albums.

Their latest, Apricity, was released last month on Communion, to rapturous praise from most corners of the British music press.

Produced by Beck guitarist Jason Falkner, it’s a tight ride into psych-pop territory, with one foot firmly in the indie mainstream.

To celebrate its release they’ve been out on tour with Jake Bugg and White Denim both in the UK and US.

We recently caught up with them to learn more…

We first started making music because…
We were inspired by so many different things as a band when we started out. The internet played a massive part in our formative years, in being able to access all of this music from everywhere, at any time. When you start searching you come across a lot of exciting music which inspires you. You start to imagine, ‘what if we crossed certain ideas from the past with the present, trying to find combinations others might not have seen?’ Also being really into events and parties/raves inspired us – trying to combine all of our interests into this one thing we could do as a living.

We have been making music since…
School!! A long time ago. We feel very blessed to be still playing music together, for sure. We have just released our third album, already looking forward to the next one.

Our music is…
Hopefully something that sounds like us! I think whenever you have a band, a unique sound is created based upon the common thread that links all of the members together.

We try to focus on melody, approach the production from a different angle each record and are always thinking about the next thing we are going to work on.

You’ll like our music if you listen to…
Led Zeppelin, Caravan, Caribou, Soft Machine, Radiohead, Stereolab, Beck, Dungen, David Crosby…

Our favourite venue is…
The Greek Theatre in LA is definitely one of the best places we have played. It’s so fun to play outdoor shows.

Music is important because…
It connects directly through vibrations. It can heal and bring joy and unite a room full of people, if only for a short while. Lyrics are of course really important, but so is being able to communicate without language, which is something music can do. It can help us transcend from the mundane and it can show us things we didn’t know about ourselves and others.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Life itself and what tomorrow will sound like.

Our dream collaboration would be…
To make an album with David Axelrod.

To try us out, listen to our song…
No Peace.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Doing something artistic and creative, it’s our way of making sense of this world.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Touring the world with live production, being able to have a big and exciting performance that’s an immersive experience. Lots of lights and video mapping, LED walls. And also being able to recycle the energy from people dancing back into the system to power the show.

http://sydarthur.co.uk/

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