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30 seconds interview: Wovoka Gentle

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

William Stokes and twins Imogen and Ellie Mason make up Wovoka Gentle, a three piece experimental trio formed back in 2014.

Their first project together was to provide a score for avant-garde physical theatre company Stasis’ production A Table, directed by Aniela Piasecka. From there, they went on to compose new music for the world premiere of Alex Howarth’s stage adaptation of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape at London’s Bridewell Theatre.

The use of performance art, installations and projected visuals has since made its way to the heart of Wovoka Gentle’s live shows, musical outings that have come interspersed with EPs Wovoka Gentle [Yellow] and Wovoka Gentle [Blue].

The trio are now cuing up their next EP with the ace, Ferris Bueller- informed When Cameron was in Egypt’s Land Let my Cameron Go, full of woozy harmonies and synthetic samples. Intrigued? Then catch them live at Chats Palace in East London on 29 September…

We first started writing music because…
That was the language we could speak best.

We have been making music since…
We were children. As a band – since we were invited to compose a score together for a piece by Stasis Company, a performance art trio based in Edinburgh. We all knew each other already, having collaborated as different projects. We really enjoyed working together, and a lot of the ideas from the Stasis show went on to become the basis for Wovoka Gentle demos.

Our music is…
‘Experimental folk’, ‘psychedelic folk’, ‘folk rock’, ‘multidimensional freak-folk’, ‘experimental rock’, ‘electro folk’ etc

You’ll like our music if you listen to…
Music that demands a bit of excavating to get the most out of it; people tend to place us somewhere between Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and Sufjan Stevens.

Our favourite venue is…
Our next gig is at Chats Palace in East London which is a beautiful space; Cafe Oto’s vibe and commitment to experimental sound is amazing; The ICA in central London is the perfect size, has amazing sound and lighting and is a multi-disciplinary venue, so it’s right up our street. Plus it’s next door to Buckingham Palace.

Music is important because…
Because it’s a language that absolutely everybody can understand.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Steven Spielberg’s Hook. And the Bible.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Daphne Oram if she was still alive, Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo or Thurston Moore. Olivia Norris who creates our visuals and artwork also performs with us onstage; we wanted to work with her from the beginning, so that’s a dream collaboration come true. She’s now pretty much a fourth member of the band.

To try us out, listen to our song…
When Cameron was in Egypt’s Land Let my Cameron Go which is on our next EP.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Probably going out for dinner more often.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
Still making music as Wovoka Gentle, touring in our flying tourbus.

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Listen to When Cameron was in Egypt’s Land Let my Cameron Go.

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