AAA Music Approved: PILLARS
aaamusic | On 10, Nov 2017
Who are you and where are you from?
Originally from a small town called Lancaster in North West England, moving to London seemed huge and pretty daunting. So – I locked myself in my bedroom studio and started making music – that music being the birth of PILLARS.
What inspired you to get into music?
I started making folk/country from a young age. It was just me and my guitar for a long time. I am really heavily influenced by this introduction into music. It’s why my songs tell stories and why they come from a genuine and very personal place. Its led me to fuse dark electronic, the music I make now, with soulful story telling.
What have you done?
I had released a couple singles before dropping my debut EP, Honest People, but nothing has made me prouder than this body of work. It’s a personal journey that I translate musically – and that feels really natural to do for me as a writer. I take my music with me wherever I go but Honest People is where you can really hear that!
What are you like live?
To be honest PILLARS hasn’t done heaps live. We played a few international festivals a couple of years ago which was cool but I’ve been focusing on my EP for what feels like forever. We’re really looking forward to booking in gigs with the new live band now after spending such a long time writing!
What makes you different?
My music comes from somewhere genuine and I think listeners really hear that. I think a lot of electronic music focuses too heavily on the production quality which – don’t get me wrong – is super important. But I never want to sacrifice the importance of story telling through my songwriting and I really incorporate that into my sound. It’s all about balance – hence why I spent a year writing and a year experimenting in the studio!
Physical vs Downloading vs Streaming…How do you listen to music?
I use Spotify heavily – especially their play listing. I think most people do! As an electronic artist – although I appreciate the quality physical provides – I need to be in tune with digital platforms. It’s where my music exists for the most part.
What have you been listening to?
On my current list…Jesse Ware’s new album, Billy Lockett, Mahalia, new Rae Morris, anything new from Keaton Henson (always)…a total mix here!
What are your aspirations for the future?
Hitting the stage with my new live band. I’m in love with these girls and I think gigging the EP with them is going to be really fun! Apart from this I’m writing music from a way more resilient place. Expect songs of power!
Questions answered by: PILLARS…