Muriel & Blazquez

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Muriel & Blazquez to find out more…

Who is in the duo, how did you meet and where are you from?
We are Lizzy and Lily and have known each other for 7 years since that fateful afternoon when Lily saved Lizzy’s skirt (and Lizzy) from a candle flame that she had sat on! Lizzy: We live in Leeds and began Muriel & Blazquez in a coffee shop 2 years ago where Lily mentioned how she wanted to perform before the end of the year. We both made a pact to look towards getting a gig for our own music in the future. However, I didn’t realise how serious Lily was until I got a phone call two hours later saying we had a gig booked for two months time. We met that evening to write and continued ever since.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Lily: Growing up I loved David Bowie, Kate Bush and Bjork but also listened to some very cheesy Evanescence! I was not a cool kid. Now, I still love Bowie, Bush and Bjork but also love Susanne Sundfor!
Lizzy: When I was in primary school, I had five cds. One was the best of Buddy Holly, then best of Stevie Wonder, Portishead, Adam’s Giselle and S Club 7. My influences now are Susanne Sundfor also, Julia Holter and Debussy.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s like classically inspired music with modern lyrics. This is probably the best way that we have been described in the past.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest single is called Skin / Veil Me Pt.2 and is a radio edit of an 8 minute long piece called Skin / Veil Me. This song was written as a response to realising that your body often knows that something is wrong before you are able to add language to a situation and tries to send you warning signs.

What's your local music scene like?
We think Leeds has one of the best music scenes in the country. There is a great mixture of people who have lived here all their lives as well as creatives who have come to Leeds and stayed. A wide variety of musical genres and communities means that there are plenty of live music events to explore and take in. The indie DIY scene in Leeds is also widely supported and protected by the creatives involved and the audiences.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have two more singles to release and an album too. We are hoping to play some festivals this year and reach out to a wider audience.

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Is there anyone you'd love to collaborate with?
If we could choose from anyone in the world we’d choose Jenny Hval! She is so poetic in the way that she writes we feel like we could really learn something from her.
If we could choose someone more local, we’d love to collaborate with a local artist called Chloe Kutkus-Morton who is a fabulous illustrator!!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We find it hard to stay serious whilst chatting in between songs on stage and come out with some terrible jokes but a funny story surrounding a live performance would be recently when we performed at the Chapel FM musicathon. We were playing in the early hours of the morning and just happened to stop the clock at 2am for fifteen minutes! This meant we had no idea how long our improvisation went on for.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We love having the platform to write honestly and about our own experiences and the things we see in the world. This is our first official single and release on all major platforms so it’s new for us to share our music but we love all the amazing support we’ve had so far and wish to continue writing, releasing and performing. We really love hearing from listeners and their interpretation of the music.

You can find out more about Muriel & Blazquez via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.