Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Essex singer PORTEOUS to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m originally from a small village called Boxted, in Essex! I started getting into music from a young age; I watched School Of Rock a lot when I was younger and that really made me want to play music, so I started playing drums when I was about 10 and it all spiralled from there.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I’ve always liked listening to a lot of different music with different people. Growing up my main musical influence was from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Kinks but I also listened to a lot of Vivaldi and Beethoven because of my grandparents. I later got into Miles Davis when I started collecting records. Now I tend to listen to a lot of pop and jazz, with Puma Blue and Jordan Rakei often being a source of influence for me at the moment.
How would you describe your sound?
I think my sound brings together a lot of the influences I described; It’s sort of Jazzy, Indie Pop music. I like to use real instruments as much as I can in recording and often have washy indie guitar parts and funky keys in the mix.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is ‘Vibe with You’ which is my debut single. I’ve also just put out a remix of this song by Adriano Desire which is a real good dance and worth checking out! In terms of influence when I wrote this song, I looked a lot to John Mayer and his stuff in ‘Continuum’ and also Peace’s album ‘In Love’. I’ve been listening to a lot more pop lately too which inspired me in this track.
What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in Essex and Suffolk round where I live is really good. It’s so exciting to see many of my friends doing really cool stuff and there’s a real diverse range of great acts to shout about! Big up BBC Introducing for getting behind so many talented musicians.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
So I’ve just put out my very first single and there’ll be plenty more to come over the year - I’ve got lots planned! Next thing to look forward to is my second single ‘Thinking Wrong’ which is out in October! It’s a much jazzier tune and I can’t wait to get it out there!
I have nothing in the diary for PORTEOUS in terms of live stuff just yet but there’s no doubt it’s coming to stages soon and the band is being assembled with some hot musicians!
I’m aiming to release an EP and lots of new music over the next year so there’s plenty to watch out for!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with more rappers and new jazz artists. I love writing with other musicians, it’s so fulfilling and you get so much out of it! Working with musicians like Alfa Mist, Oscar Jerome and Puma Blue would be crazy and I know I’d learn so much. Generally just working with other Jazz players is really great!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I’ve had a number of funny live experiences. Playing in a band with Sam Eagle for a few years has brought us to some incredible but also very funny places; we once played a show and Eddie Jowers, the bassist, got completely naked behind his bass while Inigo, on guitar, shredded ‘Thunderstruck’! We also all dressed up as ghosts during a gig (in a song that wasn’t in any way about ghosts) and later covered School of Rock with me singing on drums!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I think music should always be fun and full of energy and that’s what I want to keep a constant in PORTEOUS. I love a laugh but I’m very into what I do and can’t wait to put out more stuff!
I’ve got loads in store for the future and it’s gonna be grand!