Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Liverpool duo Clementine to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the duo name?
Clementine consists of two singer-songwriters Tilly Louise and Liam Ash, we met through sixth form. We were in a media studies class together and ended up chatting about what music we liked, sharing our favourite songs. Turns out we both liked similar music! Our classmate Joe gave us our band's original name ‘Red Feathers’, after carrying that name for a couple of months we felt the name just didn’t fit what we were making. We both loved the colour of orange and wanted to incorporate it into our band and style somehow. After going through about 3 different names we felt Clementine was the best fit for us.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Tilly: I feel like my musical influences have sort of stuck with me and developed as I’ve found new artists that I love. I’d say my music taste crosses over so many genres! When I was younger I listened to a lot of Paramore, Sara Bareilles, Blondie, Gloria Estefan, ABBA, Florence and The Machine, etc as I’ve gotten older these influences and my new favourite artists have impacted how I write and listen to music. For example, Will Joseph Cook, Haim, Sigrid, The Aces, Jade Bird, Maggie Rogers, Dodie, Orla Gartland… the list could go on and on! All of these artists have definitely impacted how I write music and I find them all really inspirational so it makes their music even more special to me.
Liam: Growing up a lot of music I listened to came from my parents so Coheed and Cambria, Linkin Park, Serj Tankien and Thin Lizzy were on frequently. We also had a Beatles cassette we’d play in the car with all the hits but particularly the White Album, which I loved. When I got older I found The Smiths, The Libertines, Elliott Smith and Streetlight Manifesto which I listened to on repeat for about 2 years. I tend to go through really intense phases with artists ranging massively from Soap&Skin to Frank Sinatra. If I were to single down my main influence it would be a mix of Pete Doherty, Debussy and Elliott Smith.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is feel good and catchy. Fun melodies and harmonies with sad lyrics in the vein of The Smiths and Paramore’s After Laughter. There’s always a pop base with a concoction of whatever sounds good to us.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Tilly: The latest release is our debut EP ‘VHS’. We came up with the name when we were sat listening to a mix Magnus (our producer) was playing us, he added in a small effect to the ending of our song ‘Calypso’.
Liam and I were instantly brainstorming having VHS tape effects etc and it just continued from there! I think it fits the songs feels too when I was writing the songs ‘Let Down’ and ‘Calypso’ I was listening to a lot of pop music at the time, especially Paramore’s latest album. The vibe from that album inspired so much of the music I wrote during that time and it had an old school sort of feel, which goes hand in hand with VHS retro feel!
What’s your local music scene like?
Liam: Liverpool has always been a musical city but right now the scene is up and coming definitely with success stories everywhere ie SPINN, The Night Cafe and Paris Youth Foundation. We just hope we can follow suit and break so we can be heard.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are currently writing our second EP and gigging as much as possible to promote our songs! We are doing the Salford Big Winter Weekender in November which will be great.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Tilly: I’d love to collaborate with Will Joseph Cook, Jade Bird, Paramore, Sigrid or Sara Bareilles. All these artists have been in my life for a long time and I really love their music, just to have the chance to share a song together or even be involved somehow whether that’s writing or producing their track at all would be a dream!
Liam: It’d have to be Bill Ryder Jones or Pete Doherty. BRJ is a wizard producing and writing it would be a dream to do anything with him and just to see how Pete works would be good enough for me.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Tilly: We were in soundcheck once and we were singing, Temporary I think, and in the corner of my eye, I saw a rat come out of nowhere so mid-song I did a small scream and Liam then seen what I jumped at. And we both looked at each other and said ‘did you see that?!’ We then got told it was the venue rat... Been slightly reluctant to perform there again.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Liam doesn’t even like clementines and Tilly is terrified of birds!