Interview: Country/Pop Artist Eleri Angharad Talks New Single & Favorite Hometown Eats
Thank you so much for chatting with us! You recently released your new single, "Blank Walls" that you also wrote. Tell us about the writing process and where the idea came from. The whole process of writing this was actually very quick. The idea came from a film I watched called Interview with a Vampire that just has so many really dark, moody but quite sensual images, like candles and red wine. So that was the initial spark and then I drew on things that were happening in my own life and the lyrics started forming as lists and rhymes. I sat down at my mum's piano and got the verses and choruses down in about an hour. Then when I was playing back through it a few days later I added the middle 8 section. Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it? I always loved music and was in choirs at school and studied piano, and taught myself to play the guitar and write songs as a hobby but I actually trained as an actor before this. It wasn't until the last show we worked on, which was a musical based around WW2 that I co-wrote with one of my lecturers that I decided songwriting was something I really wanted to go into. When I graduated I began working on my first EP and have since released another EP, my debut album Earthbound and now this new single "Blank Walls." What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why? I have a song on my Earthbound album called "Chicago" about the time I spent studying and travelling the USA. I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina and travelled to Nashville, DC, Chicago and New York, and Chicago ended up being my favourite city unexpectedly. The song is based on a box of memories, ticket stubs and photographs I had kept in my attic so it's like a time capsule of that time and I felt it deserved a song. Who have been some of your biggest musical influences growing up and do the same artists currently continue to influence you now? Growing up I was really inspired by strong female artists in lots of genres like Dolly Parton, Alanis Morisette, Meg & Dia, P!nk, The Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift, who I always find is so inspiring in the way she reinvents herself but always maintains her honesty as an artist. I also love some more modern country artists; Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Campbell and Ward Thomas.
What’s your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Especially young females that may see you as a role model. I would say get into songwriting if you want to be a singer or an artist because you have a lot more power over your own material if you've written it yourself. Also co-writing is such a useful tool for learning new techniques and really honing your skills. Learn from as many other musicians, producers and industry professionals as you can but don't be afraid to stand up for yourself too.
What is your favorite wine? I love a really cold glass of dry Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! Most memorable meal while touring. Where were you and what did it involve? I stayed with an absolutely darling family when I was touring in Italy and my tour manager and I had really good Italian pizzas with them before I performed a concert in their living room for all their friends and family to say thank you. How do you drink your coffee? Soya Hazelnut Latte every time! Where is your favorite place to eat in your hometown? There's a really lush family run tapas bar near my house called Arthur Neave, they bake homemade sourdough bread and have delicious traditional Spanish dishes.. and beers too!
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Oooh gosh that is a tough one! Probably a brand of teabags, Yorkshire Tea is my favourite. I'm British and we LOVE our cups of tea!
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Swansea based singer/songwriter Eleri Angharad has recently released her much anticipated new single 'Blank Walls' on Friday, April 17. The track has been written solely by Eleri Angharad and was produced and recorded by Lee House at Fieldgate Studio.
2019 saw Eleri burst onto the country scene with the release of her debut album 'Earthbound' which has since racked up thousands of Spotify streams – an impressive feat for an independent artist coming out of Wales. The title-track was even A-Listed on BBC Radio Wales showcasing the support she has across the nation.
Last year also saw the Swansea artist touring the globe on a headline tour playing intimate shows across Europe and even played Glastonbury Festival. 2019 was a huge breakout year for the artist who delivers a mix of country, and pop sonic sounds throughout her musical output.
The European support and radio play signals that 2020 is going to be a big year for Eleri Angharad who shares 'Blank Walls' this April. Speaking about the track, the Welsh performer says: “ Blank Walls tells the story of a fragile, chaotic relationship. A series of fragmented moments you're constantly trying to string together into something solid" 'Blank Walls' delivers a Kacey Musgraves esque production overlayed by the hauntingly beautiful vocal of Eleri Angharad which evokes Clare Bowen's sweet style. The track is a country gem that will delight her loyal fan-base whilst also inviting new listeners to discover her eclectic and unique sonic blend.