RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST ELIOT ALLISON
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I’ve written music for years in different guises – for film, theatre and also various indie bands. But I just felt it was time to say something on my own.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
I’m a trained violinist and have led various orchestras such as Cornwall Youth Orchestra and Penzance Youth String Orchestra. We did some nuts things like playing and recording with the BBC Symphony at Maida Vale – Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique I think.
Since then I’ve been active as a musician, artist, and performer. I studied Fine Art at St Martins and the RCA.
I’ve played in bands and always followed the London, LA and New York scenes pretty closely. Currently, artists like A.G. Cook, Oklou, Caroline Polachek, Jockstrap, Sophie and bands like Diiv are big influences.
I’ve also just been on tour with a theatre/shadow puppetry show I helped put together called ‘Rat’. Me and my boy Louis wrote a lot of the music and a digital version of the show ended up at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
What’s your favourite anything… don’t do favourites!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Only that Boris Johnson isn’t real.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Lots! Clothes mostly.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can make a napkin move like a ghostly apparition.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I was Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at my primary school (big up Alverton CP). That was lit.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Playing with backing tracks on an iPod and everything went sideways… my mum could barely look at me after that show…lol
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I’m a terrible liar.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Singer/songwriter meets hyper-pop.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer that question, but perhaps my experience across art/film/theatre as well as music has helped me see music making a little more like a practice. You have to retry and retry, and not be afraid of criticism – it’s way better than nothing at all. But I guess creatively I feel you should always use the best media for what you’re trying to say. Media changes in time so your voice has to be the priority. And for where I’ve been the last couple of years music has been home.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Wordle – literally can’t stop.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Gardens – it’s in a weird tuning and it’s all over the place.
I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?
Yeah. ‘Hey’ is single no. 1 and there’s Invincible to follow later this year. The album ‘Parallel View’ is more or less written – just needs some tweaks. The writing process has been pretty insular, so I feel like I’m approaching the end of the chrysalis stage – eyes still kinda blurry. But super excited to get playing live and collaborate on some remixes too.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?
Heartbreak and its ensuing chaos.
What was the recording process like?
Manic, mystical, happy and sad.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep?
Dont think. And also learning the sign language for the video with Zoe – she was a huge help. Gave me a whole new perspective and I say we need more multi-lingual/accessible pop!
Would you change anything now its finished?
I try not to think like that tbh – I don’t think anything’s ever finished, it’s just a part of a tale you once heard.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
To finish and release Parallel view – probably early next year realistically. I have a few new video proposals that I’m excited about and I’ve got some ideas for a live show that I want to take on tour next year… and share the love ofc xx