RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST FILLY
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music, it turns out, is the best conduit for all of my theories about life. As soon as I started writing and recording music, the things that I had been saying for years through painting and sculpture and poetry and prose suddenly all became possible to convey in neat little song packages.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
FILLY is the brainchild of the multi-disciplinary artist Kirini O.K. She works with drummer/producer Robert Steadman. Both grew up playing music and both have been connected to the music industry for many years.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Terribly. But we’ll get there. Maybe?
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
They have improved exponentially. We’ve been doing this for two years and the difference between our material now and our material then is fucking nuts.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
If you’re in a position to change the pervasive structural violence and punitive cruelty that men enact on women then do that. Everyone else, first check that you’re not part of the problem, and then step up and loudly call out anyone you see who is part of the problem.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
If we knew we’d tell you. Most of the time it just feels like there’s some cruel cosmic joke being played on us.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
One of us has heterochromia. One of us is missing three toes. One of us has a scar in the shape of the continent of Africa.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No. Never. Anyone who does at this point should know better.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
The things that we create – be that our lyrics, music, artwork, or music videos – draw from an unusually wide variety of influences that we don’t really see in other peoples’ work. We truly do everything ourselves and, while that’s not super unusual it’s kind of insane when you think about the sheer amount of stuff we do.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Our latest track is called All We Have and we recommend that it be paired with the music video that Kirini O.K. made for it.
It’s about those moments when we are most thrillingly aware of ourselves as bodies in the universe: when we are in love, yes, but also when we are lonely. At these moments the connection between the personal and the universal is particularly vivid, because though the focus is almost painfully self centered, in fact these are two of the most unexceptional experiences that humans can have. And beneath both, too, is a palpable sense of transience: we are more alive when we are at the extremes of our feelings, and even more when we know that we will one day lose it all. It’s a song about the sometimes-sadness that out of infinite possibilities, this is the life we have.
The track features muffled acoustic drums, distant explosions, and close vocal harmonies that surge and sour. In the choruses, Kirini, a trained violinist, uses an e-bow to extract a wail from an electric guitar.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded the different elements in this track over the course of a couple of months – some in London, and some in our home studio in The Bronx. It’s nice to change up our surroundings as a song is taking shape. We even did a bunch of rewriting and arranging while we were in Greece.