RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW UK ARTIST ISOLATED CORNERS
What made you decide to start to become a soloist?
Because my band wasn’t interested in making sad ambient music haha.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
Hey I’m Ed and I write music under Isolated Corners. I’ve been in and are currently in a few bands playing bass. Supporting the likes of IDLES, Shame, Airways along the way.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“What are your credit card details?”
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I’ve defiantly watched my fair share of videos about the “real” Paul Mccartney being dead.
What useless party trick do you have?
I completed a rubiks cube once. Couldn’t do it now though so it’s one of them you had to be there kind of things.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
My hometown venue Exeter Cavern is always a huge joy to play. Basically a second home for me.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I can’t remember the venue, it was somewhere in Harlow. Tiny pub gig where the door to the loo was right next to the stage and where I was stood my neck was blocking the doorway to said loo. I felt like a toilet bouncer for a minute.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I can’t read.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Subjectively good vibrations
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
I’m a big fan of dissonant and unsettling sounds, melodies and chord progressions. I like when I can’t predict the next thing in a song and that’s how I try to write my songs a lot of the time. Other times I embrace ABAB.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
My van seems to be poorly every week at the moment. Breaking down with my uncooked dinner next to me was pretty infuriating.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I haven’t played or released it yet but there’s an upcoming track from my EP currently called “Pop” which I’ve been having a lot of fun with and cannot wait to play live.
I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?
I’ve just released my new single “Cornerstone” which is from my upcoming unannounced 6 track EP called “Sleeper”. It’s been a big change in direction from my last EP and I’m incredibly excited to share it. Hopefully looking at a March release after 2 more singles.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?
I was in a bit of a rut after the last EP because I felt I was writing myself into a corner. I’ve been strongly inspired by some brilliant newer bands like IDLES, Black Country, New Road, Black Midi and Phoxjaw just to name a few. So I went both feet first into writing and producing heavier tunes and It was the creative boost I defiantly needed.
What was the recording process like?
All in my tiny bedroom studio. For most tracks I’d put on a drum loop, crank the drive, start yelling and see what came out. It’s been a nice feeling pushing my production as far as I can take it and learning new tricks on the way.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep?
I feel like I’ve finally overcome demoitis. (Falling in love with early recorded versions of songs) That’s always been a weakness of mine but with this EP it finally felt good to try another take.
Would you change anything now its finished?
If I could go back I’d slap myself in the face earlier. I spent way too much time in that rut I mentioned earlier and it was miserable.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I’ve got 2 more singles coming out and then once my EP “Sleeper” is out I’m going to hit the ground running with this new energy straight into my next project. Hopefully an LP.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
If I’m going to leave on anything it would be the message from my new single “Cornerstone”. The lyrics about firmly cementing the knowledge to anyone listening/reading that there is always ALWAYS someone out there to talk to when things get difficult.