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feeo

Musician — Oxford

Name, where are you from?
feeo, from Oxford.

What do you do?
Wordsmithery and sound making.

Describe your style in three words?
Wordy existential soul.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Hiatus Kaiyote at Somerset House. I saw them play so soon after first becoming obsessed, so I was out of my mind to see them live. I feel like it’s always the live experience that consummates a musical obsession.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I think it would have been jokes to support The Prodigy in their heyday. Literally wouldn’t make any sense but maybe it could work if everyone was in the right mood. And then on the same line up… perhaps Alice Coltrane. That would be wild.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Folk was a big one when I started writing. I think what I love in particular is that in the case of most traditional folk, the song is just a conduit for the stories. Songs are easier to remember than words, so across cultures, there’s this method of sealing tales in melody. And then over time the stories morph depending on where you heard it, the art isn’t necessarily in the innovation but in the contribution to a growing idea. I think this kind of continuous process-based work art is a massive vibe.

Also, party culture. All my songs always seem to come back to being about hedonism in some way, and there are a lot of dance music influences floating about sonically.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
The Nanny of The Maroons. She’s almost mythicized because of how few records there are of the slaves in Jamaica. I’d love to know her as a person, see her face, maybe find out her star sign. My grandfather’s family were Maroons, maybe she’d have some T to spill about my ancestors.

What is your favourite independent venue?
Of the ones that are still standing (bun the tories), I think The Windmill in Brixton is really cool. It represents something that is needed at the moment in music: DIY artist-led chaos.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
My grandmother. She was an incredible vocalist but never got the opportunity to do anything with it.

The first track you played on repeat?
I recall rinsing a Michael Jackson CD on my walkman.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Solitude is Bliss' by Tame Impala.

One record you would keep forever?
'Hejira' by Joni Mitchell.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“Got more soul than a sock with a hole”

From 'Rhinestone Cowboy' by Madvillain.

A song you wished you had written?
'This Woman’s Work' by Kate Bush.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Get Money' by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Junior Mafia.

A song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'That Don’t Impress Me Much' by Shania Twain.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Black Moses' by Channel Tres.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Red Light' by Fatima.

Best love song of all time?
'Go Down Easy' by John Martin.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
serpentwithfeet, Fatima, Galcher Lustwerk, Me, Charles, Eartheater, Dreamcast.

Name, where are you from?
feeo, from Oxford.

What do you do?
Wordsmithery and sound making.

Describe your style in three words?
Wordy existential soul.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Hiatus Kaiyote at Somerset House. I saw them play so soon after first becoming obsessed, so I was out of my mind to see them live. I feel like it’s always the live experience that consummates a musical obsession.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I think it would have been jokes to support The Prodigy in their heyday. Literally wouldn’t make any sense but maybe it could work if everyone was in the right mood. And then on the same line up… perhaps Alice Coltrane. That would be wild.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Folk was a big one when I started writing. I think what I love in particular is that in the case of most traditional folk, the song is just a conduit for the stories. Songs are easier to remember than words, so across cultures, there’s this method of sealing tales in melody. And then over time the stories morph depending on where you heard it, the art isn’t necessarily in the innovation but in the contribution to a growing idea. I think this kind of continuous process-based work art is a massive vibe.

Also, party culture. All my songs always seem to come back to being about hedonism in some way, and there are a lot of dance music influences floating about sonically.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
The Nanny of The Maroons. She’s almost mythicized because of how few records there are of the slaves in Jamaica. I’d love to know her as a person, see her face, maybe find out her star sign. My grandfather’s family were Maroons, maybe she’d have some T to spill about my ancestors.

What is your favourite independent venue?
Of the ones that are still standing (bun the tories), I think The Windmill in Brixton is really cool. It represents something that is needed at the moment in music: DIY artist-led chaos.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
My grandmother. She was an incredible vocalist but never got the opportunity to do anything with it.

The first track you played on repeat?
I recall rinsing a Michael Jackson CD on my walkman.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Solitude is Bliss' by Tame Impala.

One record you would keep forever?
'Hejira' by Joni Mitchell.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“Got more soul than a sock with a hole”

From 'Rhinestone Cowboy' by Madvillain.

A song you wished you had written?
'This Woman’s Work' by Kate Bush.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Get Money' by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Junior Mafia.

A song you like that people wouldn’t expect?
'That Don’t Impress Me Much' by Shania Twain.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Black Moses' by Channel Tres.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Red Light' by Fatima.

Best love song of all time?
'Go Down Easy' by John Martin.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
serpentwithfeet, Fatima, Galcher Lustwerk, Me, Charles, Eartheater, Dreamcast.