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ARCTIC LAKE
Headline Interview

When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


(Emma) I think when we released our first song “Limits” and it landed with people I was like okay I have to make this happen. I had dreamt of singing on stage, connecting with people and making it my life since I was a child so I feel beyond fortunate that I’m here doing this!

Who are your musical inspirations and why?


(Paul): I’m a big fan of producers and artists like SG Lewis, Honne, and Couros who make great songs and combine them with some production that’s a bit left field in a way. Emma’s more inspired by classic jazz singers and 80s icons like Madonna, so I think that then makes our style a bit more unique too.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


(Emma) Maybe it’s the fact that this was our last show so it feels the most real but we played at ‘Heaven’ in London in September and it was so magical for us. After the craziness that we’ve all had for two years it was like a collective release of energy, the crowd were so loving, they made it so special!

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


(Paul): I’ve seen so many of my favorite bands at the O2 Academy in Brixton so I think playing there would be a dream come true. I’d also absolutely love to play Red Rocks in the US, the setting just looks so amazing and I think would be a great match for our sound. One day!

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?


(Emma) I mean there was that time after our show in Oslo, Hackney where I decided to try and then ultimately drink an entire bottle of Buckfast in celebration… I wrote “cold hands” about a Scottish man so it seemed appropriate until I then found out it’s from Devon… anyway, I don’t remember a thing but apparently I had a fabulous night making new friends and getting piggy backs. Paul wonderfully photographed the entire night and it certainly seems true.

What do you like best about being a musician?


(Paul): If I’m totally honest it’s the late mornings and not having to use Microsoft Excel every day that are my favorite parts. And the fact that we can have a duvet day whenever we like, that’s a very crucial aspect I’d say.

What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


(Emma) I would say experiment, collaborate, explore yourself and your sound, your fashion, your performances - go wild and share it with the world when YOU’RE ready. I would also say don’t judge your worth on other people’s opinions or stats, you should be doing this for yourself first and foremost and if you find a listenership who connects with it, then take the motivation from that and run with it.

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


(Paul): Well I used to be a trolley boy in a supermarket so maybe I’d still be doing that. It was a pretty sweet gig actually, and I can still push 15 trolleys round a tight corner all at once so the transferrable skills are very useful in day to day life.

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?


(Emma) I’m really pretentious so I love photography, art, travelling, film, my 2 friends and dancing VERY, VERY badly at a place called Ridley Road Market Bar.

What would your ideal festival lineup be?


(Paul): It would have everything from heavy metal to hard techno, bubblegum pop to soft folk and everything in between. Set in the biggest field ever with loads of places to explore as well, the best food stalls going and of course we’d be headlining the main stage every night, because we can.

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


(Emma) Paul’s going to bat me over the head if I mention her once more time in his lifetime but I’ve been following FKA twigs for nearly ten years and I’m low key obsessed. She has the kind of vocal that delivers so much detail and rawness, she would be a dream to work with.

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


(Paul): Probably “Cavalier” by James Vincent McMorrow, it just gets me every time. Pure genius.

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?


(Emma) arghhh that’s a tough question, go easy on me haha. I mean in terms of discovery I think they’re great, so many people have far more global reach and opportunity thanks to it. Artists can further connect with their fans, it’s a way in general of sharing art, collaborating, learning, meeting, flourishing… so in that sense there is SO much good that comes from it but I do think in terms of development some social media and listening platforms are breeding a short attention span and an algorithmic based audience, both of which generate a lot of pressure on artists, convey fake and strategic marketing as real content and make fame hunger higher than ever with the immediate access and validation all seemingly right there. So, I’m a bit torn. There’s good and bad. I guess it’s all in how you use it.

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?


(Paul): Emma doesn’t have a middle name which I always find fascinating, she also does the world’s best Gollum impression from Lord of the Rings. I can also eat 50 chicken nuggets in one sitting which I still think is my best achievement to date.

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be?


(Emma) WE HOPE YOU’RE READY! Thank you so, so, so, so much for listening, it’s hard to put into words how grateful we are but we truly wouldn’t be here without you so thank you. We hope you are ready for all the new music that is coming your way and we hope you love it more than anything you’ve heard yet!

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?


(Paul): Loads and loads and loads of new music, hopefully loads of gigs, and definitely a lot more £3 Tesco meal deals.