After we checked out Arthur’s new single, This Feels Like Summer!, we caught up with the man himself for a couple of questions.
Hi, Arthur, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us. We gave your new single, This Feels Like Summer!, a listen – can you tell us a bit about it?
Sure! I’ve always done quite serious songs about life experiences and other things I’ve gone through, so this single was really just me showing a different side and talking about enjoying life and doing silly things.
What’s the reaction been like to it so far, online and live?
It’s been great! All the Walwinners have been amazing online. Lots of people have been sharing and retweeting which is always fun to see. I played it live with my backing band last week at The Barfly and it was incredible! Had people singing and dancing along, so that was great.
The video that accompanies the track is simplistic yet summery, which we love, so how do you go about deciding what you want in your videos?
I normally have a rough/vague idea of what I want and let the director I’m working with at the time just run with it. Josh Partridge was really cool to work with and is really the one to thank for the video looking the way it does.
A few days ago you had your release show in Camden – how’d it go?
The release show was amazing. It’s great to do a headline set in your hometown and have people around you that you respect; which is why I picked Jamie Johnson, Taylor Ames and The Secrets to support. I’ve worked with all of them and really appreciate their music.
The crowd was amazing and they really responded well to the set. There’s quite a mix of slow songs and uptempo ones and they were with us through the whole journey.
Do you have a way to decide of something would be a good single, is it a case of picking out the catchiest tune you write, or do you sit down with the intention of writing a single?
I think timing’s important. It wasn’t too hard to figure out that a song about summer should be released around July! But the song itself just came from nowhere. I didn’t plan to do it, it just sort of happened. I don’t normally start making plans until I have the finished product in front of me. I write what I like to write and then figure out what to do with it later.
Recently you’ve been supporting artists with the likes of Tom Odell and Rudimental, so what’ve been some highlights of touring?
I just absolutely love playing with a band, so I think the show at Barfly has overtaken anything I’ve done acoustically-on my own. Playing with some of the bigger names was fun though. It always inspires me to put on a show as good as they can.
What’re you plans for the summer regards music?
Right now, I have about 40 voice memos on my phone that are just waiting to be turned into songs. So inbetween the partying and general sillyness, I will be in the studio working on some new records!
And, last but not least, where can people catch you live next?
I’m playing at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington on the 20th August. Anyone that missed the last show and is dying to see my new set, this is your chance!
Thanks, Arthur, and all the best with This Feels Like Summer!