This super cool collective, based in London is led by London based producer Lewis Lindgren (aka 184). The Button Eyes outfit offers a kaleidoscope of featuring artists we’ve seen everything from the gravely blues vocals sung by Rag & Bone Man to the soulful lulls of Mazy (Tricky’s offspring). They recently launched their eclectic song ‘Tell Me I’m Wrong’ which offers a dub-esque vibe with an Eastern twist.
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We caught up with them in the recording studio to find out a little more about what they are up to
1. Can you talk us through your writing process, I understand their a quite a few of you. Who comes up with the first idea and where do you go from there?
It varies quite a lot depending on who’s around. Usually I (Lewis) will have made a start on a beat, put a few instruments down and have a rough idea of a structure, then one or two of the others might come in and write some Lyrics or musical parts until it starts to take form. Other times a couple of us will just pick up up an instrument each and play around until something nice emerges, I’ll record it and we’ll take it from there.
2. Do you enjoy the recording process, what’s your standard format?
The recording process is the best bit. Because a few of us are living in different areas of London or out of town sometimes it’s not often that everyone gets to meet up so it can often be a bit of a party as well. This can sometimes however lead to the odd lyric getting slurred and the need for a quick re-record at a later date but it gets a lot of the content down.
3. You’ve collaborated with some great people, Rag & Bone Man being a favourite… tell us how it works?
I’ve known Rory (Rag N Bone Man) for a few years from when we were both living down in Brighton. He was doing his blues stuff around the time I was getting the first Button Eyes mixtape ready and it made sense for us to work together. Other than that it tends to just be friends of friends that like what we’re doing and want to be involved.
4. Who’s next on the collaborator list?
Well, Gemma Williams has just written some amazing lyrics to an instrumental I had ready, which I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into. Also CW Jones has got a load of ideas we need to work on soon.
5. So are we ever going to see you guys live?
Definitely. The more we record, the easier it seems for the band to take shape. I’d love to have a big group on stage like one of my favourite bands “Sons Of Noel And Adrian” (Check their live shows on youtube!) and eventually I hope we’ll reach that level, but in the near future we’ll certainly have some kind of live set to run around with.
6. What’s next for Button Eyes?
There will be an album towards the end of the year and maybe a single or two in the meantime. And some videos, we’ve got a great little team of film makers around us so it’s always good to collaborate with them. I’m also working on my solo project “Minority Association” which is kind of instrumental, trip hoppy sample based stuff, so look out for that too!
7. Favourite new artist right now?
CW Jones. Obviously I’m biased because I’m working with him on Button Eyes songs, but stuff he’s doing with other producers is sounding great and hopefully I’ll be working with him on some of his solo material.
8. What’s the one thing you can’t live without when writing?
I write lyrics a lot on trains and buses so I’m limited with my resources in that sense, but if there’s a couple of us in the studio writing a few beers are normally close to hand.
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The ‘Please Don’t Take My Blues’ EP is out now on Western Decadence