It has been an amazing couple of months in the career trajectory of Surrey based electronica outfit ‘Princess Slayer’ as a debut EP release was sandwiched between the finals of Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition and the news that the road to Somerset has been paved in gold with a prestigious slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at the festival itself waiting at the end of it.
Vince Welch and Casey Lim met in 2012 whilst working at a music venue and found that they had a shared obsession with music, sound and food. It took another year before they started collaborating and during their first session, they came up with the basis of ‘Fame’, which is now polished up and nestling on their debut EP.
There wasn’t a consideration that it was going to be more than a bit of fun but, as Vince explains, “somewhere along the way we decided that we wanted to pursue it as a proper project. We can’t quite remember when but it all happened very naturally“.
It has been non-stop since and with the arrival of their debut EP and a Glastonbury slot, it looks like that ‘Princess Slayer’ will soon be a name that dominates radio playlists. This is pleasing for Vince as the gamble to pursue this project is now reaping the rewards.
“We were pleasantly surprised how many people pre-ordered the EP ahead of its release in April, though there’s a bigger sense of pressure about whether they’ll be satisfied“.
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They must’ve been happy as Vince continues, “We’ve been lucky enough to have some awesome reviews and blog pieces and Phil Taggart played our title track ‘Living’ on his Radio 1 show“.
Now, with an appearance at the world’s biggest festival looming on the horizon, there’s a lot to be worked out and that’s not just for the set list. “Logistically it’s going to be a good challenge. The farm is so large and we’re playing on a couple of stages during the weekend, so we’ll have to be very prepared to get our gear around to the right places amongst 175,000 people! Mostly we’re just really excited“.
‘Princess Slayer’ have been honing their set ahead of the festival and have plans to add a special cover for the festival crowds, with their first appearance being at The Rabbit Hole on Thursday afternoon before a Sunday slot in the BBC Introducing stage.
It will be the beginning of the next chapter in the band as they’ve been auditioning for new members to bolster their live sound and have plans to get busy whilst the adrenalin of Glasto is still pumping through their veins. “Writing and gigging and writing and gigging!” confirms Vince, “We’ve got some plans to work with some songwriters and producers in order to keep things fresh and interesting. We’re also supporting the amazing Delilah at Kensington Roof Gardens on 11th July with some really cool acts. So it’s all action packed and we couldn’t be happier!”
Glastonbury Festival has the ability to launch bands in to the nation’s conscience and it would be no surprise if Princess Slayer becomes a name that is repeated by many by the time Worthy Farm starts emptying again on the Monday.