Think The xx, think Maribou State and somewhere in between there you will find Bristolian electronic 3 piece Elder Island. They are an experimental fusion of dance and electronica and have recently been featured both by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 through the introducing platform. With a busy summer ahead including a string of festival appearances, GIGsoup’s Ben Bowman got chatting to the band about Bristol’s beaming music scene, local venues and experiencing different festivals.
How would you describe Bristol’s music scene?
I would describe the Bristol music scene as beaming sunshine ploughing it’s way through a deep misty fog 48 nautical miles off the fife shore into the North Sea.
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If you had to recommend any up and coming artists from Bristol, who would you suggest and why?
I would recommend Mammal Hands, they’re not necessarily up and coming but they are definitely under the radar. They deserve a lot more props, everyone should go and see them live and you will understand why!!
As a band with a relatively small following, how do you think people discover your music and in turn, how do you discover new music yourselves?
I think Spotify is a great way to discover new music because of its artist’s suggestions and discover weekly. In turn its also been really good for us because that is also a way that people have found our music. It’s great that so much new music is so readily accessible now.
What would you say that the best venue in your area and what’s the best gig you’ve seen there?
I love Colston Hall in Bristol. It may not be a popular choice but I think it has loads to offer in seeing world class acts in the main room then seeing lesser known acts in their small room the lantern. My favourite gig their so far has been Yusef Kamaal. Absolutely blowing the crowd away with their extremely talented minds and ability to play instruments.
You were recently featured on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Introducing Mixtape, what do you make of the BBC Introducing scheme and how has it helped you as a band?
BBC introducing have been great to us and they have really helped us grow a fan base immensely. Also, without them we would never of been able to play at the legendary Maida Vale studio which was an experience we really treasured.
You have a string of festivals lined up for this summer including Lost Village, Boomtown Fair and Farmfest – which of these are you most looking forward to playing?
All of them. We’re starting to get quite a busy summer booked in now with a lot of festivals so looking forward to the diversity of what each has to offer. It’s always interesting to play in a new environment and festival crowds offer a different experience with each set. Each one has some great other artists in the line up too.
What are your plans for the rest of this year and are you planning on going on tour any time soon?
It’s looking to be an exciting year for us, we have quite a few things in the works. Mainly you’ll be hearing some new music from us soon with the possibility of a tour happening after the busy summer ahead.
You can listen to Elder Island’s latest EP ‘ Seeds in sand’ here –