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Take 5 : The Prosaics

We have a quickfire chat with the Medway's finest synth eccentric

The Prosaics, aka A.G. Williams, is one man with a machine, who through his songs offers both romance and disappointment and is a solution to the vacuous pop that seems to dominate the airwaves. His songs are wry, scornful and cripplingly English. ‘Frown’ the debut single from this uniquely clever and obscure music artist, is out now via DistroKid. 

‘Frown’ explores the under-appreciated notion that all emotions should be worthwhile in the human experience. The song controversially triumphs the thought that one should strive to be unhappy. Excommunicate from the cult of silver linings and fake smiles. The track was recorded entirely naked in the dark!  Kinky sauce indeed. We decided to find out more from the dark genius that is A.G. Williams…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?

I don’t want to be a music artist. I want to be a stripper but I failed the audition.

I am not really inspired by other artists. They’re great and all but they do already exist. I find inspiration in silly little things like tea coasters and arguments and silly big things like irony and when people don’t use tea coasters.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

I would love to collaborate with Jack O’Donnell, the CEO of synthesiser manufacturing company Alesis; I recently added an Alesis Micron to my already towering, on-stage set up and am loving it! It would be a real dream come true to create my own synth for my act ‘The Prosaics’ and call it the ‘Alesis Prozzie’ in dedication to my fans… although they really ought to pick a better nickname don’t you think?

Tell us about your single –’Frown’- what is the song about?

Current popular thought would have you believe that happiness is the optimum emotion. This is in fact false.

‘Frown’ explores the underappreciated notion that all emotions should be considered worthwhile in the human experience. The song controversially triumphs the notion that one should strive to be unhappy.

The song shines a light on the engrained attitude we all exhibit of; pedal-stooling happiness, prioritising it for others above the genuine, healthy misery they feel, and branding those who cannot conform as “mentally unwell”.

Maybe depression isn’t the illness, but our addiction to a standard for happiness set out by fickle societal values is?

Tell us five things you love about the city/town you live in – Medway – and why……
  • 1 The industrial, south-east, seaside towns of Medway are so mind-bogglingly bleak that they almost become beautiful. Almost. Medway is so laughably appalling, that those of us who live or have lived there, share some kind of comradery, an unspoken shared joke, at just how awful the place really is… and that’s wonderful.
  • 2 The people of Medway are divided into those mentioned above; the ‘norms’ who go about their lives with a humour as dark and dead-pan as the slate grey skies above and a somewhat shocked disbelief at the others who live there, the… shall we say…‘characters’, of which there are many. Pick any falling down pub, any traffic light stop, any kebab shop queue, the whole of Chatham… and there you will find some extraordinary characters with a story in their heart, a song in their throat, a can in one hand and a Tesco bag as a cape. You will not be disappointed.
  • 3 There used to be a fantastic Rainham curry house called The Raj Rani (since closed) and the chef would always come out and give you a special dish on the house. I would give my left arm for the recipe, so please get this interview out there!
  • 4 Kent and Medway have a wonderful music scene, deeply embedded in culture and history and trade- from Whitstable Oyster Festival to Faversham Hop Festival, to Canterbury’s City Sound Project which I played alongside Big Narstie… an interesting line up for sure
  • 5 Well, it did bring you The Prosaics ..
What are you most looking forward to this year?

Seeing family, most notably my cat.

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