1. How did you get your initial start in music
We’ve all been singing and playing all our lives. We all grew up separately surrounded by music. So unsurprisingly, when we started hanging out, the music just happened of it’s own accord. It’s our way of having a good time.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
We want to tell stories to as many people as possible. We want every one of your readers to come to an apple of my eye gig in the next month and buy our album.
And then we want to go on top of the pops. Does that still exist? Jules Holland would be nice!
Alternatively, a definition of success would be to wander into a folk club somewhere in England and hear someone singing an Apple song, and claim it as an old song from 100 years ago. We would buy that person a cider.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
For as long as we’ve been friends. Writing songs is what we do when we hang out together. It’s all very collaborative. One of us might come with a fragment of melody, or half a lyric, or a story. And then the beer and cider comes out, along with all the instruments … And three hours later we have a beautiful new song. Or sometimes not. I guess we’ve been writing songs like that for about ten years but Apple of my Eye have existed in it’s current form for around four years.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
We listen to lots of stuff. Recently we’ve been listening to Lau, Lisa Knapp, Moulettes and the Punch Brothers who are all brilliant, but more generally, we’ve been submerged in traditional English, Irish and Scottish music – and that’s probably the major influence.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The previous album was all about devils. This new one – Seven Tides – is full of songs about the sea. We didn’t set out to write songs to a theme, they just came out that way. There’s obviously a long tradition of sea songs in folk music, shanties and so on – and for some reason it felt like a natural place to go when writing over the last couple of years. For us, songs are for expressing ideas and feelings through fantastical stories and images. And the sea offers such a great set of images and associations – journeying, danger and the unknown.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
The London folk scene is really strong at the moment – loads of amazing artists and there are lots of great venues. The Woodburner night is excellent – it moves around a bit but is at Chats Palace in Homerton at the moment. The Harrison in Kings Cross and the Gladstone in London Bridge are also excellent. Jamboree venue in Limehouse is a favourite – they have fantastic music nearly every night.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
There’s so much, it’s hard to know where to start. But Sam Lee, Theo Bard, Brooke Sharkey, Whiskey Moon Face, Franky and the Jacks and Ellie Rose Rusbridge are particular favourites – all very different, but all doing something really exciting with folk-influenced music. Ellie was in AOME until fairly recently, and features on the new album.
8. Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
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