Tell us about yourself.
Three guys from Nottingham, UK who love touring, playing live shows and writing music together.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.
We are an ambient/rock band often compared to Sigur Ros, Bon Iver or Explosions in the Sky. We are big fans of reverb and love guitar pedals.

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Tell us the reason you decided to go into music.
It’s the only thing the three of us ever had a true passion for. We love it and after a while of doing it around work we decided to take it full time and tour the world. We love it.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.
“Atelo” came from the word Atelophobia which is the fear of not doing something right or the fear of not being good enough. Quite simply put it’s a fear of imperfection. Over the two years of self-producing this record whilst touring up and down the UK, we experienced numerous emotional lows and highs along the way. Having spent so much time on this record while developing our sound and live show we somehow forgotten whether the work was how we originally intended it to be or whether or not it was even good any more. Nevertheless, the group vocal recording day re-defined that feeling, going away with hope and encouragement from witnessing the few reactions from our fans, friends and family’s first listen of the album’s material. It was then that the our Atelophobia was gone I suppose, through the uniting of people who got together and experienced Eyre Llew’s two years of hard work for the very first time. It was fitting that it became the title track of the album from that.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.
The recording process for “Atelo” began over two years ago, with the three of us developing our sound during a run of 8 single releases from 2014 to 2016. We had always set out to make a self-produced album from our home and creative hub, BSV Studios in Nottingham. Having initially recorded over fourteen tracks, the final cut includes eleven on the release with a hidden track on the CD. The recording process took us all over the country, gathering sound samples from locations such as
London’s Kings Cross station and waves crashing upon beaches in Norfolk, UK. The record really started to take shape though when the first parts of instrumentation were done.
They spent a week in Lincolnshire, UK tracking songs on a grand piano, one of the key layers to many of the songs on the album, striving to capture as much rawness as we could. It was here, in a rural house somewhere in the countryside that “Atelo” was properly born… Taking this back to our hometown studio in Nottingham, we recorded and re-recorded this album over and over again until we found a level of satisfaction where we could happily say ‘ok’ and let this go out into the world.
Being the first body of work the band would ever put out on physical format, it felt like there was a lot hanging on its anticipation with the release date coming up three years after the band started.

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Tell us the artists you will like to collaborate with in the future.
Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, A Winged Victory, Olafur Arnalds, Hans Zimmer, John Williams.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.
Drowned in Sound, Kerrang!, The 405, Gigwise, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Fred Perry Subculture.

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Tell us the kind of work you like to do apart from music.
In our downtime on tour we go to the cinema where we can as well as checking out the local history/castles. Castles are great!

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.
www.eyrellew.com

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Tell us more about your music career and experience so far.
Eyre Llew have been featured on BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Radio and had a number of film and TV syncs including Jonny Owen’s ‘Don’t Take Me Home’ documentary. Previously championed by The 405, Fred Perry Subculture and BBC Introducing as well as being labelled by Drowned in Sound as 2017’s “ones to watch” with “Atelo” reaching #24 in Drowned in Sounds Top 100 Albums of 2017. They have performed various tours around the UK, Europe and Asia since their sold out début show in May 2015 with Pinkshinyultrablast and their sell out album launch show in their hometown. By the end of 2017 we will have made festival appearances at Y Not, Outlines, 2Q, Handmade, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Focus Wales, Seazone Music & Conference (Poland), Zandari Festa (South Korea), Freilich Open Arts (Austria), Perth Music Expo, Ritual Union, 110 Above, Splendour, Outstanding, Farmfest, A Carefully Planned, Hockley Hustle, Karma Fest and Rockaway Beach with more to be announced. We have plans set to tour the UK and Europe from March and Asia again from the summer of 2018.

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Tell us your favourite artistes and the reason for choosing them.
Bon Iver // Because every record is a progression and just one of our favourite artists of all time. We love their instrumentation.
Sigur Ros // They make innovative and experimental music while holding all the sonic and emotional beauty in their work. A true bunch of artists who inspire us everyday.

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Tell us your definition of a hit song.
Something that ends up in the Top 40.

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Tell us your happiest moment in your music career.
We’ve had a few. Touring South Korea in October was amazing and we’re currently in Austria as part of our first full European tour which is really exciting. We can’t wait to announce things we’re doing over 2018 as those plans are probably our biggest yet!

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Tell us about the genre of your music.
We generalize and call it ambient/rock. We love post rock/ ambient stuff but also have a background of indie/rock music. What comes out in Eyre Llew when the three of us write together seems to be that.

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Tell us the names of music producers you will prefer for music
production and state your reasons.
Jonsi & Alex // They made the Sigur Ros Waltari record which is in our opinion their best work. Just stunning.

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Tell us the secret behind success in life.
Lots of motivation. Hard work. For us the thing that it always comes back to is just persistence and perseverance.

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Tell us your view on signing to a major label and “Doing It
Yourself”.
DIY isn’t so bad; it’s just a lot more work. We wouldn’t turn down a major label without considering the options but until any offers come we’re content for the moment with working DIY. We have a lot of freedom doing what we do, choosing where we tour, what shows to play and what merch to put out. It can be a lot more creative we assume.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.
Financial hardship. Missing time with friends and family back home.
Making new friends on the road and leaving them to play the next town.
It’s an exciting life but a stunted one. You have to really love it!
Fortunately we do. 🙂

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Give a piece of advice to your fans.
Don’t give up and don’t wait around for someone to come along and do it for you. Persistence. Tolerance. Bliss.


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