ARTIST NAME: Easymess
SONG TITLE: Out of Sight
SINGLE TITLE: Out of Sight
RELEASE DATE: 3rd of March 2019
Easymess is the stage name of 23-year-old, French-born London-based multi-instrumentalist Adrien Latgé.
After years of providing drums and backing vocals for other artists, he embarked on his own solo project in 2015 with his debut release ‘Hermione’s Bag’.
After extensive gigging around London & Lyon, he successfully crowdfunded his 2017 release “One Night Stand” – a 4 track EP written, composed, and recorded in 12 hours with the help of a diverse selection of guest musicians.
He just released his new single “Out of Sight” as part of an EP release this summer.
As the days dim, he can be found drinking red wine and opening his heart with tales of his travels, past relationships, and memories of lost loved ones.
Inspired by songwriters such as Bon Iver and Damien Rice, he creates introspective folk with brief moments of angst that take you through the highs and lows of modern city life.
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
I guess folk is still my favorite genre of music. It is probably obvious as it’s what I do, but I connect more to folk artists in the way they deliver their songs.
Emotionally and lyrically there is much more space for interpretation and the essence of it is probably the storytelling. That is also what I love about it.
As Oscar Isaac says in Inside Llewyn Davis:
“If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song.”
Folk just feels timeless and comforting in that way.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’m originally a drummer, I was drumming on my mum’s pans in the kitchen when I was 4, and never really stopped playing, and slowly discovered all types of percussion, started playing Xylophone, and played in all the projects I could get thanks to my teacher.
The only thing I had in mind was drumming and singing, and eventually, I wanted to write songs; so I picked up the guitar and taught myself how to play chords so I could have original material when I was about 13 I think.
I kept doing both ever since, and still try to play in as many bands as I can as a drummer as there are an infinite amount of ways and style of playing, I don’t want to stop learning.
Tell us the theme of your song.
‘Out of Sight’ is really about London. When I moved here in 2015 I didn’t know anyone and came on my own, the only thing I knew was that open mics were a thing and I could meet people that way. So I did, but it became much more than I thought it would be, and what was meant to be a gap year turned out into more than 3 years in London, and quite happy to stay.
After the 1st year here, I did come back to France for a few months to think of my plans, and that’s when I wrote it.
It is about weighing the pros and cons of living here, and realizing how much I loved it, how we all came together as a group of friends, how people taught me how to live here and how I had created a home for myself in East London.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
It depends how far back I go, but I’d have to start with my parents and sister who dealt with me playing loud drums in my room until I moved out and still bringing me infinite support of everything I have done, letting me go to London and still now being my 1st stream on Spotify every time.
My drum teacher Jean-Marc Kugel literally gave me the taste for music and improvising, creating, learning all the time, and be adventurous, he’s probably the person I owe the most for what I’m doing now.
And then all the musicians I play with here in London who make my songs sound infinitely better live and in the studio (Brian Grogan, Jona Old, Mónica Viñoly, Lin Hamami, Allison Conrad, and Sara Newton), Julien Baraness at Mattison Studio for tracking the single, and my friend Ali Robertson from Lewisburg who mixed the track.
Tell us your future goals.
Future goals… Well, I’d like the upcoming releases to expand my audience so we can start thinking bigger. I’d love to get into festivals as it’s something I’ve never done in England. And definitely release some more music; I have things cooking as we speak…
Share your press release with us.
Easymess expanded his live set. From the original solo act, Easymess evolved to a 2 piece, then a full band, and now fronts a 7-piece band.
“Out of Sight” is the new single coming out on the 3rd of March, as part of an EP release this summer.
An upbeat, catchy song about London that explores how the whole band of friends came together, from discovering each other’s music to bonding over their differences, and eventually finding a home in the East London music scene.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
That one would be better answered by them I would assume, but it’s really nice to get some feedback on songs that you think are personal when you write them.
The upcoming EP contains 2 songs that I play a lot live, and they are the ones I get the most feedback about.
I often joke saying that a good gig is when I make people cry with my sad songs, but it’s not that far from truth.
Eventually, when someone comes to me and relates a lot to one of the songs, it is the best feeling.
Ultimately music’s purpose is to make people feel things, so when they do it’s the best thing.
Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.
That is a vast question, also because I’ve mostly seen the change because I got closer to it.
But obviously, streaming and how people listen to music is the biggest revolution.
Less physical supports, all online, people’s patience is going down as well, and as an artist, you need to be everywhere all the time, productive, and aware of how to reach people.
There’s a lot to learn, it’s still really new for everyone in the end, but I guess it offers more art to people, even if it does take a lot from the artists.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
My main inspiration is Damien Rice. I discovered his music early in my songwriting, and I’ve always been absolutely fascinated by his lyrics and live performances. Had the chance to see him play in Lyon a few years back, and didn’t disappoint.
There is something really honest and vulnerable in his songwriting that hits a spot every time, and a delivery that is perfect and transparent.
I would have to mention Bon Iver as well who is probably the most adventurous artist from the folk scene nowadays, which makes him truly inspiring to experiment with different sounds and atmospheres.
Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
I usually write my lyrics first so I don’t get distracted by the music. I’d rather have what I want to say and how I want to write it coming out clearly and as I want it to.
I just sit at a cafe and start writing what’s on my mind most of the time.
A friend of mine gave me the best advice when I was starting and I’ve been following it since:
“Try and empty your head, think of nothing at all. Then there will be something left that stays on your mind, so write about that.”
I usually take a lot of inspiration from watching people around me to reflect it on my own experience and start writing about nothing in particular, and a theme for the song slowly comes out naturally, and I just let it come out. I can’t plan when I’ll be inspired, or what I’ll be writing about.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
I came to London on my own and I had always been playing my songs alone on stage, but London and the people I’ve met here made me change my mind.
There’s so much you can get from other people’s tastes and ideas that it would be a shame not to use it.
I first started rehearsing and arranging songs with my friend Brian (main backing vocalist, played percussions live and now electric guitar for the live show), and slowly expanded the band.
For the single release party, we played 45 minutes as a 7-piece (2 guitars, drums, bass, violin, piano, and backing vocals), and that’s the happiest I’ve ever been with the sound of my songs.
The scene in East London is really together and we love getting together, play music and see what comes out. One of my goals for 2019 is to co-write more with other artists that I love.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.
I’ve rarely been playing really upbeat songs because it’s usually not what I like writing (with the exception of a few including the new single “Out of Sight”), so I guess I’m focusing more on the message.
As I mentioned before, I like when I get a message across, or an experience that people can relate to. If they understand what I felt when I write it it’s that I’ve done a good job writing it, if they relate to it and feel it as well, ultimately that’s the best I can get.
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
The melody usually comes naturally in my bedroom, once the lyrics are written, I’ll just play a few chords and try and go through the whole song and hear where it naturally takes me.
Some things I’ll keep, some others will just move when I play the songs again until the melody sets itself and doesn’t change any more.
I often even change things when I play live and keep them afterward, because there’s a bigger emotion singing it live so some parts will just need a stronger melody, and I couldn’t have realized without a live setting.
The instrumentation just comes when I bring the song to the band, everyone is quite free to try things, and we just mess around until we like it.
For the studio part though, I tend to write everything on paper, all the ideas for all the instruments, so we can try it all during the recording session. Then we just keep what works in the mixing process.
Go into detail on the recording of this song.
‘Out of Sight’ is actually probably the simplest song, production-wise of the EP.
I recorded my guitar first, did several versions of it to give it more power and pace, and then added percussion, bass and did my vocal takes. That part usually goes fast as it’s a song I’ve played live many times.
Then there’s a bit more experimentation. We added electric guitar, violin on the 2nd day in Mattison Studio.
We also recorded the backing vocals which are a big part of the song in my opinion.
Brian has been singing with me for the past 2 years really so the takes go really quick, and then I invited Sara Newton to put her voice on the track. That was a 15 minutes session of her nailing the part. It just goes really quickly when the musicians and vocalists are that talented, and I’m really lucky to be surrounded by these guys.
Once the main parts are there it all comes down to mixing really, and I spent a few afternoons with Ali Robertson, making sure everything was moving smoothly, sounding good, and that the live energy translated well in the recording.
Discuss your music performance.
Live performance is my favorite part of music really, I think the songs are more impactful live, and I know for a fact that I give more emotion and energy when I’m on stage, and the musicians I play with are all super lively and we all know each other really well and I think it comes through a lot and the audience feel it. The only rule is if we’re having fun, hopefully, people will.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Easymess is not such a crazy story, to be honest, I didn’t want to keep my real name because people always struggle with it, so back in France when I started it, we had a brainstorming session of random words I used a lot in my lyrics, and tried to make combinations out of them.
Easymess came out. Coffeeroad and Winecity came out as well, so I think Easymess was a good call, could have been worse!
And I quite like the opposition and the paradox; I guess it does represent my music and my personality pretty well.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Out of Sight” just represents the constant escapism that pushed me to come to London, and then maybe to come back to France for a bit.
Then there were loads of moments moving here when the language barrier was an issue, and every real friendship I made happened when we were out of the crowd, going out of wherever we were to have a quieter chat drinking whisky (for example?).
In general, it’s where I feel the most comfortable.