Chester-born, London-based Acoustic/Folk Singer-Songwriter Ed Black just dropped a beautiful new track, ‘Forgiveness’. We caught up with him to chat about the song, working with Ady Suleiman and Taya, and his musical influences.
What’s the story behind your new track ‘Forgiveness’?
Forgiveness was written at a time when I was having a lot of arguments with my partner. I felt really frustrated, mostly with myself as a lot of the arguments were my fault, or I would say certain things that I really didn’t need to, but just did because I felt so argumentative at the time. So I wrote ‘Forgiveness’ as a kind of release from that frustration and as a kind of acceptance /admission of being at fault.
What sets your latest EP apart from the work you’ve done with Ady Suleiman and Taya?
It couldn’t be much further than my work with other artists to be honest -- Ady’s stuff is a lot more R&B-inspired/soulful, which I love, but my own music is a lot more Folky/Alternative, which is a writing style that comes more naturally to me when it comes to writing for my own voice.
“I’m an indie kid at heart – I grew up listening to and loving artists like Jack Penate, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals”
How does it feel to be writing as a solo artist now?
I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love collaboration in music and have been very lucky to write with some amazing singers and artists to date, but you get a different buzz from writing and releasing music for yourself that you have wholly created.
Tell us a little about the biggest influences on your music.
I’m an indie kid at heart -- I grew up listening to and loving artists like Jack Penate, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals, who were all starting up around the time I was really getting into music. Once I got a bit older I was exposed to artists like Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Ben Howard, so I’d say my music is a bit of a blend of all that really!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve really been enjoying Daniel Caesar’s and Bruno Major’s albums recently. The Mr Jukes album is wicked too, and I love Flyte -- Cathy Come Home is one of my favourite songs/productions of the year.
What’s been your most interesting or memorable experience as a musician?
I’ve been lucky enough to have some truly amazing experiences through being a guitarist and collaborator with other artists. Highlights would probably be travelling to and performing in the South of France for a week for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide festival, playing Glastonbury twice and more recently travelling to South Korea for a music festival, all of which were with one of my close friends Ady Suleiman.
Check out Ed Black playing with Ady Suleiman, in Champagne, France [credit: Mahogany Sessions]
When and where can we catch you playing live?
You can catch me at Luna Lounge in London on November 24th!
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