Sylver Tongue: Fear of failure + Science Fiction

Sylver Tongue burst recently onto our internet screens with the sultry video for debut electro track ‘Hook You Up’. It’s easy to push British female solo artists with a penchant for synthesizers and artistic music videos aside, but there appears to be something deeper and more intense about this project. For a start, it might be what drove producer and award winning remixer James Rutledge (Fever Ray/Everything Everything) to collaborate with her, and with more luminaries to be revealed soon, one can only expect Sylver Tongue to be an artist to watch. We catch up with the lady herself as she makes plans to announce her first set of live shows.

Hi Sylver Tongue, please introduce yourself:

Hi. I’m Sylver Tongue, i’ll have a Caipiroska please.

Where are your favourite places to be when writing music?

In the bosom of my bedroom.

We heard you are working with James Rutledge. What was it like collaborating with him?

Wonderful. James is a hugely gifted producer/musician and he has a cool cat.

As an artist, what other things outside of music inspire you to write?

Families. Relationships. Fear of failure. Science Fiction. Philip K Dick. Ridley Scott. Stanley Kubrick.

Your video is very striking and visual, who did you collaborate with for all the art direction and imagery?

I edited together images of abandoned Soviet Union monuments that look totally futuristic and otherworldly with lightning fields and burning red deserts. The film was saturated with ‘Suspiria’ inspired colours and projected over me as i sang the song wearing a mask of glass shards designed and made by Natasha Lawes. Pretty simple video really…you just need Aftereffects, a projector, a wall and a cool mask.

Are you in the studio right now working on a debut record?

I’m half way through recording the record and am rehearsing with my band for our first gigs.

If so- what kind of sounds and messages can we expect to hear on it?

Love letters to Grace Jones, Prince, Tina Weymouth and Mick Karn.

Do you have a clear idea about how the public will receive the music?

I know i have a record i can be proud of. Beyond that it’s all foggy.

Do you think emerging acts have an easy time promoting their music in modern times?

It’s much easier in these modern times for bands to be heard via the ether around the world. It’s now an instant medium. This also means that there’s a lot more competition as well. But competition is healthy.

What makes you laugh the most?

Larry David

When was the last time you were sad?

Black Mirror episode 3

Name your favourite books and movies:

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K Dick
Ubik – Philip K Dick
1984 – George Orwell
Mad Max


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