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Super excited to get the chance to speak to London-based duo Living With Eating Disorders, check out the interview below and hit the links at the bottom to give the guys a follow! All support much appreciated <3
PW – Hey guys! Welcome to Pastel Wasteland. For those who aren’t familiar with your work quite yet, how would you introduce both yourself and your sound?
Hello Pastel Wasteland, thank you for having us! LWED is myself, Andrea on vocal duty, and Jared on everything else duty (including but not limited to: keyboards, bass guitar, programming, engineering, and mixing). We are a London based alt electronic duo writing pretty gloomy songs, mainly about animals, dreams, and death. Did I sell it? Haha
PW – Ryan wrote about the digital reissue of your EP ‘Superhero’ back in 2019, and it looks as if a few more have had the same treatment in the time since. What has the reaction been like from fans?
That’s right, thank you Ryan! There were six LWED EPs remastered and officially released, and we also remastered one of the Colt EPs mainly to improve the quality of it on streaming services, but also to make it easier for people to listen to all of our tracks in one place. I was surprised at how well we were welcomed back by the original fans; there was slight trepidation on my part wondering if we would still be relevant after so long, but I’ve had offers to do photo shoots and video, and fans contact me to say they are having a tattoo of either lyrics or the logo which is so flattering, and there have been purchases of our back catalogue on our Bandcamp page. It’s been really encouraging as we were slowly working on new material, so it gave us a real creative boost to keep going.
PW – 2020 was tough in several ways. What has the last year taught you in terms of both your career and life as a whole?
I think the strongest lesson I learnt was not to wait or put things off; if there’s something you want in life and it’s within your grasp then take it, I’ve been left with an overriding feeling that there’s no sense in waiting for a better time. That goes for everything; if you want to be involved in a creative project do it and get it out there, if you love someone tell them, if you don’t like someone perhaps don’t tell them ha ha but don’t waste your time on them, our time is precious so aim to fill every second of it doing something you love or with the people you love.
I think something I’d failed to notice in the past is how important human connection is, and how urgently essential it is during lockdown to feel that. And this is on a massive spectrum from immediate family members to the stranger you might smile at while passing them in the street, it’s all so important, and we all need it.
PW – Leaving 2020 behind, what are your plans for this year? Do you have any new releases on the horizon, or indeed any new reissues?
All seven reissues were released in 2019, and in 2020 we released two singles, ‘The Snake’ on Halloween and ‘Carcass’ on Winter Solstice, which were our first new tracks in ten years. This year we plan to release a few more singles; the current lockdown has made recording slightly more tricky, but we have four tracks going through the workings and they should be ready soon. Expect more of the usual melancholy from Mansions, Dawn, and The Forest, but Seraphim Of Light we have nicknamed Disco track as it’s rather out of character for us being slightly more upbeat.
PW – The lockdown has obviously had a huge effect on live music and events of all kinds. How has it affected you guys personally, and what are your plans for getting back to things?
I live on my own so a few months back established a bubble with Jared which enabled us to carry on writing for a bit, however during the most recent spike in London we thought we should do the right thing so haven’t been meeting up. There are a few tracks we have been working on that need a final vocal so that will be the first thing we will work on when we can venture out of lockdown, which I’m really excited about. Once vocals are down Jared can mix and we can hopefully release the next track in the spring.
In my downtime, where I would normally be doing music with Jared, I’ve been making some artist playlists for our Spotify page which has given me the illusion of being creative. I was lucky to do a couple of great photo shoots towards the end of last year which had also been really enjoyable days out of London for me, and I was looking forward to another one before lockdown restrictions were tightened, so as soon as I’m allowed to travel I’ll be hoping to do more shoots, which is also an excuse to go somewhere interesting or beautiful and I find that so inspiring.
One thing lockdown forced me to learn was how to record my own vocals at home, I realise this is something I should have known long ago, but Jared being a sound engineer was always in a better position to do this for me. However I had the opportunity to work on a few tracks with The Shining Tongues remotely, so felt up to the challenge and contributed vocals to ‘Make Us Eat’ (a source of amusement for Dan, that he’d asked the vocalist from Living With Eating Disorders to sing on that song), ‘Wet Fur’, and ‘Belly Of The Town’. Dan and I also collaborated remotely on a video for ‘Make Us Eat’, something else that was new to me, and I don’t even want to talk about how long it took me to film a few mins of video.
PW – What is your favourite way to relax away from making music?
I quite like a bit of the witchy, which mainly involves me sitting at a table with candles, incense, and crystals and just zoning out, in reality it’s an excuse to sit and daydream. I also get onto the Thames foreshore when I can for a bit of mudlarking, but the weather and lockdown haven’t allowed that recently. And I love to escape watching a good film, and if I enjoy the film I’ll watch it loads, the way people would listen to an album.
PW – In terms of the creative journey, in this kind of industry, it can be tough to feel like we’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
It is tough and I’ve let those feelings get to me and take over and there have been huge gaps in our creative output because of it, but I think the best way to overcome it is to immerse yourself in what you find inspiring. It seems like it might be right to try and push through by focussing on your own output, but I’ve found the best thing is to go back to what initially inspired you to be creative, so for me that’s listening to recordings I love, and when it was an option, I would go to a lot of gigs.
Another great thing is to keep the channel of communication open with the fans because the feedback can be overwhelming. Sometimes all you need to hear is someone say your song got me through a really tough breakup, or while I was in recovery in hospital one of the nurses gave me your album and it helped me through, you just can’t put a value on something like that.
PW – If you had the ability to go on holiday to any destination, free of charge and free of Covid, where would you pick right now and why?
Is the moon an option? Ha ha, no I actually have a space travel phobia, luckily it’s not a constant looming threat. You know weirdly I wouldn’t go too far, but since you mention free of charge perhaps I could travel in style. A luxury tour of Scotland would be perfect, perhaps the highlands and islands and Galloway forest dark sky park. Staying in castles and old haunted inns and pubs with open fires, dramatic scenery, bracing weather, challenging walks, breathtaking views of the milky way.
If i could go anywhere right now however I would go and visit my parents, as I haven’t seen either of them for over a year now.
PW – And finally, where would we find you on social media, and do you have anything else you’d like to add?
I got a bit social media happy and set up a profile on pretty much every site i knew of, however i’m most active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and on all of those you can find us @lweduk
Come chat to us on social media, and if anyone knows of anywhere we have no presence, just let me know because I get a great sense of achievement signing up for new sites
You can also follow us on Spotify as we will have some new music out this year and I will be creating more playlists in between releases.
And if there’s anything you like there, add it to one of your playlists, it seems trivial but it all helps with the Spotify algorithms and we really appreciate any help we can get.
And thank you for having us Pastel Wasteland!