Interview - John Ellwand

John Ellwand is a musician from Liverpool, UK, who was featured on BBC introducing. Let's have a chat with him about his music.

Hi John and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Roots of love.
Hi yeah, so it was released last month on Halloween, and it’s a song with an alchemy of different perspectives on sexual behaviour, it’s not just from one point of view. I took experiences from my own encounters and close friends. Hopefully it makes you think, I don’t really like spelling out what any of my songs are about to be honest, only because music is so subjective, people make their own interpretation, once it is released it no longer becomes mine.

- How would you describe your sound?
Gritty & melodic, I love treading that fine line of beauty & chaos.

- What do you write about?
Everything I suppose, nothing is off the menu for me.
My natural compass always leads me to honesty, and having something to say. I don’t like the phony boy meets girl scenarios if it ain’t true! I like to put my heart & soul into something that’s worth saying, otherwise it's just fake you know.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
My music taste is pretty eclectic, I love listening to vinyl. Something about having it physically there spinning and turning on your senses is a performance in its self. I’d say at this current moment in time it would be between ‘Royal Blood’ & ‘Tyler The Creator’, they're super fresh.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
I few stick out, but probably just before covid hit and fucked everything up (laughs). I was having momentum and the last show was packed. I played the Pilgrim in Liverpool (UK). Was an amazing show, but hoping to get back out there next year and start playing with my new band ‘John Ellwand & The Jackdaws’ for 2022.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
I once saw my guitarist accidentally drop a full pint of Gunness in the back of his amp. I’d never seen blue sparks like it. But fifteen minutes later after pouring it out, it worked good as new...crazy!

- Your favourite albums?
Oh good question, I’d have to say probably ‘The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’ & ‘Led Zeppelin – Physical graffiti.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Dave Grohl definitely, the nicest man in rock & I’m told.

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?

Well, I’m a pretty humble person, to be honest, so I couldn’t see myself having a diva fit (laughs). But as long as there’s a case of cider and salt & vinegar crisps I’m good.

- What are your plans for the next future?
Yeah, so I’m currently building my home studio ‘Electric Lighthouse Studios’. And once it's complete, I’m looking to release potentially a new e.p or full album early next year. I’m undecided, but one thing I can promise is live music for sure as soon as we welcome the New Year.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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