Recently, Antix Music Network put out a post across social media offering free promotion for music artists in the Somerset / Dorset area of the UK. The response has been great, and it’s good to see musicians are still actively writing and producing their own music. If you have something you’d like to promote across our channels, #GetInvolved and Contact Us today!
One our latest submissions was from Somerset duo Riley’s Cove, who in late January released a 5 track EP called “High”. We spoke to them earlier in the week.
Frazer Mitchell; Hi guys! Nice to hear from you. Your tracks are sounding great! First off for our readers, tell us a bit more about who you are, and what you do.
We’re an acoustic duo based in Somerset with myself, Scottie on guitar and vocals from Chelle. We have just released our debut EP which features a mix of stripped back covers and ‘easy listening’ originals, but when we’re not making music you’ll find me mostly surfing, swimming or cycling and Chelle working in marketing with her free time spent mostly on long walks with her very energetic husky and in local amateur dramatics.
FM; So you've just released a 5 track EP called 'High'. Is this your first release as a duo?
RC; Yes this is our first release as a duo we formed about 18 months ago but the two of us are also in the six piece band KINDRED which is where we met. We realised that we had similar music interests and decided to set up Riley's Cove to cover more acoustic type music.
FM; Where did you get the EP recorded? What was the process behind writing and recording each track?
RC; The EP was recorded in beehive studios in Somerset. It’s a really cool recording studio situated in Middlezoy in the middle of the Somerset levels. Show and I co-wrote the EP during lockdown. On some tracks I wrote the music guitar parts first and then the lyrics came and on some tracks Chelle wrote the lyrics so it is a great combo. The recording took place over a couple of weeks when restrictions were lifted last summer. We added a stripped down version of Paulo Nutinis ‘Loving You’ which is really cool with Chelles voice.
FM; You mentioned when you submitted the EP that it has been picked up by a fair amount of radio presenters...
RC; Yep, it’s been quite exciting because it’s been picked up by around 10 radio stations which includes BBC radio Somerset, BBC radio Cumbria a number of local stations in the Southwest like ToneFM, NineSprings, West Somerset radio, SedgemoorFM, GlastonburyFM, FromeFM and also a radio station in Ireland that has highlighted Rileys Cove as a band to watch out for overseas; that’s really exciting.
FM; So how has lockdown been treating you? What were you guys doing musically before lockdown? Were you gigging lots?
RC; We were gigging before lockdown and like most musicians it then came to a halt. We managed to squeeze a gig in last summer outside but otherwise lockdown has been a time of writing new music and jamming online.
FM; What’s your plans after COVID-19? Will you be looking to gig more to make up for lost time, or will you be working more on releasing more EPs?
RC; We have started writing tracks for a new EP that we would hope to release later this year but I really hope is that we can get out gigging again when we’re allowed to do so. We can’t wait to be able to play live so that people can hear our tracks in the flesh. We are really excited to be playing again then. Any venues that are keen for an acoustic duo then we’d love to hear from them!
Go and check out Rileys Cove over on Facebook, and check out their video below.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network