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Urban Interviews: Easton Guillory

If you’ve found this year’s music releases a little stagnant you’re not alone but thankfully Easton Guillory aims to put an end to the tedium. With a new NP peaking over the horizon, we exchanged words with the man behind the moniker to dive deeper…

UR: How did you get into music in the first place?

I grew up in a very musical family. My mam is a folk singer who dabbles in guitar and my sister was into performing arts. My late dad Isaac Guillory was a musician who was quite well known in his time particularly for his mastery of the guitar. Working with The Rolling Stones, The Buggles, Donavon and lots of big names. He passed when I was only 2 however left behind quite the legacy and more than enough for me to remember him by, particularly his beautiful guitars which were always scattered around the house, hangin up on walls and sitting in corners of several rooms so naturally I followed on from everyone else and picked up the guitar at age 10, never looked back.

UR: Did you have other goals/dreams if it wasn’t going to be music?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking, I liked the idea of being a chef until I actually did a kitchen shift and realised its more wrapping, dating, cleaning and organising fridges than actually cooking throughout 40 hour days. Yes days. Hats off to chefs around the world.

Growing up I went through different phases like anyone but to be honest, I’ve only ever really focused on music since I first picked up a guitar at 10.

UR: How do you spend most of your spare time outside of music?

I love bouldering and climbing/mountaineering in general. I spend more time at the climbing gyms just for practicality however I do love to climb out and about around Yorkshire Moors and Peak district when I can.

Otherwise I do love other forms of media than music, I love gaming, film, TV and books, particularly dystopian stuff.

I love food, I love going to restaurants and trying different cuisines and also love cooking and experimenting, everything about it, except cleaning.

UR: If you could share the stage with a deceased music star who would it be and why?

Im torn between David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. I could go for the sob story answer and say my dad because to be fair that would be pretty cool however yeah, I think I’m gonna choose Jimi Hendrix just to watch him FEEL. He feels like no ones business. Honestly I prefer David Bowies music but, just to be near Jimi Hendrix improvising a solo, feeling his radiance and being a part of it would just be hypnotic.

UR: What’s your method for discovering new music?

I think most of my new discoveries come from suggestions from friends. I have a select couple of friends that know my taste well and keep me updated with artists I might like if they come across them.

There are some playlists I go for now and then on spotify and the spotify recommended artists also gives me some gooduns, but often it will be some link to some album in some group chat somewhere that I will have a go of and that will be that.

UR: Does the EP’s name have any special significance?

The EP’s narrative is essentially about some aspects and struggles of my life. End of the Walls is just a play on Wallsend which is the town I grew up in, the name Wallsend comes from the fact it’s the end of Hadrians wall. It also has significance in the fact that it was written when I moved to Leeds, after Wallsend. Like the end of an era, a new start. End of the Walls is also the name of the bonus track, the idea behind the track is delivering the working class message but in a somewhat more sophisticated manner.

The spoken vocals are in a broad Geordie accent, essentially ranting about growing up in Wallsend, in a very ‘chav-esque’ manner. However this is alongside technically quite classical guitar and haunting cello, playing polyrhythmic, sometimes quite dissonant, proggy music. What I’m going for in a sense is trying to disband the stereotype of working class people by blending these contrasting musical cultures. The 5 main tracks are very personal to me, being someone from this working class background, yet the music is quite proggy and neo-classical-esque which typically comes from a more middle class culture. Just because someone is wearing a tracksuit doesn’t mean they’re an arsehole or a chav.

UR: If you had to describe the EP to someone hard of hearing using only images what images would you use?

Great question. The artwork which coincides with this EP was actually painted to try and emulate or capture some of the feelings, atmosphere and general vibe of the music. I personally think it does well in this so I think the End of the Walls artwork would get some of it across.

On terms of the narrative each song would probably need its own. The opener fake has themes of feeling outcasted throughout different times in my life. Perhaps a group of children in football kits huddled together and then a little boy standing alone sporting, cowboy boots, skinny jeans and a waistcoat. Then a picture of a group of adults huddled together wearing cowboy boots, skinny jeans and waistcoats while the same boy grown up stands alone in a football kit.

Misty is about my Mam, written for her 60th birthday. It’s perhaps the only positive song on the EP depending how you view it, and maybe the bonus track. For this one Id show a picture of a slim single mother feeding her two children from her own bowl.

Broke inside has themes of mental health. For this I’d say perhaps a picture of a man who from the front is smiling and well dressed with new car keys in his hand, but from behind his clothes are all ripped and stained and his hair is a mess.

Pointless follows themes of drugs and addiction. For this perhaps a man sitting on a dirty sofa surrounded by ash, ends and empty baggies. A door with ‘sobriety’ written above it with only a few things blocking the way to it. The man sees this and considers it but cant really be bothered to move the things out the way.

Always with you has themes of family and death. For this perhaps a young boy asleep and the ghost of his dad watching over.

The bonus track has themes of growing up in a working class area and general ‘chav’ antics. Maybe a picture of a typical cheap high street pub next to a Greggs with two people having a fight outside and a drug deal happening on a corner. You know that picture of that street in Manchester with the police and the guy lying parallel to the curb reaching for his beer. Something like that.

Easton’s new EP ‘End Of Walls’ drops 05/04/22!

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