Electric Sloth was very fortunate to have an interview with the intelligent and artistic duo, Solomon GreyTom Kingston and Joe Wilson, the dynamic duo that created the icon Solomon Grey, both met in Wilson’s hometown, Oxford, UK. We enjoyed our time spent getting to know them and their music. We fell in love with their positive energy and inspiring determination. Check out our exclusive interview with them below!

Electric Sloth: You guys are known to be one of the largest electronic music sensations in the U.K. Can you describe your journey to those accolades? 

Solomon Grey: We have been working on our music and working to bring it to the next step for years. We have actually known each other for fifteen years, and have worked together for seven years total. We have just been very persistent, we wanted to find out what kind of music we wanted to do and eventually found our sound through trial and error to get our heads wrapped around the whole thing. 

What is it like to perform in different countries? What kind of differences are there with your fan base and crowds?

The warmness and listening quality of the fans in different countries and venues that we play is truly significant.We have loved touring in the United States; Chicago was very respectful and we felt that they were there to truly enjoy the music and not sit on their phones. We are working towards receiving that from our fans in Britain and the UK and comfortably be able to play for our fans with love and happiness in return. America is so  open-minded, enthusiastic, and generous; it’s lovely to come to a crowd that loves your music. 

You guys produce a very pure, atmospheric and organic kind of sound. What inspired you guys to produce that melodic sound? 

We’ve worked together for ages, and really try to speak to ourselves for a standard and certain sound. We never used the same kind of palette and used live instruments and several palettes and  found our sound through testing with a bunch of different sounds. We really have an idea of what we want to sound like before working on the track or album. Other artists’ albums and who they are as an artist also inspire and influence our sound as well. 

What is your typical day in the studio or when you guys are producing music?

Joe: I usually have cup of tea, and work from 10-6 on music where I live, in Burlington, London.

Joe and Tom: It’s very important to us that we manage to balance family time, traveling a lot, interacting with guest vocalists and working on our music, and still making time for our own personal lives. Working on our soundtrack music was a different area to work in, for example, so to make sure we don’t spend hours on just one thing, normally from project to project. We usually click with our music instantly, and work separately pretty often to come together to create a new track or sound.

Do you guys have a place you haven’t toured yet that you still would love to experience/play?

Japan is most definitely a place that I think we both would like to see because it’s a whole different kind of culture and there is so much to it. South America, most definitely Brazil. It’s really incredible for us to experience all the different venues and exploring the different qualities that they all have. Each venue has totally different fans  and a different level of culture that are always enthusiastic about our music. Although our U.S. tour is just the beginning.

We noticed that you guys are highly interested in film and produced the soundtrack and all of the music for the recent TV show, “Casual Vacancy.” What did you guys incorporate differently while producing this music than the music you produce to perform live on tour?

We were incredibly stoked about creating a soundtrack for the film. We had no idea what to expect. It was both scary and exciting. They had an idea of what they wanted it to sound like so we pitched an idea of what they wanted to create. It was exciting because we would come on set a lot and had read the scripts to get an idea of what we needed to work with to create the right sound. There was no separate existence between the sounds, and we would regularly help each other out. It most definitely is an elaborative element, and a long process of trial and error. We only used our own ideas, and the director loved it and a lot of the set workers listened to all of our music in the process of making the film. It truly was an interesting time. It’s really important for film directors to really know what they want and want to hear. By adding this soundtrack, it still ties into what we do as a band. We feel very lucky and worked with some very lovely people. 

Tell us about your process in conducting the right sound and melody for each track within the show. Do you plan to continue to take opportunities to produce music for future films?

Yeah definitely! It’s important we maintain good relations with picking and choosing the right opportunities, but still keeping your own sound. We’ve been using a lot more composition and have come to learn that composing a quick and high enough standard is hard and rare for an industry to get that. We definitely do play some of the soundtrack at our shows and have used some of our other tracks for other things to try and attract a new audience. 

Do you guys have any other influences that effect your music? Or inspire you to continuously produce great music?

Our music is described to be international and an international experience. We strive towards bigger things that are quite philosophical. We also watch a lot of films, and listen to other tracks. It’s all about making art and connecting it with our own experiences.

You guys recently released your newest album with a creative, euphoric sound to it. What led you guys to produce that overall, adventurous sound that is capable of taking your mind in kind of a dreamy direction?

Mostly creating different tunes over long period of time all based off of experiences. Sometimes we write about our story: living in London having no money and losing everything, to traveling to Australia and working on a song, then getting married and becoming fathers…it’s a broad scale of what happened to us that led us here. It wasn’t guaranteed. So much has changed, but we still continued to produce music anyway no matter the condition we were living in. Our music developed overtime, we found our direction, and our records came together.

Do you guys have anything significant that you have planned for your remaining tour dates? Specifically, maybe while playing with Above & Beyond?

Most definitely some more festivals; we have some exciting guests and stuff coming up for our show in New York as well, with much more to come. It’s a great opportunity to do showcases and interviews and get to know new people.

What have you guys enjoyed the most about your tour this year so far?

It took a long time to get where we are today and it was a massive struggle, but we are proud of how far we’ve come. Our families recently came to see us at one of our shows giving us a reminder of who was there through effort and energy.  We feel very lucky to be given this opportunity and support from our families. It makes working so hard a lot easier. Also, seeing 10,000 people from the stage is amazing and also helps us see how far we’ve come and reminds us how lucky we are. 

One of your newest tracks, “Sweet 84,” is one of your most popular on iTunes. How did you guys incorporate that cinematic sound with the story it tells?

This track focused on playing it with a heavier electronic as the antidote. We had sheets of paper on the wall of different kinds of lyrics describing our memories, struggles, and our pasts as children. We also wrote about certain political changes as a kid and tied it into the track. I think we needed something like that, and it also made it really fun while writing it. This track rests easy with a type of sound that is very direct and majestic, with a goal of making you more aware of your own entity and own view point. 

Be sure to listen to Solomon Grey’s newest album featured on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify!


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