Interview

Sloes

– My Life in Music

London-based band Sloes create the type of music that you imagine scoring dramatic moments in film. It’s rousing. It’s soaring. It gets under your skin, in the best possible way. If you’re yet to experience it then keep an eye out for their new EP, All In The Mind, released July 7, but before that lead singer Jerome talks us through his life in music.

What was the first album you ever bought?

The first album I ever bought was Bad by Michael Jackson. It was on vinyl and I loved every track.

Which song do you wish you’d written?

The Greatest by Cat Power. "Once I wanted to be the greatest, two fists of solid rock and brains that could explain any feeling" every time I sing those lyrics I have hairs that stand up on the back of my neck.

Who is your musical hero and why?

I'd have to say Nick Cave. He's so prolific and he's written so many poetic songs about such a wide range of topics. He doesn't shy away from expressing his feelings and I admire that about anyone who's constantly in the public gaze.

What is the song you’ve written that you’re most proud of and why?

I think Once In A While feels a little special because I wrote it from the perspective of someone else.

Which three albums would you be stranded on a desert island with?

I'd definitely take Leftism by Leftfield. Probably a cheat but then I’d take Leonard Cohen The Best Of. We had it on vinyl when I was a kid and I would play it for hours and come in singing “Marriane” to kids at school on Monday. Finally, Master and Everyone by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. It’s one of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard.

Which five musicians would you want at a dinner party?

Great question. Leonard Cohen (if he was still with us), Loudon Wainwright, Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Patti Smith. That’s some serious conversation and entertainment right there. I think going for people who have been there and done it would lead to more interesting chat.

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