SXSW 2017 Interview: Aquilo

By on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at 3:00 pm

Lancashire lads Tom Higman and Ben Fletcher are Aquilo (pronounced ah-KWILL-oh), a London-based soulful, electronic and piano-led duo. Aquilo made their Austin debut at SXSW 2017, performing at several shows including the KCRW showcase at Elysium on Wednesday night, the Get Buzzzed showcase Friday afternoon at the Brew Exchange, and the BBC and Department of International Trade showcase Saturday night at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. (Stay tuned for our reviews of those live performances to post soon here on TGTF.)

After their Get Buzzzed performance on Friday, Tom and Ben (far right in picture at top) kindly chatted with me about their brand new baby, their debut album ‘Silhouettes’ (reviewed by me here), which is now available from Island Records in the UK and Harvest Records in America. I reckon you’ll be surprised by the musical influences they reveal to me (seriously, would you really have guessed that one of them is a massive Mastodon fan?), along with the work ethic and their creativity that’s always ‘on’ that suggests a follow-up won’t be too far behind. Good news indeed! Have a listen to my interview with them below. To catch our continuing coverage of Aquilo including the forthcoming reviews of their live performances at SXSW 2017, use this link.

Ben Fletcher and Tom Higman of Aquilo at Get Buzzzed showcase, Brew Exchange, Friday 17 March 2017

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