Listed as one of the essential artists for 2018 by the NME, local soul-pop duo Darcie have a knack for creating uplifting, melodic pop. We caught up with the pair, Zigi and Tom, ahead of their latest show in the city, performing at Gullivers on 4th April. Tickets are on sale here.
// How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Lo-fi soul pop, with sampled drums and weird words.
// Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
Yes! We’re currently finishing off our debut EP, which is coming out sometime in April, and are deep in rehearsals for our first ever headline gig at Gullivers on 4th April, so busy times.
// If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
Zigi: I’d like to be able to play drums, but I know I just don’t have the multi-tasking ability, so… maybe someday.
Tom: Probably my voice, just because it’s the most personal way of expressing emotion I think.
// Where do you see yourself in the next 12 months?
We have no bloody clue. We just want to perform and write as much as possible, and if people wanna listen, then sweet.
// What is your favourite song to perform? Why?
Tom: This is hard, but probably our song ‘Them’ because there’s a bit we do where everyone thinks it’s finished, and then we come back in really loud. Although I usually cut my finger on my strings when I play it.
Zigi: I think our song ‘How Was She?’ would be my favourite to perform, I don’t really know why. It’s actually well hard to sing, I just really like the song and the words. It’s quite emotional for me as well, which makes an audience reaction very touching.
// What music have you been listening to this week?
Zigi: Oooh. I’ve been listening to a lot of Zack Villere and Pond. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a constant in my playlists along with Rex Orange County. This week I’ve also re-discovered my childhood in Avril Lavigne’s album ‘Let Go’ so have been banging that out all week (it’s so freaking good!).
Tom: ‘Crush’ by Tessa Violet is the best/worst guilty pleasure song I’ve ever found, have bumped it every day for the past month. Also, I found a guy called Azekel through Children of Zeus’ Instagram story the other day, and his stuff is great, London-based soulful vibes.
// Dream band or artist to share a stage with?
REX ORANGE COUNTY.
// What is the best purchase you ever made?
Tom: The guitar I use today was the first I ever bought back when I was 14. I love it to bits.
Zigi: Tangy. Wine. Gums. Life. Changing.
Darcie perform at Gullivers on Thursday 4th April 2019. Tickets are available here.