Royal Talk with… Boxed In
Oli Bayston comes from a varied musical background, but listening to the indie pop gems he’s churning out now, you could say it’s all been leading up to Boxed In. Serving up a beautiful synthesis of production savvy and hook-conscious song writing, the band is very much front and centre of 2015.
THE ALBUM’S GREAT. WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE THE EXPERIENCE OF MAKING IT IN YOUR VARIED BACKGROUND IN MUSIC MAKING AND PRODUCTION?
It’s been a long process of development, much longer than some records that I produce for another artist. In that way its nice to be able to trace the full history of the songs creation in my mind.
YOU’VE JUST BEEN AT SXSW. HOW WAS IT? WERE THE CROWDS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT YOUR MUSIC?
The crowds were actually really great. Particularly in the night time shows. We did two shows a day every day we were at the festival. In a way it seems like the day time shows were warm ups the later ones, but we had good crowds for every show we played. made the whole thing seem worth while!
DID YOU SEE ANY EXCITING NEW ACTS YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT?
A band played before us at the Domino Records party called Girl Band who I thought were really good. Really punky. They just had a lot of energy and played and sung with conviction. A rarity to see at times.
ACT YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT ON THE LAND OF KINGS BILL?
I’m looking forward to seeing The 2 Bears. I’ve worked with them on a couple of tracks for their album and it’s always a lot of fun seeing them play live. I haven’t seen Koreless before, would like to check him.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VENUE IN DALSTON?
Café Oto always has interesting music on. There are actually quite a few venues in Dalston now I guess, but Oto has been around for quite a while, and always maintains a high and consistent level of quality acts performing there.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO HANG OUT IN DALSTON?
The rooftop garden bar’s pretty chilled [Dalston Roof Park]
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE LOCAL SCENE THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
There is still a desire to push things forward and seek innovation and new ideas in many aspects of the East London music and arts scene. It may get stick for being trendy – its true that there is a lot of posturing – but there is still a lot to be excited about in the area.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR SO FAR?
Panda Bear “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”
YOUR IDEA OF AN IDEAL PRE-FESTIVAL BREAKFAST?