30 Seconds Interview: Xenoula

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Xenoula is Romy Xeno, a globe-trotting artist whose bewitching electronic pop buzzes with otherworldly karma and mystic incantations.

From South Africa to Europe, and finally the wilds of north Wales, Romy’s sonic spells carry influence from everywhere and nowhere, driven by the elementary cycles of the moon and her own dreams.

She meticulously wraps electronics, guitars and ear-warping studio effects around her vocal melodics, which sit somewhere in between Bjork and Let’s Eat Grandma.

It all adds up to a pungent new take on out-there pop and earthy funk, and with just a couple of LA Priest-endorsed tracks out in the world, she’s fiendishly whetting appetites ahead of the release of her eponymous debut LP, due 24 November.

We grab 30 seconds with Weird World’s latest signing…

What was the first song you developed an obsession for?

N’Gola Ritmos – Monami.

What’s the first gig you went to?

Smashing Pumpkins at Supersport Park, Centurion, South Africa, 11 November 2000.

What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?

An auto harp.

What is your worst musical habit?

Getting the same song stuck in my head for days.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?

Make a rough version and export all your little song ideas, so you can listen to them without having to find and open projects that always have missing files.

What’s your favourite venue?

There are lots of cool venues out there but I much prefer festivals/outside settings. One of my favourites is Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion. I can feel very claustrophobic in venues.

Who is your current favourite band/artist?

Deep Forest!

What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?

My dreams, the moon, colours and birds.

What track of yours best represents your sound?

Deer Ron, Honey Priest

What’s next for you?

Working on my next record and deciding which direction I will go with it. It would be good to go scuba diving for inspiration, but if I can’t I will try to imagine that I am.


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