Interview – Feralman

I recently completed a round-up article about underground folk music and featured one of Feralman’s tracks within it. I like his music and think the rest of the world will do too, so I decided to have a chat with him to find out more – if you like what you read then make sure you check out his music!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled The Ballad Of Life And Death. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

The track is about the coming together of the two great forces of life and death, told using the metaphor of an alternative love story. It’s got a lot of traditional folk elements; I particularly like the flute and the handclaps! It’s available on all streaming sites and I will soon have a Bandcamp up and running (bit slow with this). In terms of physical copies, the album will be available on vinyl (and possibly CD) when it is released next year. Pre-orders will be available via the website (www.feralman.co.uk) from Jan 1st.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

YES! And I can’t wait! I am working on the final 2 tracks at the moment and the plan is to release the album next year. I am seriously excited about it. There will be several more singles first though, including the next one which is out in January, called Believe.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

A scramble to try and capture all of my ideas! I am not short of ideas, I am short on time. I keep a guitar in most rooms of my house so one is always to hand. It’s a very organic process; I pick up the guitar, have a play, land on something I like, hum a melody and then build it out from there, layer by layer. I am usually working on 2-4 news songs at any given time. I have huge support from a team who help with recording, production, mixing, mastering and my live band.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes. Believe is out on 7th January and is about believing in your dreams, believing in yourself and not being afraid to stand up and be yourself.

You’re a Welsh/Australian artist. Do you think your unique background has affected the music you write and create?

I guess it must have on some level. I like linking things like epic fantasy with spirituality which I suppose could be a reflection of Welsh cultural heritage and Australian, particularly indigenous Australian culture.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I would say the most notable influences for the sound of my second album are Pink Floyd, especially Roger Waters, Hans Zimmer or Ramin Diwadi (they certainly influence the dramatic, cinematic elements). In general terms, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Ben Howard, Xavier Rudd, Nick Mulvey are all influences. I listen to a lot of up and coming indie artists… it is such a great peer group to be part of

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not at all. Oddly it has helped me because I’ve been working with people from all over the world that I might not have been introduced to otherwise. A perfect example is Rochelle Feldkamp who does a lot of the backing vocals on the album. She is Nashville based (and is AWESOME!)

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We have a couple of ‘warm up’ gigs in early spring and then in process of sorting out some bigger gigs in the summer. I can’t wait!

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

I think the reason we work well live is because the sound is grand and epic but retains a gentle intimacy. Acoustic guitar sits alongside heavily distorted guitars and a string section. We are an 8 piece at full complement and there are lots of components. I think we blend epic cinema with traditional acoustic folk, really well.

Any last words for the fans?

The new album is called Allegories – it is a collection of metaphorical stories. I am SERIOUSLY excited about it and feeling extremely proud of it. Let It Heal You and The Ballad of Life & Death give a flavour but there is quite a lot of variety. I’m hopeful Believe does well in January… hope you all enjoy!

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