Lake Folks is an indie-folk artist from France who moved to London in 2018 to broaden his musical horizon. Ahead of the release of his second EP, Someone Else’s Dreams, we caught up with Lake Folks to chat about his influences, starting out and new single ‘Astronaut’.
[Lake Folks] varies between delicate guitar-voice folk to some more Americana-flavoured pieces.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Lake Folks?
Until very recently, Lake Folks was a solo project. But I have to admit that I had grown a bit tired of playing on my own, and this was one of the reasons that led me to come to London, in order to find people to share this with.
I guess it worked because I’ve found these amazing musicians that are now playing with me! We actually started playing as a band just in order to record the new EP and came out of this what is now on the EP. And, to be honest, it just feels right like this, which is why I’d like to only perform as a band from now on.
Who do your take inspiration from?
In my influences I usually like to cite people like Ben Howard, Bob Dylan, Villagers or Mumford and Sons. But, even if maybe a bit more different in terms of style, I’d say my main inspiration as an artist is probably Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).
Why the name ‘Lake Folks’?
It’s actually pretty straightforward. I come from a region in the French Alps where there are plenty of beautiful big lakes, including in my home town of Aix-les-Bains. Therefore I am a ‘lake folk’ myself. And then it just fit right with the fact that I’m playing folk music.
Regarding the ‘s’ to Folks, I had it because when I started it, I thought it was going to become a band project as soon as I would go back home. It didn’t happen and I have been ‘Lake Folks’ whilst being alone for a long time. Thankfully, now it’s making sense again.
How would you describe your musical style?
Man, that’s such a hard one… I never know what to say with all these genre labels nowadays, that are mostly good to label Spotify playlists. I’d say that it varies between delicate guitar-voice folk to some more Americana-flavoured pieces.
If you could collaborate with any living artist or band, who would you choose?
To be consistent with my earlier answer, probably Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) if I had to say one, but there are so many..
Tell us about your debut single ‘Astronaut’. What’s it about?
The song talks about a love story I had with an astronaut.. I’m sure many people can relate.
When did you write ‘Astronaut’, and where did you record it?
I wrote this song in early 2018 I believe, not long after watching the movie Gravity, so maybe should I send a copy to Sandra Bullock to thank her!
I recorded it as part of my new EP Someone Else’s Dreams in November 2018 in London, at Mattison Studio, which is the studio run by Julien Baraness, my guitarist on the EP, which I definitely recommend for emerging artist with a small budget looking for the best quality!
How does ‘Astronaut’ represent your style?
I think that ‘Astronaut’ is a good sample of my ‘new’ style, which is reflected in the new EP. I haven’t changed genre in between these two EPs, but, just as Astronaut, songs are generally a bit more upbeat in this EP than in my previous work, which may come partly from the full band set up as well.
What are your hopes for ‘Astronaut’?
Obviously I hope that as many people as possible like it, and that it will make them want to listen to my new EP!
I also hope that many people put it in their ‘road trip’ playlist for the summer, it’s a pretty good fit I believe..
What are your plans for 2019 in terms of further releases and touring?
For now, in the short term, I have an EP-release gig planned at St John’s Hoxton, a beautiful church in East London, on March 16th. This will be two days before the new EP is released online on the 18th so it’s a great occasion to get it before everyone else!
After the release, I would like to start touring with the band a bit out of London in order to try to promote the EP as much as possible. I would also love to take the guys back to France for some gigs and to show the new version of Lake Folks to my ‘older’ crowd, as I’d be curious to see how it will be received there!
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Haha, just one time? I don’t know, maybe I would go back to see my 13ish year-old me and tell him to not be a lazy idiot and not to quit piano lessons, because that was stupid.