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Player Piano

US born Jeremy Radway (aka Player Piano) has come a long way to make his debut record. We spend 30 seconds with him to learn more about his globe-trotting indie-pop...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 27 Jul 2016
  • min read
US born multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Radway (aka Player Piano) has come a long way to make his debut record, and you can hear it in every note.

Leaving his Indianapolis home around the height of Scottish label Fence Records’ powers, he instantly fell in with its figurehead King Creosote and the rest of the Fife based folktronic crew.

Following his lauded debut EP for the label, plus a tour with Mercury Prize-nominated Creosote, Fence Collective dispersed and Jeremy set about quietly making his debut album.

More than half a decade later and he's re-emerged with that record, Radio Love, a set crackling with disparate genre and geographic spurs.

From the funk, psych and alt-noise of his formative years playing in Bloomington bands to the impassioned howl of a man who’s seen the world, the album slides from Prince-tinged sleaze-pop to Ray Davies-era songwriting hooks.

We spend 30 seconds with this sonic shapeshifter to celebrate the record’s release…

I have been making music since…
I was about two or so. I’d drag the pots and pans out onto the front porch of our house in Atlanta and generally annoy the neighbours… Not a lot has changed.

My music is…
A mixture of a lot of different things. It’s been remarked that I have no regard for style appropriateness, or how this makes sense with that. I guess I’m a pretty indiscriminate enjoyer of music. My music probably reflects that.

You'll like me if you listen to…
Um, Todd Rundgren, Prince, Eels, Bowie, Talking Heads, Squeeze… always a hard question. These are the recent comparisons.

My favourite venue is…
Deceased: The Luminaire. Now operating: Koko. Both in London, mostly because of fond memories.

Music is important because…
It’s an integral part of who we are as humans, it brings us together and serves a means of communication. Music generally makes us happier and feel better - or at least like we’re not alone.

My biggest inspiration is…
The feeling I get when I hear a great song, like when you get shivers. I’ve always been driven to try and do that for other people. Must be a power trip of some kind, haha!

My dream collaboration would be…
Brian Eno? Jeff Lynne? James Blake? Actually, I’m really looking forward to working with my old friend Devon Ashley who used to play drums for The Lemonheads. He’s one of the most musical people I’ve ever known. We’ll be working on stuff for my new album later this year hopefully.

To try me out, listen to my track…
Kings & Queens.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A green architect. Maybe try and contribute to the world of sustainable technology, especially things that support struggling communities.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Able to look back and feel like I’ve been able to create and help create a lot of great art, stuff I can be proud of.