Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Sing & Tell :: Folda
Dark pop Scottish four-piece folda only launched in January, but they are already on their third single. After debut ‘aurora’ - which quickly sparked interest, being picked up by BBC Introducing and aired on Vic Galloway’s BBC Scotland radio show - and folliw-up ‘cassiel’, they released third single, ‘in writing’, on June 14, and which is part of their debut EP, out next month.
Who are you?
I'm Mark Morrow and I play guitar and samples in folda. David Ritchie sings and plays keys, Ewan Simpson plays bass and Steven Morrison is on drums.
Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today?
We are from Edinburgh, and have been releasing music since January of this year. We were lucky enough to get BBC Introducing behind us from the start which has allowed us airplay on BBC Scotland and to play Vic Galloway's Ironworks stage at Xpo North this year!
Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.
We describe our music as dark pop. David and I have been writing music for folda for the best part of two years now. We listen to a lot of pop music but wanted to keep the instrumentation and vibe quite dark feeling. Basically happy songs played in a dark way. We take influence from lots and lots of bands from the likes of Fickle Friends, LANY, The Japanese House and The Chainsmokers.
Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.
I work as a music producer and have my own studio in Edinburgh. David and I write the bulk of the songs in the studio and record them as we are building them up. We'll then show the other guys and work on the finer details together. I produce and mix it all which allows us to experiment with different sounds and take our time to build something we're really proud of.
Tell us a little about your new single.
'in writing' is our latest single. It's the first song off our debut EP 'lust' which will be released mid July. We wrote the song last year but have been adding wee bits and pieces to it over the months until it became what it is now.
Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?
We are playing Xpo North, Inverness (BBC Ironworks at 9:30pm) next up on 27th June. Then we play our first headline show at The Mash House, Edinburgh on 28th July. We have a couple more exciting things coming up shortly after then too.
How's the rest of the year looking, plans-wise?
We have a lot in the pipeline. Follow us on social media to hear it all being announced very soon!
Where can we hear more of your music?
What social media platforms can we find you on?
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram