Lucy from Fame Throwa Records got in touch last week about their first release – New EP “Black Ice” by Midas The Cloud which is out today. It’s a beautiful piece of work – we got Cloud Head Jed to talk about that and the passing time.
What does “Midas The Cloud” mean to you?
Midas the Cloud is the first vessel I’ve found that gives me a really direct sense of purging – really sicking out all the nasty stuff that sticks to the sides. I’d wanted to use the name Midas for a while cause I think that the story of King Midas is really great. I think the whole vibe of Midas The Cloud is finding that weird liminality with finding euphoria in sadness, and the name for me conjures up a storm that turns everything to gold.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself? How long you’ve been writing music?
I’ve been in bands since I was bout 14 (and the guitarist Joey from Midas the Cloud was in that first band Casimir). Aside from that, these are all the first songs that I’ve written on my own, and bringing them to the band and developing them is a really beautiful thing. I didn’t really start singing until about 2 years ago, and started writing these pups about 18 months ago.
Tell us about the upcoming release on Fame Throwa Records – where was it recorded?
Yeah the release is something I’m well excited about. They’ve been putting on nights around South London for a hot year now and they’re just such wicked people with so much energy. I recorded a lot of the EP in friends bedrooms. The majority of the production took place with my friend Vlad – he’s in a duo called Temptress and he’s a wizard. I think we found a really good synergy working together.
What are your songs about ? Do you have recurring themes you revisit?
I don’t really want to be black and white about stuff like that, but I feel like some of the tracks are more obvious than others. The EP is called Black Ice because all the songs are about things you don’t see coming that really change your life in a big way.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
When my mum was doing any cleaning in the house she used to rinse Jungle and old drum n bass records really loud – I think this was to get back at our neighbours who were always having parties haha! The first bit of music I remember really buzzing off was that Funkstar De Luxe remix of Bob Marley – Sun is Shining. I think that was massive at the time.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
I think my favourite song of mine is one that’s not actually on the EP but will be played live a pigload. It’s called ‘If There’s Time’, and it’s about 9 minutes long. I think lyrically I’m really happy with it, and also the whole process was so organic that it just feels so so exciting. I played the guys the bones of the song that I’d written and then we just fleshed it out by playing it. I think the third time we’d ever touched it, the song was complete.
Love the video for “Can We Sleep?” where was it made?
It was made in an ice cold cesspit in Kent.
How do you approach writing new material? Do you have a structured approach or do you go with the muse?
Pretty much all music that comes through Midas starts off with me playing the bass through all my pedals, I think that’s how I feel most inspired. I try to always keep a bank of lyrics and prose about so I’ve always got something to dip into. Recently I’ve been playing about a lot with production, and so maybe in the future the process will evolve as I think they naturally do. But for now, yeah always on a bass.
Do you enjoy playing live? Where do you feel more at home in the recording studio or on stage?
Yeah I love playing live it’s one of my favourite things. It can be really satisfying getting something sounding perfect in a studio, but I don’t think I’m very meticulous by nature and playing live just allows for a really raw channeling of whatever the tracks are about. I think it’s loads more visceral.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
I think maybe Pandora (for Cindy) by the Cocteau Twins. That song is 4 minutes of perfect haze, and Elizabeth Frazer’s vocals are just bonkers.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
There have been so many that feed into this. Maybe the biggest influence is a Scottish band called The Twilight Sad. I think throughout my teens they were a constant that I would always go back to and they’re a perfect example of that real guttural channeling of energy.
Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?
Plone – Plock. I think if that doesn’t make you happy then you’ve something grey inside.
What is the best (other) new band that you’ve heard recently?
I think Junk Son are just absolutely amazing. It’s just this one guy who produces it but when they all play it live it’s so intricate and you can tell how much they buzz off it.
How do you feel about streaming services like Spotify?
The industry is changing and I think artists need to find new ways to keep up with it. Obviously their payment plans are wack and it’s such a step down from the big money of physical sales, but I think that they are just such a convenient way of connecting with people that it would be silly to reject them. We’re lucky that we live in a time where it’s really possible to get heard, and the potential for cross-platform collaborations are so exciting. You’ve got kings like Massive Attack doing tracks with Young Fathers and poets like James Massiah, there’s Flylo with his films and also Micachu soundtracking some unbelievable films.
How do you feel about London?
Yeah London is great. There’s a lot of deeply sad quite grey people, but it’s also home to some of the most homely places in the country. I’m from Somerset which is a place I really love a lot, and I think I’m lucky to have these two homes. That being said of course they both have their drawbacks – it’s really easy to lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing in London, and it can sometimes even unconsciously really feel like you’re battling against something. In Somerset life’s a lot sleepier and the sense of community is great, but there’s still a lot of quite regressive thinking that I think is harmful to a lot of people – particularly people who don’t identify as straight.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Probably just a bootleg rip of a blue man group tune.
What question would you have liked us to ask that we didn’t? And what would be your answer?
How tall I am, and it’s 6’1.
*The playlist in full