They’ve had a wild time of late, with Elton John declaring himself a fan, their recent track ‘What I Love’ coming out, not to mention a whole load of remixes… we spoke to Punctual ahead of their Boardmasters set this weekend.
Hey, guys, you’ve been having the best time of late it seems, even Elton John is a fan of yours now, how does that feel?
To be honest, totally surreal! To have such a legend be supportive of your music really is something that you never think is going to happen, so it’s an amazing feeling. Definitely super inspiring.
Your recent track ‘What I Love’ is so great! How have you found the reaction to it so far?
Thank you! Yeah, it’s one of the first original tracks we’ve ever put out so we didn’t particularly know what to expect but were blown away by the response from all corners. We’ve found that often it’s the private messages you get from people on social media that mean the most to us in that way.
You’ve been doing a few remixes of late as well, including your remix of ‘Way Back’, what do you listen for when deciding to remix a track?
Generally, when we approach remixes we like to put our own musical spin on the track, so a really strong vocal line is definitely a must! Otherwise, it’s important to us that we’re fans of the artists we remix, and the original track, of course!
Tell us a bit more about ‘What I Love’, what inspired it, what made you release it?
We just heard the sample when flicking through our collection, and as soon as we heard ‘I got what you want.. you got what I need’ we knew we had to make something that reflected that upbeat feeling. We essentially just released it because it was something we were proud of! Plus it feels like a summer tune through and through, so the timing was right too!
Never been to a festival on the beach before so super excited about it! Hopefully, the weather is good, can’t wait to watch some surfing.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Boardmasters?
Oh, Jamiroquai! Of course. Been wanting to see them for years, so glad they’re back with new material too! Otherwise, really keen to see Laura Mvula again, think she’s amazing. And Loyle Carner too.
If you could collaborate with any artist on the lineup, who would it be and why?
Would love to work with Will Heard. He’s got such an amazing voice and style. His collab with Tom Misch earlier this year was spot on, would love to see what we’d come up with him ourselves.
What can people expect from your Boardmasters set? Any new material appearances?
Well, we’ve got a new EP coming out very soon called Fading Youth EP, so definitely going to be testing out tracks from that. Then will play a couple of bits we’ve made that we keep just to ourselves to play out at festivals this summer.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
We both love festivals in general, you really can’t recreate that kind of feeling and atmosphere in clubs and at venues. But then again. playing in clubs has a charm of itself because often everyone there is really into that particular type of music. Having said that, if a festival gets it right, nothing can beat them on their day.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
Boardmasters is actually our last festival of the summer as far as we know, so got to make it special!
What are your top festival survival tips?
Bring wellies!! And don’t drink too much and burn out too quickly, we’ve always found that most of the best moments at festivals happen at night!
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Boardmasters, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
Ha, okay no pressure then! I guess… it’s a summer, feel-good festival, and we make and play summery, feel good music. So obviously you should come and see us!
For more information on the festival and the lineup, please visit here.