Aidan Tulloch is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter/composer/poet who creates contemporary alternative music for the fever pitches of everyday life. Writing for both page and stage, the Thirsk-raised artist is currently based between North Yorkshire and Cambridge where he is at university. His forthcoming EP, Somewhere Without Lights, is his newest record so far; he spoke with The Fountain about the EP and his plans for 2020.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Somewhere Without Lights

Quality! I’ve had such a strong wave of positivity from close friends, new friends, old friends, distant friends, old fans, new fans, and press. People seem genuinely excited to see what I’ve been working on, and I think there’s something in the catchiness of the tunes and the honesty of the lyrics that really resonates.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

This is difficult when it’s still so fresh. Right now, to me, it feels… let’s say… a collection of euphoric songs that look both forwards and backwards, and inwards and outwards. Intrigued? Yeah, me too. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?

I’m already talking to a couple of filmmakers to make some music videos. I think video is such a powerful vessel to communicate with people — especially people who might enjoy the tunes, but want to get to know me as an artist a bit more, and I want these to be able to stand up as a film in their own right. Beyond this, I’ve got another EP in the pipeline too — it’s kind of Part 2 of a two-EP project, but I can’t say for sure when it’ll materialise. I want to give this record time to breathe first. Other plans for the rest of the year — I’m back at uni in October, too, for my final year.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I’ve got a soft spot for Deer Shed festival, which attracts consistently great artists but also isn’t far from where I grew up. It’s home turf for me and Luke [collaborator and friend Luke Coupand] and we love returning each year to see how ourselves and the festival have grown and evolved. This EP consolidates a production-heavy approach to my music, though, so I’m spending some time now probing the best way to make this work in a live setting. So far, I’ve done everything from acoustic instrumental busking through to DJ sets — but the task now is to find an intersection of these that is engaging, meaningful, and memorable. Thoughts of the live experience were at the forefront of my mind during the production process, and I’m excited to realise it in a way that respects this.