On his debut EP Reno Tapes, Toronto-based artist Mav Karlo shared a batch of songs self-recorded in a shabby casino hotel room last Christmas, each track channelling the dreamlike squalor of those surroundings. The singer/songwriter otherwise known as Menno Versteeg offers a new single in the shape of Elevator with promises of an LP out next month. He spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as his favourite gig venue.

TF: You have a new single/video out, what has the reception been like? How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Being an artist from Canada, I really was not expecting the reception in the UK and Europe to be so positive, such an exciting surprise!

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

I’m finding that plans in the time of Covid are a pretty depressing and futile exercise. 

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

I love Trianon in Paris. Such a beautiful historic room in a vibrant neighbourhood plus I get to practice speaking French from stage, which is always kind of a fun disaster for the audience.