EP REVIEW AND INTERVIEW: Seramic / I Got You EP

Seramic has just released his awaited second EP – it’s named I Got You after the song that earned him a nomination for a Berlin Music Video Award, for its unique visual including members of the Great British Olympic Synchronised Swimming team. Seramic makes infectious slick pop music with smooth R&B undertones, and the six tracks which feature on the release span multiple genres, from dance music with a house feel, to more refined old-fashioned soul sounds. I Got You features previously released and championed singles ‘Same Mistakes’, ‘I Got You’ and ‘Greg’s Love’. There is also enough fresh material included for you to shake a stick at; the EP includes two mini ‘musical tasters’ in ‘Croque Madame’ and ‘Picante’, and the EP winds down with the stunning ‘Trying’, a slowed down ballad which presents Seramic’s incredible powerful vocal range at its best.

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The EP opens with ‘I Got You’; a chilled slick RnB soulful love song, its vibe is fresh and also proves that soul still very much has a place in the 21st Century. Seramic’s sleek vocals slide effortlessly alongside the jazzy synth sounds which brings in the delicious funk vibe to the track, elements which make his music sound so modern, whilst the roots of his music are fully affirmed in the Motown era. The liveliness of I Got You continues with Seramic’s collaboration with the one and only Bootsy Collins on ‘Greg’s Love’. Initially, the track starts with an almost darkly gothic feel conjured from the sound of a choir, but Seramic has you fooled as just like that, the funk kicks into the song creating another upbeat electro-soulful slice of music. You can hear the distinctive influence Bootsy has left on the track – from the bass line which was inspired by Bootsy before he was even asked to feature on the track, to the vocals.

Single ‘Same Mistakes’, track 4 on I Got You, is sandwiched between two short but sweet instrumentals – ‘Croque Madame’ combines angelic ‘ah’s’ with a mellow beat and jazzy piano chords. I also like how the track builds up volume, intensity and excitement as more and more musical elements are added into the mixture, before gently fading out again as the elements faze out one by one. ‘Picante’ is very different from ‘Croque Madame’ – although only 27 seconds long, it has so much character packed into it. ‘Same Mistakes’ itself is arguably the highlight of the whole EP; it is the perfect pop/RnB song, with punching verses and a sweeping chorus exclaiming ‘love, I won’t wait for you’. Seramic isn’t down to play games with the one he loves anyone, and is making a statement in the track, with soaring falsetto vocals passionately singing the striking chorus. Closing track ‘Trying’ provides the most heartfelt and emotional moment in the EP – the stripped back piano setting of the song allows Seramic’s gorgeously smooth dazzling vocal range to shine, and I love the use of a choir as backing. The song is split into two unique and dynamic halves – ‘Trying’ appears to end just before the three minute mark, but there’s a whole other dimension of the track, which I will let you discover for yourself.

I had the opportunity to chat with Seramic and find out more about his current musical project, why he chooses to go the extra mile and create artistic, dynamic visuals for his tracks, how he found his experience performing over in the States and much more…

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Q1)  When did you first start your current project under the Seramic name?

I guess I started a couple of years ago. I was working in LA collaborating with friends, sampling my own vocals, programming drum loops and completely changing the way I worked as an artist, which has now become essential for this project.

Q2) What was the inspiration behind the choice of name?

I was making ceramics when this project was forming and I guess it’s the oldest form of making and building. With a ‘S’ it looks and sounds futuristic. I just liked the sound of the word and it made sense with the music, coming from an old traditional place but forward thinking.

Q3) I Got You is your second EP, how do you feel your style and sound has evolved from Found?

Making the I Got You EP was very much about experimentation and running away with ideas to see how far they could go before we make the record. There are some crazier elements in there. I guess the great thing about Seramic is that it seems like there are no boundaries as to where it could go, so it feels like it’s constantly evolving which is nice.

Q4) What is your personal highlight from the I Got You EP, and why?

Having Bootsy Collins into the music and feature on the EP is more than a dream come true. He was one of my heroes growing up (Bootsy has worked with the likes of James Brown in his career, and was also a part of Parliament-Funkadelic), and I nearly died when I first heard what he did for the song; he made it so special.

Q5) You performed with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon’s famous late night television show which airs in The States – how did you end up with the opportunity to perform there, and how did you find it?

I was just so lucky. It was one of the best nights of my life. Playing with those guys was like being on a whole other level.

Q6) The video for track ‘Same Mistakes’ has a bold visual with some incredible dancing in an exotic Hong Kong environment – why do you like to create exciting videos for your songs, and set them in foreign settings?

I am really getting into making films – I come from an artistic background and want to make the visuals as exciting as the music. I also plan to put them all together and make a big immersive installation. I have often used sports objects in my sculptures, and for this EP I have really enjoyed combining elements of sports with dancing in kind of a magical, realist way, with elements of the surreal. Travelling has always been important in my work and I want to continue to make strange and beautiful films in unfamiliar landscapes.

Q7) Are there any artists who inspire the sounds which you create?

Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, D’Angelo, Greg Perry and many more.

Q8) In the summer you have a string of festival dates, including appearances at Barn on the Farm and Latitude, which will naturally be keeping you busy, but after the summer what are your plans for recording your next music?

You’ll just have to wait and see!

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As mentioned above I Got You has just been released, and you can stream/download it from several places, including iTunes and Spotify. Seramic has worked hard to craft six tracks which fit together so perfectly and have a deep soulful funk but very modern feel to them, so definitely spare a few minutes and check his work out!

 

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