Who are you and where are you from?
Raevennan Husbandes & Hannah Miller from Moulettes – based in the South East of England.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
RH: Laura Mvula
HM: Bunty Looping
What’s it really like touring?
RH: Really great. Could possibly be my favourite part of being a musician.
HM: Lots of sitting in moving vehicles. Making friends! Shit Sandwiches! Extremes of Elation and Exhaustion!
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
RH: I have a feeling Dublin will top the charts for me; it’s my first time playing Dublin.
HM: It’s great to be getting over to Dublin, Ive missed Ireland! Excited about Glasgow, and Bristol crowds always deliver.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
RH: Laura Mvula / Esperanza Spalding / Layla Hathaway
HM: …& Björk / Missy Elliot / Janelle Monae / Juana Molina / QOTSA /
If it’s an inter dimensional festival then I would add Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, amongst others.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
RH: My biggest achievement will be getting to the end of the year!
HM: I loved touring Canada this Autumn, it was a joy.
What has been the worst moment of the year?
RH: Getting stuck in Luxembourg for days with a broken down van (clutch went) on a bank holiday weekend, unable to finish the rest of our tour.
HM: Yep. that was a bummer. Clutchless in Stucksembourg Volume 1.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
RH: I’m given advice after shows quite a bit. “What gauge strings do you use/what make? You should change that”, “you have great tone but what are your settings on?” “what picks do you use? you should try…” I’m usually given these nuggets of advice by middle aged men. Often my response is “Oh, do you play?” and more often than not their answer is no.
HM: People have told me to write for my audience… I think this is an artistic error. You must write for yourself, not second-guess what you think people want.
What do you do to relax?
RH: Drink rooibos tea, listen to Radio3 and go walking my spaniels.
HM: Salty baths. Dancing in my room. Good sessions playing music, writing and improvising loosens my brain up. I carry essential oils about in case I need to change my mood… Geranium is a good one.
What are you reading?
RH: Brave New World – Aldous Huxley and The Rest Is Noise – Alex Ross
HM: Recently finished Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. She is amazing but I found the book absolutely heartbreaking.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
RH: The Walking Dead 8, American Horror Story – Roanoke and The Keepers on Netflix (not for the faint hearted).
HM: Just hoovered up Stranger Things which ticked a lot of boxes – and looking forward to getting stuck in to the Attenborough new series. Adventure Time, all the time.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
RH: some of the ‘epic fail’ compilations are funny, as are the animal ‘thug life’ ones.
HM: hmm, not one favourite- but I just looked up my Youtube history and its mainly Stewart Lee Clips, Rick & Morty, and Lady Leshurr thats coming up …
What website do you visit most?
RH: Not including email? Damn that’s hard. Probably Facebook :/
HM: There is a Facebook community group @Mesmerizingsounds that has all sorts of curious and wild sounds and instruments- That’s always worth a look.
What is your favourite:
HM: gahhh so hard to choose! Probably Björk’s Debut as I heard it first when I was 9 and I still love it. I also had very obsessive phases with PJ Harvey & Nick Cave, and Jeff Buckley, Grace.
HM: Way too hard. But right now, I’m revisiting the Brodsky Quartet version of Björks ‘Hyperballad’. It is beautifully orchestrated and transcendent.
Lost classic song?
HM: It has very much now been found; but Sixto Rodriguez – ‘Sugar Man’ springs to mind.
HM: I admire co-op labels who put art first and try to innovate in the bewildering music industry – Our own Label Sotones, Beatabet in Brighton, Lost Map & Debt Records.
Who is your favourite current artist?
RH: Esperanza Spalding.
HM: Laura Mvula … Can’t wait to see what she does next.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
RH: Anna Meredith.
HM: Not sure what counts as new… but I’m excited about friends and contemporaries who are breaking new ground- Ríoghnach Connolly, Bunty Looping & Alabaster De Plume to name just a few. I also really like Empress Of, just been getting in to her stuff lately.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
RH: Samantha Whates and Jack Harris at The Slaughtered Lamb, London, 2nd Nov 2017.
HM: The Breath (Ríoghnach Connolly & members of Cinematic Orchestra) at Shambala.
RH: Being on tour you don’t get to go to many other artists’ shows, really. But I recall a Lauryn Hill gig at Brixton Academy being nightmarishly awful. It was heartbreaking. That’s the only show I’ve ever walked out of before the end.
HM : I’ve seen some great music sabotaged by bad sound, many times… I find it very difficult to enjoy a gig if the sound is not good… bus woman’s holiday.
What should we expect from your Irish show?
HM: Big riffs, instrumental odysseys, sweet vocal harmony, some joyous shredding & Octopus facts.
RH: Expect some bloody good craic.
You can get to know Octopuses when Moulettes play Whelan’s on the 12th of December. Enjoy the tunes too, of course.