Portico Quartet is a band striding out from the underground on their terms. The new album ‘Living Fields’ is a kind of new debut, moving into a new sphere, from jazz into electronic music, after being signed by Ninja Tune. We had a chat with one of them - Jack - at Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan during Elita Design Week Festival 2015
WHO IS PORTICO?
I am Jack Wyllie from Portico. It’s the three of us in the band and we play electronic music; we had quite a history in jazz and now we do more songwriting and production.
We all met at university about almost 9 years ago so we have been knowing each other for a pretty long time; we started doing professionally about 5 or 6 years ago, or maybe even more, 7 years ago.
WHAT ARE YOU PRESENTING AT DESIGN WEEK FESTIVAL
Essentially we are going to play our new album, that is called ‘Living Fields’; me, Milo and Duncan of the band have been working with 3 singers that are Jono McCleery – that is going to play on stage with us tonight -, Alt J frontman Joe Newman, a longtime friend, and guest vocalist Jamie Woon who i used to live with when we were students. So it’s amazing to have these voices in our album.
YOUR MUSIC IN 5 WORDS
Well, i would say celestio, electronic, atmospheric. But actually i don’t know, it’s not easy.
AN EPIC ALBUM THAT INSPIRED YOUR MUSIC STYLE
I love an album from american author Steve Rush and i think is the first album that really bonded us in a way and we all felt connected with that one.
BEING BRITISH: strengths and weaknesses
Maybe, i think it does exist some advantages; historically London has been so multicultural and a huge melting pot of people and genre so in that sense i think it’s good to be British. But consider that the music scene has changed a lot and that it has become almost impossible to live in central London due to the prices that’s why lots of artists move to Berlin for example where you can get a proper space to do your own project; in London it’s quite impossible to do that now.
Photo by N. Parsenziani (www.parsenziani.com)