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LISBON KID joined us at iconic North London venue, The Finsbury, to be part of our latest Original Icons feature!

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Between them they have had many successes on both sides of the Atlantic as award-winning writers and producers working within a wide range of genres from EDM to techno rock, alternative folk to indie pop. Most recently developing and producing Chloe Howl.

They have just completed their debut album, which is a seemingly effortless and laidback mix of electronica and acoustic instruments, often with ambient landscaping and employing elements of sound design. Added to this is a huge song-based pop sensibility and emotional lyrical content that gives the project the obvious uniqueness that is Lisbon Kid. Influences include Royksopp, Zero 7, Pink Floyd, Cinematic Orchestra, Kinobe, Massive Attack, M83 & Nick Drake.

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The writing and recording process for the project originally began in Portugal from whence the duo hail, and then eventually moved back to London for completion. They have taken an uncompromising audio approach, allowing them to achieve a real and obvious sonic excellence. Lisbon Kid have employed the best in both vintage valve audio signal paths and acoustic instruments in the analogue world, and also the latest software and techniques in the digital domain.

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Their combined experience as cutting-edge producers in their respective fields has also contributed to the vast warmth and beauty of the sound of the project.

We caught up with the pair for an exclusive Q&A! Check it out below:

1. What does it mean to you to ‘Be An Original’? 

To take the less traveled path, to be confident about where your going irrespective of the direction the others are going in. It means ultimately to be yourself and to believe in yourself and to know you’ve every reason to do so

2. Tell us about your latest release? 

Our single ‘We Look At The Stars’ featuring Sarah Cracknell is out now on the legendary Wall Of Sound label. Taken from our eponymously titled debut album also out now and which sees and vinyl release on heavy 180g audiophile limited edition vinyl on the 21st of April. We’re currently also working on curating artists for a Lisbon Kid Art Exhibition ‘Call and Response’ where painters, sculptors, mixed media and textile artists are reinterpreting tracks from the album. It completes the circle of an album being a whole standalone piece of art that other kinds of artists can be inspired from.

3. Who’s your top ICON and why?

We have 2 really… We’re living in ever more political times. In recent history, musicians and artist generally haven’t engaged that much own politics. Between 1966 and 1970 it was a completely different story. Artists and musicians were the catalysts for change and challenge. They helped stop a war. They helped bring the issues of racism and equality onto the daily news agenda. The recent worrying changes in the global landscape both internationally and domestically where we see attempt to move the clock backwards, now finally seem to have jolted musicians to document, comment and create for a positive change again… and to challenge the current madness in our political times. And that’s as it should be.

So our current ‘Icons’ if we can call them that, may be a little surprising to some but they are inspiring nonetheless.

Bill Hicks – the American Political Comedian who was so far ahead of his time in warning us about what would come and indeed what we are seeing transpiring around us today. He was doing this stuff 30 years ago so he’s an icon. He said “I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.” An original.

Noam Chomsky – the libertarian socialist and Professor Emeritus at MIT. A political philosopher and writer. Everyone should read his 2016 book “Who Rules The World”. He’s an icon because he said “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”  he also said “Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” He’s an ‘original’ too!

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