Interview: Miccoli

miccoli interviewBelwood favourites Miccoli have been having a whirlwind 2019 thus far. The Birmingham based trio of siblings first won us over with the glowing melodies and infectious hooks of their debut EP 1/2 back in 2017. This year has already seen them release a full album and share the stage at packed out arenas up and down the country. It’s such a joy seeing them on the up and up, so we grabbed a moment out of their busy schedule for a quick catch up.

You’ve just released your debut album Arrhythmia, are you happy with how it turned out and with the reaction it’s been getting?
We are very happy with how it has turned out. The reaction has been great; people seem to be really responding to the mixture of tracks on there, with all the tracks receiving a lot of love.

It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that we covered your first single and now you have a full album out. Are these songs that you’ve been working on for a while, or did inspiration just strike and it all came together very quickly?
The album has been a real labour of love for many years. It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears with re-recording, re-writing and re-producing tracks, for the album to form a cohesive, seamless body of work. We wanted to create an album full of great songs, great melodies, unique production and great lyrical content.

I understand you recorded the album in Malaysia? What made you decide to make the record there and do you think the unique setting had any influence on the sound?
We had the opportunity to begin the recording of the album there; we love that part of the world and the pace of life is completely different. It really helped in the creative process, enabling us to disconnect and really get down to creating something unique.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
We were raised on our parent’s diverse vinyl collection so everything from the Moody Blues to Nina Simone has had an impact on us, however the major influences being Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel. The song writing, the melodies and the harmonies really resonated with us, leaving a lasting impression.

You seem to have an amazing track record when it comes to music videos. ‘Idle Stranger’ picked up all sorts of awards and your new video for ‘Ledge’ is hot on its tails. What is it about your approach to music videos that you think connects with people?
Like our music we use videography as a form of expression. As we have written the songs we have a strong idea of what we want to convey in the video and how to express this. I think if it comes from an emotional place people naturally find something to latch on to and connect with.

Of course, awards aren’t the only big news, you’ve recently been supporting Boyzone on their farewell tour. How did that incredible opportunity come about?
We wish we had more of an exciting story to tell here, but it was arranged via our management company, the guys listened to our EP and the rest is history…

What’s been your favourite part of the whole experience?
Getting to tour with a great group of people and performing in some of the biggest arenas in the UK like the Hydro, the O2, the Manchester Arena and of course our home gig at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, which was emotional not only being our home show but two of us used to work there!

Your 2019 seems to be off to one hell of a start! What are you hoping the rest of the year has in store for you?
We can’t say too much at the moment but have lots of things in the pipeline! We will be performing at the Manchester film festival at the beginning of March as our video “Ledge” is part of the official selection for the festival. We will also be filming a video for our next release from the album for a track called “Angel & Demons.”

Massive thanks to Miccoli for their time. Their debut album Arrhythmia is out now!