UK’s own Percival Elliott is bound to captivate listeners worldwide with their poignant storytelling, old world laced music about the trials and tribulations of life. The Alternative rock duo recently discussed with us the idea behind their latest vintage inspired rock single and accompanying music video for “Betty” and gaining insight on what shaped their musical journey.

SR: What is the story of Percival Elliott?
PE: Good old Percival (Percy) Elliott was Olly’s great grandfather and he was a legend in his own right. Percy owned a sweet factory from
1900-1920 and would travel across the country with his horse and cart selling sweets, toys and coffee beans. He loved old clocks and musical
instruments. He would go missing for days, family folk law suggests he was a believer in time travel. That’s what Olly’s grandma recalls.
In the 1920’s he moved to the south of the UK to set up one of the first ice cream emporiums in Brighton UK, in Weston Road.

SR: How would you describe your music style?
PE: A strong cocktail blend of folk, rock and apple juice.

SR: Describe your songwriting and producing process.
PE: Percival handed down a secret algorithm for song sculpting which when combined with Percy’s wonder tonic, then applied to two parts ginger ale, creates the most remarkable tonal sensations. The results are then analysed and etched in wax.

SR: What inspired the song, “Betty”? What was filming of the music video like?
PE: Betty is inspired by the little dark voice that lives in our souls. The voice that makes us doubt who we are and why we do what we do. We all put on a front to survive and even the most successful people fall down every now and again. I suppose our character Betty is the last one standing when everyone else left the party. Video wise it was great to work with the excellent Mark Hamilton again and equally nice for us to step out of the rowboat and straight onto a film set where we got to turn up to 11 and thrash out some dance moves and guitar stances. The hotel sequences where shot in the extremely cool Pelirocco Hotel Brighton. That place oozes with charm, quirkiness and character. I hear on the grapevine that some extremely famous people have stayed there. The Betty scenes were shot in the extremely fitting ‘Bettie Page’ room which was perfect for our Betty (Martynna) to jump around, drink champagne and to have a dip in the tub.

SR: What is the most challenging thing about being an artist?
PE: The hardest thing is the moment just before stepping on stage. It’s like staring down the throat of a lion or down the face of a cliff. You can never predict an audience and how they will receive your music. It’s all rather exciting.

SR: What artists have been your biggest influence or inspiration?
PE: Father John Misty, The Beatles, Anathema. We are both fans of ‘real music’ musical melodies that capture the soul, lyrics that can
inspire or question your beliefs and all out ROCK n’ ROLL!

SR: What advice would you give anyone who aspires to be an artist?
PE: Happiness is greater than wealth.

SR: What is next for you?
PE: More singles, more shows… More, More, More of it and possibly a little extra on top of that.

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