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Peter Mercer

Sounds likeJames Bay, The 1975, Raleigh Ritchie
LocationLondon

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London-based artist Peter Mercer burst onto the local music scene aged 16 after writing and recording his first song at home in his bedroom. Since then, he has been constantly writing and recording new material, developing a unique sound and identity to his music.

His debut EP, "HOUSTON" was released to an overwhelmingly positive reaction, and since then has been working on a new EP, with a new sound that blends synths, guitars and slick production effortlessly.

2018 is going to be a big year for Peter with a brand new EP in the works. Having just heard a demo of his new single, a very different song to his previous work, the future looks bright.

I sat down with Peter to discuss what he's up to, who he listens to and what to expect from the future:

LJ: Tell us a bit about yourself?

PM : I'm a 19 year old singer/songwriter and producer from London

LJ: There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

PM: The artists that inspire me come from such a wide ranging mix of genres and eras. I like to take inspiration from everywhere, from James Bay to The 1975 to Post Malone and everything in between. I try and combine my favourite elements from every genre I listen to into my own sound.

LJ: What’s your back-story?

PM: I try to write from experiences, both my own experiences and those of the people I'm closest to. I also try and write in a way which will evoke a different emotion for every listener, I think that's really important.

LJ: What's your writing/production style?

PM: I quite like to have full control over everything. I like to work alone off a laptop and try and focus about how sounds fit together to form a final mix. I think the small details are everything and love to create different layers and textures in a song, it's completely different to how I used to write, but something I've learnt to do by observing the creative process of others.

LJ: Who inspires the process?

PM: I'm definitely influenced heavily the way which Matt Healy and George Daniels produce and write for The 1975. For me, it's all about creating live sounding music using electronic production techniques, focussing on how loops and synths can fit in with live guitars and drums. Hearing those two discussing it in interviews was really interesting and I thought I'd give it a go. I haven't looked back since, it's very precise, obsessive and time consuming but it works and is very rewarding.

LJ: What are you working on at the moment?

PM: I'm currently writing and recording the best music I've ever made - I have completely changed my creative process and am really excited with what's come from doing so - the EP is very different to anything I've done before and I genuinely cannot wait to get it out there!

LJ: What can people expect from your live shows?

PM : I currently play a solo show using samples, loops and guitars, I'd love to play with a live band in the future.

LJ: What's been your favourite show to date?

PM: Festivals are always fun, I enjoy the challenge of having to win over audiences, but my first major London headline show was really really special - The Bedford in Balham is such an iconic venue and the crowd were amazing.

LJ: We now have some quick fire questions about your music tastes

PM: Go for it

LJ : What's the first song you remember hearing?
PM : Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac, my Dad used to play it in the car all the time.

LJ : You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
PM : You Need Me, I Don't Need You

LJ : What was the first gig you went to?
PM : McFly on their Radio:Active tour.

LJ : Which song do you wish you'd written?
PM : Robbers by The 1975, in fact pretty much any song written by Matt Healy.
LJ : You mention them a lot, they're clearly very important to you
PM : Yeah they're definitely my favourite band, everything they produce is awesome.

LJ : Which song would you like played at your funeral?
PM :This is so hard, maybe I Found by Amber Run.

LJ: What song is stuck in your head right now?
PM: Loving is Easy by Rex Orange Country, but to be fair I must have listened to it about five times today. I've been working on an alternative edit of Swim for Fickle Friends and that's been in my head a lot too, the hook is so catchy.

LJ: What was the first Album you bought?
PM: Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac, which is definitely one of the best albums of all time in my opinion.

LJ: Which song made you want to play music?
PM: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. It was the first song I could properly play on guitar and encouraged me to carry on learning.

LJ: Thanks for speaking with us!
PM: Thanks for featuring me, the support is amazing.

Peter will be releasing the first single of his new EP in June, with the whole EP set to be released during the summer. Full details can be found on his social media and at petermercermusic.com.

Laura Jackson
NME

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