Currently in 2022 Pale Cousin is attempting with each release to explore as many genres as possible to ensure each single is very different from the previous one. “I don’t adhere to any specific genre… I colour outside of the lines!” says Pale Cousin
Pale Cousin had alot to say about himself and his music journey in a recent interview with Mister Styx of musicarenagh
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What is your stage name:- Telvis
Is there a story behind your stage name?
It’s a play on words, my real name is Terry which is shortened to Tel (in south east England) and a good friend of mine once created a cartoon of Elvis Presley but exchanged my face on it instead, thus Telvis was born!
Where do you find inspiration?
Random things down the back of the sofa
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
As a child top 40 radio was on in the house regularly but none of it interested me in the slightest until I found an Elvis Presley album at home and became obsessed with “Blue Suede SHoes” for years before I realised there isn’t just 2 types of music (i.e. Pop or Elvis)
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
No, not really.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Nobody, I became a musician because I simply must make music or I become very unhappy.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I took trumpet lessons for 3 years from the age of 7 but quickly grew to hate the way I was being taught and the type of music I had to play so I didn’t play music again until I was 17 when I got a guitar. Since then I have taught myself Guitar, Bass, Drums, Sax, Piano & various percussion instruments in my own way – it might not be “The Correct” way but it works for me.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
When I turned 18 I went to London on consecutive weekends to see Black Sabbath & Hawkwind, not sure which one came first.
How could you describe your music?
In one word, eclectic. I think all genres have good & bad examples so I play all sorts – Rock, Jazz, Punk, Folk, Psychedelia, Reggae etc
Describe your creative process.
It varies tune to tune. For years I always started with guitar but as I’ve learnt more instruments and recording techniques it can mean I start with whatever instrument is closest at hand.
What is your main inspiration?
It varies but I think music I really dislike inspires me more than anything. If I hear a typically crap pop song I feel someone has to create an antidote to negate it, and so I might as well try to do it myself.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart). He wasn’t trained to play anything, he couldn’t read music but wrote and played on instinct, he probably couldn’t have copied anyone else even if he tried which made his music totally unique.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes, I started with figuring out how to play rock, folk & blues but once I’d taught myself something the mystery of it all goes for me so I start to look elsewhere. I’m into a lot of jazz these days because it’s still not in my grasp properly… yet! After that, who knows?
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t have any competitors. Music is an art form not a sport!
What are your interests outside of music?
Comedy & boxing (watching only these days!)
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Something creative, script writing, acting, painting etc
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I hate my voice, I’m usually pleased with my musical output but feel my voice often is the weakest link.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I’d love it if it was a level playing field and not just who has the most money for marketing. The vast majority of people never hear any music except commercial pop and I find that so sad… they don’t know what they’re missing!
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’ll be releasing one or two more singles this year then I’ll record and release an EP or album next year… watch this space! 🙂
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
I recently collaborated remotely on a track which hasn’t been released yet and was pleased with the results so I hope to collaborate more in the future. I will be guesting (on trumpet) with harp player towards the end of the year but as of yet the details are secret 😉
What message would you like to give to your fans?