Many artists playing at The Great Escape don’t enjoy performing to an “industry crowd”, but not Easy Life. Despite having already played Coachella this year on the Sunday of Kanye West’s sacrilegious service; the five boys from Leicester are genuinely full of excitement to be down in Brighton for a couple of days.
Chilling on the pebbled beach and basking in the five minutes of British sunshine, frontman Murray explains “We played The Great Escape last year for the first time. It’s one of our favourite festivals. Although it’s an industry showcase, it doesn’t feel too industry. And it’s in Brighton! It’s a good chance to catch other hot acts as well”.
The acts playing the festival this year don’t come much hotter than Easy Life. A year on from their TGE debut, the band have built a loyal following that continues to grow as they take their music on the road.
Talking about the recent Spaceships Mixtape, Murray describes it as “A futuristic exploration. We wrote and produced it in a month and it was just documenting that time; every song we’ve ever written is very personal”.
Bassist, saxophonist and singer, Sam, adds “The mixtape reflects a time where we were wanting to step away from our previous sound a bit. Our tastes always change significantly. So what we listen to and are inspired by one month will be completely different the next. At the moment we’re inspired by country music. We’re not taking the piss! It came as a bit of a joke after playing SXSW but now we’re rinsing it in the van”.
Easy Life admit that while they didn’t put too much thought into their band name, it suits them perfectly. The boys’ breezy tunes and positive outlook resonates with sold-out crowds worldwide.
Murray explains “The thing with the Easy Life project is that, it’s a hedonistic vision. We just never know what the next thing is going to be; and as long as that’s always the case, then it keeps it really exciting for us“.
Talking about the colourful live show, Murray adds, “We capitalise on certain sounds. So say if there’s a jazzy brass section, we will elongate that section to give it a jazzy, festival vibe. Some of our slower songs we won’t take out to festival crowds – unless it’s raining! Then we might add the slow ones back in” he laughs.
With two new songs, ‘Houseplants’ and ‘Spaghetti Hoops’, dropping this Friday (17th May), life is looking pretty sunny for these boys.
Catch Easy Life at loads of festivals across the US and UK this summer including Governors Ball, Glastonbury, Parklife, Kendal Calling and Barn On The Farm.
Words by Hayley Thompson // @hayleyyt_