Artist Interview: The Chosen Spirit
Tell us about yourself and your music
The Chosen Spirit is a musical adventure. We are Pete Leah, singer/songwriter and guitarist, Anna Perry,pianist par excellence , Ben Jennings (musical maestro) and vocal contributions from Louis Muntoni sounding like Blind Willie Johnson! The combination of good old fashioned songwriting mixed with some classical leaning, experimentation , psychedelia and a desire to challenge ourselves results in what is now an interesting and eclectic body of work encompassing elements of blues, classical, jazz , electronica and good old-fashioned jamming.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Taster sessions Vol 5, released in February 2017, will be the latest edition to the Taster Sessions series. Using studio recordings with minimal overdubs, live jams,electronic music production, improvisation and the desire to collaborate with new people has led to Volume 5 coming in at 80 minutes of original material showcasing our musician ship and the eclectic nature of the music we enjoyed listening to and indeed enjoyed making.
What inspired you to write this release?
The unquenchable thirst to make and write good music, the joy of jamming, the pleasure that comes from bouncing ideas off other people and just the satisfaction in knowing that the music we make is something to be proud of and needs to be heard.
Any plans to release a video?
“Heads Up” is our latest single and does have a video to accompany it…please feast in its visual splendour!
Any plans to hit the road?
We are currently just studio based but will be playing local festivals in the summer, so if you happen to be in the Midlands in the UK, look out for us!
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As totally independent artists, branding isn’t really an issue. We really make music because we want to play music, it’s that simple. We make music that should appeal to a broad spectrum, but primarily we make it for ourselves.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Tell us about your passions
Work, love & football…
What else is happening next in your world?
Studio in town to help promote/ local festivals to support and play at…our own business venture and activity centre to put together…plus copious amounts of well considered gardening!
Thanks for an awesome interview, PETER!