(By: Josie Mills)
Toronto new age artpop creator Elliott Vincent Jones recently took a break from a European tour to return home and play an incredible set at Bestival Toronto. Since leaving his Ell V Gore punk-rocker days behind, Jones has embraced softer pop sounds and is full of optimism after finding sobriety with his new EP, ‘Arto Arto.’ Critics and fans alike are paying attention to Jones, with the FADER even calling him “Human League-styled pop straight from Toronto.”
We caught up with Elliott Vincent Jones at Bestival Toronto the day after he released his EP and talked about his influences, album artwork and upcoming shows.
Your new digital EP ‘Arto Arto’ just came out. What has the general reaction to it been like so far?
It’s hard to tell right now. It usually takes a couple days but everything is still brewing. But I feel like the best part has already happened and it’s kind of just building to where it is now. It’s kind of like it’s out and there’s nowhere to go now.
What were the main influences for the album?
The album really captured a time and place for me. I made it all in Europe and to me it’s like a world record, [although] it wouldn’t be to a lot of people. At the time I was listening to a lot of techno but I was also listening to a lot of Brian Eno, Roxy Music and all that. So, it’s kind of a melting pot of my life experiences and what I was listening to at that time.
If someone was discovering you for the very first time, what song would you suggest they listen to first?
Probably “Acapulco.” It’s a pretty good representation of me, but also of my next album. The next one is going to be a little more moody and not as poppy, so I feel like “Acapulco” is like the one that will sound most like my next record.
When can we expect that new record?
Not until next year, but I’m going to be releasing some stuff from it in the fall.
Your album artwork has a very noticeable theme to it. What was the inspiration there?
I like that aesthetic and I wanted it to be more bright and simple. There is this Toronto artist, Aleksander Hardashnakov, who was nice enough to let me use all of it and I couldn’t be happier because he is one of my favourite artists. We did a drawing per track and he also did the album cover.
What is your dream collaboration?
I would love to do a record produced by Brian Eno. That would be the dream. Every record that guy has ever produced is one of my favourite records.
Any artists in particular?
For modern artists, it would be cool to do some with the techno dudes I like right now, like Theo Parrish and Todd Terje.
What’s next after the album next year?
I’m doing a bunch more shows – some in Europe and the United States – and then I’m doing another fall tour.
Thank you, Elliott! Follow Elliott on Twitter @elliottvjones.
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