We chatted to MCLEISH & SPENCER about their debut single I REMEMBER

Out now across all streaming platforms, this duo have stormed onto the scene. We spoke to them about all things music

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves? Where are you guys from and how did you meet?

So we’re made up of Matt Spencer who plays lead guitar and me, Ewan McLeish and I’m on lead vocals and play guitar. We met through Matt’s older brother Luke who happens to be my best friend, and one day on a kayaking trip we decided to have a jam to see where it took us. We ended up writing songs in the summer of 2020 albeit remote from each other due to the pandemic, by sending riffs and ideas online and building a song until it was completed. I remember the first time we met in person after lockdown we played one of our songs in full that we’d written separately from each other, and it was quite a bizarre feeling. We are based in Chichester and London.

If you had to use three words to sum the other up, what would you say?

Ewan about Matt: Decisive, driven, and a great tour guide when in Camden.

Matt about Ewan: Handsome, Furry, Melody-maker

You recently released your debut single I Remember. Where did the inspiration come from for this track?

‘I Remember’ is a song about someone’s constant endeavour to reach a sense of
self-acceptance. This notion was channeled into an acoustic demo which later had 90s alt rock elements added to it.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Yes, we are planning on releasing our second single in early July so stay tuned… We are really excited for the next release too as it’s still in our style, but also offers a slightly different flavour to the one you get with ‘I Remember’.

Who produced this? How was it, working with them, especially during a pandemic?

‘I Remember’ was produced by Neil Elliott at Old Blacksmiths Studios in Portsmouth. It was great to experience building a relationship with a producer for the first time (and first time in the studio), as this is really important to make a studio session successful. We had to push the date for our recording session back a little because of restrictions, but we feel really lucky to have got in and recorded not too long after as we were desperate to get some songs down. What was also lucky was that I (Ewan) was allowed to take my mask off for tracking vocals, otherwise the end product would’ve sounded a little muffled…

What is one positive you guys have taken away from the pandemic?

That it is still possible for us to write and develop songs, even if we are remote from each other. I believe it gave us an extra drive to push even harder to make the most of the time we had and be ready for when we could eventually record or play live.

Are there any plans to start playing live shows, when they are allowed?

Yes, we are hoping to play some shows at a local venue called ‘La Havana’. Moreover, we are going to push to get in some local festival slots.

What is next for you guys?

We are going to keep writing and releasing songs over the summer. Ewan will be moving to London in September so the big city awaits us….

Where can we find out more about you?

We are most active on Instagram: @mcleishandspencer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McLeishandSpencer
Twitter: @mcleishspencer_

I’d like to thank the guys for taking the time to answer our questions and I wish them the best of luck for the future.

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