Manchester-based guitar-pop band Posh Chocolates is a three-piece cultivated by front-man and producer Christian Ellery from an unassuming Spinningfields apartment with a view of the city.
Developed during an isolated delve back to his roots during the summer of 2019 after many years working as a session musician and producer across the UK, the concept of Posh Chocolates’ new age guitar-driven synth-pop, disclosing a contrasting dark undercurrent, was conjured. Fluctuating personality mixed with an obsession for juxtaposition keeps every track unique, with the guarantee of a statement.
See our interview with the band below:
What are the four words you would use to describe your music?
Gets, The, People, Going.
How does a song come together for you? What is the songwriting process?
A cliché, but clichés exist for a reason. Most of my music, although with a strong undercurrent of straight-up pop, come with an undertone of melancholy. My process is one born of a feeling, or emotion that pushes me to comment on that particular moment. It is one of the only ways in which I can express myself, something which I have always struggled with, unless via means of making music. From there it takes a hell of a lot of focus and attention, one of the few things I can thank ADHD for until the song comes to fruition.
What was the first album/CD you ever bought?
White Stripes – Icky Thump
What album do you know every word to?
System Of A Down – Toxicity
Share some advice for other bands/artists creating original music?
Stick with it, and so long as it comes from something organic, you’ll see it through to the end. You can always compare to other artists. something is so easily done in this, the age of social media. However, no one can ever recreate something that’s truly real, something that is born of your own ideas. People say ‘everything’s been done before on some level’ but I don’t believe that’s true. So long as it is generated from a feeling or moment in your life, no one can ever see that from exactly your perspective, and so will never be able to portray that in the same way you can. Go with your gut. Follow instinct. The only moment is now.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
One of our friends whilst witnessing the gig felt so moved by one of the tracks, he then boarded the train back home due to his overwhelming emotional response and surpassed the rest of the show. To be able to convey that kind of emotion in our music is for me, one of the most poignant and memorable responses I’ve ever had. And one of the reasons I do what I do.
If you could create your own radio show, what kind of music would you feature and why?
It would have to be anything stargazing. Funk, 80’s, disco. Big fluorescent sunglasses, OTT seductive voice-overs and corny catchphrases. Regardless of my integrity with my own music… I believe in panache showmanship and grabbing the consumers attention.
Tell us about your upcoming releases?
We have a single coming up in the middle of February titled ‘GAUDY’. We feel like this may be the most appropriating track to what we stand for so far. Its both relatable and topical, taking a socio-economic standpoint, with strong a narrative of social commentary on how the world is today in popular culture.
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