- 04 May 22
Big Sleep boast a thrillingly eclectic sound, as exemplified by their cracking debut single ‘Tutti Frutti’. The breakout band is a collaboration between Dubliner Rónán Connolly and Florence born Matteo Poli. Photos: Ilaria Sponda.
Why did you choose ‘Tutti Frutti’ as your debut single?
Because we loved the energy and the soundscapes that we were able to capture in the track. It was definitely the most fun to record when we were in the live room at Hellfire Studios, and also it’s the best craic to perform live for us at the moment. It just had a feel to it that made it stand out.
Why ‘Big Sleep’ as a band name?
We didn’t have the Raymond Chandler novel in mind when the name came up! We see the name as a light-hearted perspective on the inevitability of, well, death. It might sound fairly morose, but it’s actually something that drives us to constantly create music and perform every chance we get, because it’s what we love and want to do for the rest of our lives.
How would you describe your debut EP, Feel Something Someday?
It’s a collection of songs that blends experiences, sounds and states of mind that have surrounded our lives for the last three years. It’s a body of work that don’t stick to a single style or concept, but they all still flow nicely. Making the EP was the most challenging and rewarding thing we’ve done together.
What makes Big Sleep stand out from the indie crowd?
We’re not settling on one particular style or sound. We like to keep it interesting for ourselves and go down the rabbit hole of ideas, and not get caught up on whether one song contrasts in style too much from the other. Our main focus is to make music that we believe in, with authenticity. Big Sleep love everything from R&B, classic and indie to pop and soul.
What artists made you want to create tracks of your own?
As kids we loved bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and Nirvana. For me (Ró) it was a band called The Districts from Pennsylvania in the US. I listened to them non-stop throughout the latter half of my teens and they inspired me to start writing my own stuff.
Listen to 'Tutti Frutti' below.