PRICK AND DING #38 :ATLAS

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

THIS WEEK: ATLAS

Atlas is Sarah Hezen, a French bedroom producer and singer/songwriter, based in London.

I first heard Atlas on Paul Lester’s Amazing Radio show and was instantly smitten with the beautifully gentle @ heartreaching vocals backed by smart leftfield electronica that bleeps,trips & gurgles in all the right places.

My gut tells me Atlas will be breaking out of that bedroom & moving into living rooms over the next year – Your living rooms!!! – and as we all should – always trust the gut.

Atlas

Sarah has only been performing as Atlas for a little over a year now (appearing live @ White Heat at Madame Jojo’s, Secret Garden Party & The Book Club)

She is currently working towards a new live show, alongside Alex Klein on double-bass and DJ and producer Beaton.

This promises to be a treat for ears & eyes with the next date in March at Richard Strange’s Cabaret Futura

Up to this moment I had only listened to the beautiful music of Atlas but I just caught sight of the captivating video of Hunter (below).

It was really great just to listen to Atlas but it makes even more sense with the visuals to accompany the audio.

The slightly eastern flavour of the music is beautifully matched with the mesmerising stage presence of Sarah.

As the name suggests – this feels like a worldwide thing.

Atlas

are Bethan Elfyn‘s Artist of the week on Amazing Radio this week-nice one Bethan.

Why not take a little time to discover Atlas for yourself,there is much promise held within.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
I’m preparing the new live show with Beaton. I’m also making a stage costume, a lot of organza, feathers and other child princess stuff are involved.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
My dad sat on my bed singing me a song on the guitar to wake me up.

3. Hero?
Jean Anouilh’s Antigone

4. Villain?
Patrick Bateman

5. What/who makes you laugh? 
This and This 

6. Describe what you do?
I tell stories, fairy-tale-like, intertwined with my personal experience, fears, awes, what it means to me to be a woman. It is immature, childish, and empowering to me at the same time. I want people to feel something intimate, specific to them when they listen to them.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day? 
Brooke Candy’s. To swing it like a lasso the way she does. But just for one day…

8. Best musical experience to date
Last year at the O2 to see Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird. Totally mashed, he invited the audience to join him on stage. Around 20 people sneaked in. I managed my way up there, and I don’t know how it happened, I eventually ended up with the mike in my hand… Those who hadn’t been on the stage were so angry on Twitter… I had a great time!!!

9. What artist inspires you?
I know it will sound like a lack of inspiration but… Radiohead are just so great right? What I find the most inspiring with them is how they manage to renew their sound all the time. They never go for the obvious, never recycle, always provoke amazement in me.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It means a lot to me. It means someone believing in what I do. Thank you Johnno, from the bottom of my heart!

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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