Seven Questions In Heaven With Tilapia

Today, we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Tilapia's Ed Allen.

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Our music is a little cheeky. We want to write music that packs a punch but also has a lighthearted melody running over it that we all like singing. We want each song to have its own little personality.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
My influences are Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal, Lou Reed, Dan Bejar from Destroyer, and The Beach Boys amongst others. I like a band to have something interesting in their lyrics, especially comical stuff like Yoni Wolf or Dan Bejar. Jens Lekman and the Magnetic Fields are really great for that as well. When those kind of bands make pop music it's just so engaging.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Not too sure. Either Britney Spears Oops!... I Did It Again or Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical mixtape.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
I was in a band called We Found The Fox years ago with some of the fellas from Bloody Knees. We did a gig in Grantham in a weird hall and then we got threatened with a baseball bat in the car park. Either that or at a house party with a swimming pool with the Mavericks Of Love (also one of my favorite gigs).

What's the first thing you look for when you hit a new town?
Kind people and Reptiles.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
The Sausage Cacao Schnitzel. Because i love sausages, cacao and my mum's German.

Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Velvet Underground, Destroyer, The Golden Boys, The Beach Boys, and Of Montreal. (I'd also add some friends to Tilapia.) We'd do "Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood." Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It's our anthem for euphoria.

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