T.E. Yates is an artist who continues to buck the trend. He also does it with a flair and charisma that allows him the luxury of turning that very bucking into a positive reinforcement for true originality and creativity that shines throughout his latest album ‘Silver Coins & White Feathers‘.
In this interview, we get an idea of his unique ideas in songwriting and how he interprets his music in today’s musical landscape. This is an uplifting lesson in how to accomplish on your own terms.
‘Silver Coins and White Feathers’ is out now (buy links below).
About T.E. Yates
Most musicians boast of exploding onto their local scene in a glittering blaze of media hype and spontaneous applause. The unassuming, unusual and enigmatic T.E. Yates, however, snuck in through an open window.
His name was not on the top line of event posters but rather a discreet artist signature in the bottom corner; his first gig flyers and album covers were ones he designed for other bands, not himself. He’s performed in front of huge crowds but always as a hired hand or supporting player, a multi-instrumentalist in the shadows – mandolin, banjo, harmonica, even musical saw – you may have heard him on the tracks of other artists without even knowing it. But now T.E. Yates has stepped out of the shadows, taking center-stage with a formidable backing band (both onstage and on record) comprising members of Victorian Dad, The Bedlam Six, Ottersgear, Gorilla Riot, and Honeyfeet.
@BigJeffJohns @theklabristol @stelladonnelly @Ho99o9 @OGMxtheWorld So glad that you’re on the road to recovery Jeff - and that you’re back out and about. One step at a time - but so happy with the progress you’re making. Plenty of folks in Bristol will be delighted to see you at gigs again. Sending lots of love ❤️
Last month from T.E. Yates's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
Our family are asking for donations to @whenyouwishUK and @DiabetesUK via @JustGiving - as these are both charities close to Eddie's heart. The two pages are here:
Last month from T.E. Yates's Twitter via Twitter Web App
Throughout his life, he smiled and laughed a lot - Eddie would always greet you with a big, warm smile and immediately proceed to say something hilarious. He was a warm, funny and bright guy who had a positive impact on all who knew him.
Eddie was a person that I always really looked forward to seeing - and someone I'd spent significant times of my life with, from childhood onwards.
Last week, we had a Bon Voyage to celebrate the life of my cousin, Eddie Yates. In the days beforehand, I did this pencil drawing of Eddie (charcoal and graphite on A3 paper). pic.twitter.com/IPbzmDSB3o
Even when performing solo the man doesn’t travel light, his weird and wonderful drawings regularly making an appearance between songs, baffling and delighting audiences in equal measures.
His debut album “Silver Coins And White Feathers” is by turns moving, catchy and ambitious, brimming with influences from all across the genre spectrum, the subject matter ranging from astronomy to the Suffrage movement – a real treat for music lovers of all persuasions.