Having risen to prominence back in 2013 with their triple threat of Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore, PMR is set to return to the centre of the British music scene with a new crop of pop-pushing artists. They already count the likes of SG Lewis and GIRLI as new additions to their roster and their latest addition looks set to prove that three really is the magic number.
Couros has already topped the Hype Machine chart, recorded in the legendary Church Studios and dropped his debut EP Jupiter. His latest single, ‘Never Break‘ featuring label-mate Alyss has been making its way across the web with lightning pace and clocked up over 50,000 plays in the month since its release.
Among the influences for his first release are 2016’s most deserved break-outs, Francis & the Lights and those animated icons the Gorillaz. In his exclusive mood board for Notion, he lets us into the studio to learn more about what drives his creative process.
Couros: I grew up in Dorset on the South Coast. I come down to visit my parents every 1-2 months now I live in London. Its a great place for getting perspective.
Couros: Another picture from home.
Couros: I think this is my favourite music video of the year. I have a lot of respect for Francis. If you watch all his videos you’ll quickly realise that there is a common theme that they all must be one continuous shot. It's an idea he’s had from the very beginning years ago and still carries it through to this day. It's great because it forces a minimal feel and that's exactly what his music gives off - he’s doing a lot with only a little. Watch all his videos to the very end and you will see that his approach can be far more entertaining than the average high budget random video you see from most famous artists. This video especially.
Couros: Inside the studio where I made my EP
Couros: Some of the equipment I used to make my music.
Couros: This is Paul Epworth's piano. A few years ago, I got to work in Church studios in London for a couple of days. Definitely one of the best creative spaces I’ve worked in. Every synth you can imagine is there and plugged in ready to go. There's a drum kit perfectly set up and mics always in place. If you have an idea it's simple; just walk over to that instrument and play it. Not only that but each instrument has great character, like this piano. I'm sure its already been used on a lot of famous songs. All you’d have to do it play it and hear the thing and you will see why it will continue to be for years to come.
Couros: Can't get enough of this behind the scenes studio footage. This is one of my all time favs. You get to see that his approach is fun and experimental. Most people these days treat the studio like a lab - cold and calculated. If you're not jumping up and down with a stupid grin on your face when you’ve come up with a sound that you know you want to put on your record, it can’t be very interesting music can it?
Couros: Can you say a bad thing about Radiohead? I doubt it. Truly amazing album. Hard to believe they made a sound like that over 16 years ago. It could have come out yesterday and it would still be a forward thinking masterpiece.