COUNT COUNSELLOR


COUNT COUNSELLOR

COUNT COUNSELLOR

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Fusing a perfect mixture of pop, dance music and serene, blissed out moments, Henry Counsell, better known as Count Counsellor, pinpoints his wide range of inspirations to the cultural “melting pot” in which he grew up. Sneaking into his brother’s DJ sets when he was younger, his exposure to the sounds of Burial, Fela Kuti, The Streets, Paul Simon and Sade continue to make an imprint on his compositions today; “There is no doubt that you are hugely influenced by the people you listen to. So listening to those artists have hugely influenced how I play and write, whether it is clear in the music or not.”

Moving from Adelaide to London at a young age, Count Counsellor also attributes his unique sound to his cultural surroundings; “Being in London you are inspired everyday by the hot pot of of the city and the flavours it brings to your life, which then obviously is reflected in the music we create.” This eclectic sound is realised in its purest form on Counsell’s newest single ‘Friends’. A subtle departure from some of the more washed out dance sounds of his previous ‘& The Childhood Friends’ EP, ‘Friends’ deals with the subject of a broken down relationship via the sound of sheer jubilation. Using his vocals as more of a centrepiece than ever before, the track doesn’t stray far from his electronic roots, using synths to avert the tone away from the song’s negative lyrical matter. This sense of context is something that’s important to Count Counsellor; “The thing that hooked me the most on music is how every time you hear a song it changes, music can feel completely different in all different context.”

In the 18 months since his last EP, Count Counsellor has spent his time realigning his musical chakras, writing and collaborating with artists such as MEI, Them Blends and Jelani Blackman - as well as producing the ecstatic pop-club crossover ‘Dancery’ with common comrade FRED. This time away as well as the influence of close collaborators has reinvigorated his vision for the project; “As always, space gives you a lot of time to think and understand what you are trying to do, and I think with every Count project I am trying to make more people happy - or at least feel something - so me being happy is definitely going to influence that. Also working with a whole bunch of people influences you on a daily basis, so I hope that the friendship and people in my life will come across on the record.”

The name Count Counsellor relates to Counsell’s intention to create escapism for his listeners; “It also kind of relates to what we do with our music - trying to counsel people and make people feel good, even if only for a brief period in their day, our job is to make people feel something.” Whether on record or live, Count Counsellor’s ultimate goal is always the same - “to make people feel something”: “If I can make people feel better than they did before hearing this music then I have succeeded. If I make someone who is shy dance like crazy at our shows ‘cause I'm flinging my limbs about and the band is bringing straight fire then we have succeeded.” If that doesn’t work, the reason why he creates is a lot more simple; “If nothing else, a smile would be great.”

FRIENDS (QTR006)

& THE CHILDHOOD HEROES (QTEP001)

AKIDOUTTHERE BEAT SPACEK REMIX (QTEP001-BS)

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