- Words Isabelle Cassidy
House of EL on always thinking outside the box and never having watched Harry Potter for Fresh Face.
Welcome to Fresh Face, a quick-fire interview series spotlighting the best rising talents in today’s youthful music scene. From biggest pet peeves to party tricks and death row meals, we’re stripping things back from the formal Q&A format. Think of it like speed dating, but with some of the freshest music makers worth discovering.
Kieron McIntosh, better known as House of EL, is a Northampton-based artist ready for big things. His second single “Push On” was released in December 2021 in the lead up to his highly anticipated mixtape ‘Book of EL’, out this January.
Originally a jazz trumpeter, House of EL’s skills are multi-faceted. After furthering his musicality by getting into producing and songwriting, McIntosh quickly established his credibility working with artists such as Plan B, Paloma Faith and Chase and Status before emerging with his own original material.
Showing no signs of slowing after consistent solo releases since 2018, his latest single “Push On” oozes optimism and tenacity. The track sees House of EL share a tale of perseverance, backed by a smooth drum groove, anthemic trumpets and a jazzy guitar lick. He has discussed the origins of the track, and the inspiration of his grandparents who immigrated to the UK: “Black people are the most resilient people on earth!… we have had to be, seeing what my grandparents and great grandparents went through as immigrants to the UK, seeing what Black women still go through to this day across the world not to mention across the world inspired me to write this song.” Aiming as ever to uplift his listeners, the engagement with social issues is presented in an infectious and catchy package, building further anticipation for the January release.
Notion asked House of EL the questions we all really wanted to know, from his love of chess to his party trick and more.
How can an artist stay original nowadays?
Three things that inspire you outside of music?
What are you currently obsessed with?
What’s your party trick?
Finish this sentence. I feel happiest when…
Are we alone in the universe?
Which celebrity would you love to be friends with?
Wildest thing that’s happened to you lately?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Biggest goal for 2022?
Never have I ever…