The mysterious Blaze of Feather had been a source of speculation over the past few months, cropping up on UK festival posters alongside established acts, despite, at the time, having no music to their name.

Eventually revealed as the new project of artist Mickey Smith, the long-standing guitarist and friend of Ben Howard, the project is a sprawling collection of moving, atmospheric instrumentation and contemplative vocals that they’ve showcased over their first EP, the straightforward titled EP 1. The project also involves India Bourne, Nat Wason, Rich Thomas, and former Hiss Golden Messenger drummer Kyle Keegan.

Set to make their London debut at Citadel this weekend, we tracked down the elusive Mickey to find a little more about the person behind the band.

Three words to describe our music…
Honest, strange, alive

Favourite ever film…
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

The most famous person I’ve met…
Roald Dahl

The best venue we’ve played…
Red Rocks

The strangest job I’ve ever had…
I’ve had a few. Digging drains to American houses in 40 degree heat with a crew of ice addicts is up there.

My favourite meal to cook…
Soup

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
A tribute to The Band

My favourite word….
Hellston

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be….
To open closed minds

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Chyenhal [in Cornwall]

I think you should listen to…
Hiss Golden Messenger

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Dylan and The Band.

A Blaze of a Feather plays Citadel Festival, 16th July.