Photo: Hattie Ellis
When did you move to Bristol?
I was born here but grew up down the road in tropical Weston-super-Mare. I spent some time in London and abroad before moving back to Bristol about four years ago.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
My good friend Harry Wright (fka Gary Wrong) is one of the most talented guys I’ve met. He releases music as Mun Sing, is one half of Giant Swan and one quarter of The Naturals. And he puts on a night called Illegal Data. He’s super-prolific and doesn’t sleep. Other personal faves include but not limited to: Henry Green, Fenne Lily, Pet Shimmers / Oliver Wilde, Cousin Kula, Saaaz, Harvey Causon, and Chaouche.
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
We’re pretty blessed for food options in this city. I’m a big fan of a lot of the places around Gloucester Road. Eat-a-Pitta, Ramen Ya and Suncraft are three of my ‘go-tos’. If I’m feeling flush or looking to impress, Bosco, Jamaica Street Stores and Poco are great spots. If I was showing someone around Bristol, I’d probably take them to one of The Apple (or one of the old pubs on King Street), The Gallimaufry or The Portcullis.
Special mention to Zapiekanki – RIP. Bristol hasn’t been the same since your delicious Polish open sandwiches ceased to be sold.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
Usually for me, a perfect day means a successful day working on music. There’s no feeling quite like making a breakthrough on a track. I think it’s probably relatable to any endeavour: progress is satisfying. So maybe I finish a song in the morning and I’m feeling accomplished. Good company on a long walk, or a ride on that bike I’m gonna buy, through one of the many picturesque parts of town. Maybe even Ashton Court or visiting the cows in Leigh Woods. If it can be topped off by a cider or a glass of wine in the sun – all good.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
It’s hard to pinpoint one thing, but I love this city. The culture. The crippling sense of chill. Its proximity to Weston. There’s a lot going on if you want to get out and do stuff, but it’s also easy to find a quiet spot, either in the city or in the countryside around it. I love the architecture and the fact that you’re never far from a row of different-coloured terraced houses. I know lots of people hate on the hills but they do give us real nice views, and interesting buildings built into them.
And your least favourite?
Homelessness – which seems to be getting worse. It’s really sad to see.
Any top venues?
Ah there’s a bunch of good ones. I’ve been going to The Crofters since it was The Croft and it’s probably one of my favourites. The Louisiana and Thekla are up there too.
Can you you tell us a little about your new album?
I’m pretty proud of Little Death Summer. It’s a collection of songs born in summer which were moulded by what I was learning in terms of production along the way. It’s inspired by that late-evening feeling when it’s still warm outside. I have more energy when the weather is good and I think that energy made its way into the songs – although it’s a pretty chill album, a hazy reflection of summers past and future.
Tamu Massif’s debut album, Little Death Summer, is out now. He plays Rough Trade in his first Bristol show with the new line-up on 7th June.
See the video for ‘Senses’ here: