One of the groups sure to take Hinterland by storm in the next couple of weeks are Phantom. We put our questions about them to their leading lady, Elsie Martins: For those of our readers who have not heard of you, could you explain how you became the band that you are?  I moved to London from Montreal a few years ago, where I worked as a music journalist and music TV presenter. I’ve always been a huge fan of UK music, and wanted to experience the buzz / the bands up close. Getting my own band off the ground was never part of the plan. Someone threw an instrument (guitar) in my hands and I got addicted to playing, was eager to learn. I looked for vocalists to work with but never found anyone quite reliable enough…so decided that I would do the signing myself! I wrote songs and wanted to hear them in a full and context…so I found Jonny (bass) and Lyndsay ( drums /  organ)..the rest is history as they say! What can we expect from you when you take to the stage at Hinterland this year? Our live show is certainly atmospheric. I like to create the right mood around the songs played live -  so we have a live projection I put together of various images collected from archive ( open domain of course!) of films from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. We also have an array of sounds that fill the set in various gaps between the songs to keep the mood going…   AS far as our actual set - we like to experiment with different ways of playing our instruments, so expect to see a guitar played with a chopstick, the bass played with an EBow and the theremin and organ played at the same time as the drums, which is a spectacle in itself!   What kind of crowds do you usually get at your gigs? We’ve been lucky with live gigs so far, our crowds seem to be very attentive. We’ve had audiences watch our performance like the screening of a film, like it was a story unfolding. They seem to really get drawn in! Is there anyone on the Hinterland line up who you’re fans of and who you can recommend? I really like Orphans & Vandals, they’re a London based act as well -  but having seen them play in London I can certainly say that their live set is fantastic.   Also, iLiketrains are always brilliant live – they really draw you in. The Fall are also playing this year. I’m interested by the ongoing debate as to whether they’re actually good or not. What do you think? The Fall are legends! I discovered them during the Kurious Oranj period. They’re were intriguing and still are, they don’t sound like anyone else - and most importantly I don’t think Mark E Smith particularly cares to follow any rules. To me that’s the whole point of rock n’ roll -  I have an utter dislike of “muso” types who cannot see the beauty in the simple charms of “naïve riffs / songs” ( as they would put it) or even appreciate that creating music / and being a performer is really all about being able to pull it off no matter what. Mark E. Smith pulls it off everytime -  it’s undeniable, and I love it! Do you have any good memories from previous festivals that you’ve been to?  I’ve been to a fair share of festivals Do you have any exciting future projects to talk about?   We’re releasing our first single in the autumn. We're also in talks with Canadian / US promoters to tour over there, we have a good fan base in Canada, and am really keen to get the band to play out of London a lot more, in the UK and Europe. A big tour support, an EP, a booking agent and a kick ass manager wouldn't go a miss this year! There are a lot of retro elements to your music; just after listening to you, my iPod switched to ‘1983’ by Jimi Hendrix and I was convinced I was living in the same era. Is it from the past that you draw most influence? I draw from past, present and future really. That the past is present inall the post punk music I listen to.. am a huge fan of Cocteau twins, echo & the Bunnymen, Chameleons, Jesus & Mary Chain, but I also draw from places, people and sounds that are current and all around me. Particularly in ‘We Float’, your songs have harrowing, dramatic themes. What inspires you to create these moods?   I have a vivid imagination and writing songs is the perfect outlet for it. The places I visit, dreams, mistakes, films and people I meet who strike a chord in me, good, bad, whatever…they all end up living in a song somewhere. The songs are like little tales, stories and it’s important to me that the right atmosphere / mood is reflected in each one. Writing is a solitary exercise for me, I isolate myself in a room with guitars /  organ /  piano and my computer and start layering /  building the songs. The dynamics are worked out at rehearsal with Lyndsay and Jonny and to get the right feel for the song I sometimes give them a picture /  explain the setting for them to understand what’s needed musically to replicate it. We play around with “sounds” textures a rehearsal until it feels right for the track.  What does it mean to you to be playing at a festival like Hinterland?   It’s the first instalment of Hinterland so we feel privileged to be a part of it. We're very excited to be coming to Glasgow, as we've never been and we'll be treading in the footsteps of some of our heroes, like Mogwai, The Jesus & Mary Chain.  Don't miss Phantom's appearance at the upcoming Hinterland Festival (30th April - 1st March) Link: www.myspace.com/thisisphantomuk