Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Bombay Bicycle Club have gone on hiatus. And while many would find it perfectly excusable for the members to take a bit of R&R, Bombay bassist Ed Nash has decided he can sleep when he's dead. He has started a solo project called Toothless and has already released a new single with its B-side.

With Ed's new project in full swing, I got in touch with him via email to see what how music has shaped him and the directions it is taking him in. So while you read up on that, enjoy the new single, 'Kairos'. There's also the new music video for his first single, 'Terra' which deserves your undivided attention.

When interviewing artists there are always pleasant surprises. Like, I learned that Kate Nash is in fact not related to Ed Nash. Imagine my surprise when I learned the internet can lie. Maybe you'll learn something equally as surprising when you read below.

What are some of your earliest memories of music? What was being played around the house when you were growing up?

My Mum took me to see classical concerts at the Royal Festival Hall once a month, which at the time I wasn't into. In hindsight, it taught me a huge amount about music. I also played saxophone for a few years before I started playing guitar but never got anywhere with it... I think my sax teacher was delighted when I quit.

What music did you gravitate towards when you started choosing your own music to listen to?

Choosing my own music to listen to coincided with me starting to learn the guitar, so everything was guitar orientated... sometimes painfully so. I listened to a lot of Randy Rhoads-era Ozzy Osbourne and Guns n Roses, and spent most of my evenings learning the guitar solos note for note. When I was about 14, I discovered bands like Modest Mouse and was all of a sudden incredibly embarrassed about my previous taste in music.

Does that music still have an influence on you today? Are there any current bands that particularly inspire you?

Of course! Listening to music for me went hand in hand with playing it; I wouldn't be where I am today without those bands. I think Everything Everything are one of the best bands around at the moment. They are making pop music that is unbelievably intelligent both musically and conceptually; something I can only dream of doing.

When did you first start playing/ writing music? Was there any "ah-ha" moment you had and realized this is what you wanted to do?

I started playing guitar when I was about 12 and started playing in bands and writing songs not too long after that. I always tried to be realistic about doing music for the long term as I have seen how quickly it can go away, even for the most successful people. Whilst playing in Bombay I thought it might not be forever. It was probably only halfway through last year when I had committed to this project that I decided that I wanted to make music for the rest of my life.

Most famously, you're known for your work in Bombay Bicycle Club. How did playing in that band shape your approach to writing music?

I played in Bombay since I was 15... I learnt everything from writing to recording to performing while in the band - whether that be from my bandmates directly or from the people we worked with over the years. I also learnt a great deal outside of music too! It's very hard for me to remove myself and think about what parts I took from just the band.

How did your solo project Toothless come about? Is this something that has been in the works for some time?

I've been making music by myself for years but never really showed it to anyone. When we stopped touring the last Bombay album at the end of 2014, I started thinking about putting out some music on the side. When we decided to take a longer break from the band, I really thought about doing it full-time for the first time... it was do that or go and work in a cafe.

The composition in 'Terra' is a bit of a departure from what people are used to with BBC (which is to be expected). Were there other musical influences you found that helped shape this sound? Maybe ones that you weren't expecting?

I think not being able to use recording software in the "correct" way contributed a lot to writing 'Terra'. I would chop up parts or record tracks in the way I had taught myself to and create sounds that I hadn't intended on making that were far more interesting.

'Terra' was also self-produced. Have you produced full tracks before?

I actually co-produced 'Terra' with Jack. The song was written and recorded in my front room then taken to his studio where we re-recorded the vocals and made it sound like it wasn't recorded in a living room! I did do all the production on 'Terra''s B-side and I've just done all the production on the B-sides for the next single.

What band or musician do you think people would be surprised has had an influence on you? What is it about them that resonates with you?

I've been listening to a lot of Darkthrone recently which people are normally pretty taken aback by. I love how music can be used to provoke emotions from within us and find it amazing that this group so effectively makes music that brings up the feeling of fear and doom!

Has anything other than music ever inspired a composition or lyrics?

My crippling fear of death