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Soul & Surf: Interview with Ed Templeton

We're super stoked to be working with our good friends Soul & Surf this month and have launched our India Bibi Plantation coffee in collaboration with them. To celebrate this coming together, they are giving away an awesome holiday for two to their surf, yoga and massage retreat in Kerala, India. We caught up with founder and all-round good sort Ed for a quick chat

Ed Surfing

What do you order when drinking at Small Batch?

Usually a Flat White


What were you doing before you set up Soul & Surf? (can you talk about your music nights/DJing etc)

I ran a graphic design company called Red Design based in the North Laine area doing record covers, music videos, work for playstation, fashion labels and, randomly, the French government amongst many others. I was also, concurrently, promoting nightsd and DJ’ing. I was part of the Babyboom soundsystem, the MuffleWuffle collective and ran the original ‘Beats Workin’ nights in the 90’s/00’s.

 Inspirational Wall Quote

Can you tell us a bit about how Soul & Surf came to be? 

Much as I loved the music world and the design world I kinda knew I didn’t want to be doing it for ever. My late night passions weren’t the most healthy way to grow old and when I took a surf lesson on a DJ trip to Australia I completely fell in love with it and pretty much replaced an unhealthy passion with a very healthy one. As a late starter to the surf world, aged 34, I also knew I’d be a perpetual beginner, particularly given the long working hours of the design world, so I did a very teenage thing and jacked it all in, gave my company away and went off on a round the world surf trip… Soul & Surf was a way to extend that trip a bit longer whilst trying to work out how I’d earn a living… until Soul & Surf itself became the living.

Ed & Sofie


You share a name with a very famous pro skateboarder. Has that ever caused any confusion?

Yep. I showed up to a DJ gig in Barcelona to be told there was a national TV crew that wanted to interview me before I played. I’ve never seen such disappointment when they saw me and realized I wasn’t ‘the’ Ed Templeton. I also, regularly, get asked to open a skate-park in Rotterdam or show my photos in Tokyo. So much so that I contacted the other Ed and began forwarding stuff these invites on whilst having a chat about life, surf, art and stuff.


Who or what inspires you to do what you do?

People in art, music, surf, business, etc. who stand up for what they believe in and risk it all to pursue it.


Soul and Surf Three

What’s some of the biggest challenges of working in India/Sri Lanka?

You cannot make up some of the insanities we’ve had to deal with being westerners setting up and running companies in areas where not many other westerners do. The crazy levels of bureaucracy, the corruption & bribery, the local mafias, the difficulty of providing even basic service in places where that’s not the norm… Just to get the doors open, the place clean, the beds comfortable and the food roughly on time takes herculean efforts on a daily basis. 

India Jeep

If you had to only listen to three artists/bands for the rest of your life, what/who would they be?

Talking Heads / David Byrne – everything he touches turns to gold

DJ Harvey sets – I became a Tonka soundsystem disciple in 1990, with Harvey as our Jesus. He’s still rockin it.

Radiohead – clichéd, I know. But OK Computer blew my mind and turned an acid house kid into a shoe-gazer again.

To be in with a chance of winning the awesome holiday then all you need to do is buy a bag of our India Bibi coffee, in store or online now!