Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
Jo: We’ve both been in projects and bands of various forms over the years – Way back to our cringeworthy beginnings in High School – I think the first group we were ever in together was a Pop Punk band with a few other mates at the time. It was only in the last couple years our love for producing and writing Pop and Funk kind of really took a hold of us. We were honestly just messing around with the idea of LUX at first, and then it naturally started to became a very regular project for us both.
Tee: I’d been working as a session musician for a long time and wanted to be apart of a more creative and hands on band/project.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Jo: I’m Jo Jaleel – I have been writing music for 14 years, producing and sound engineering for about the last 6. I did an 8 month stint studying Songwriting at the ICMP in London (bad idea, would not recommend) before dropping out and moving back up North. As well as being in LUX, I release music as a solo artist, and am also in the process of building the foundations of Independent Record Label, AMINDA.
Tee: My name is Tee – I graduated from the RNCM and mainly worked as a session keyboard player for artist Callum Beattie before forming LUX 2 years ago.
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
Jo: We spent most of our time in the lockdowns writing and producing the bulk of our material, so we’re beyond excited to get playing these tunes to a real life audience as soon as we can.
Tee: Looking forward to playing live more than anything. I can’t wait for people to hear what we’ve been working on over the last year.
What advise would you give other artists starting out?
Tee: Be patient and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, because if you work hard and believe in yourself you’ll achieve anything you set your mind too.
Jo: Yeah, Tee nailed it. Too many artists and bands want everything to happen super quick and end up throwing in the towel way too early. Appreciate and celebrate the milestones and achievements along the way, no matter how big or small they are.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Jo: Well this is one of the first interviews we’ve ever done – Not too sure just yet, but I’m actually quite enjoying these questions!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Jo: Yes, I am definitely guilty of indulging in a few alien conspiracy theories from time to time. Look up Commander David Fravor’s sighting of the Tic Tac UAP – Very interesting stuff. Also – Epstein didn’t kill himself.
Tee: No, but I am interested in hearing them because I do find them interesting.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
Jo: Manchester artist Kid Blue’s ‘We’ve Changed’. It’s a sonic masterpiece.
Tee: Keep Moving by Jungle.
What support is out there for new artists in Wigan?
Tee: The Old Courts are doing good work and giving artists as many opportunities as they can.
Jo: Yeah, The Old Courts have been doing a lot for the music scene in Wigan over the last several years.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Wigan unsigned scene?
Jo: I think they’re actually signed now but The Lathums have really knocked it out the park this last year or so – Very inspiring to see their rise. Otherwise, further afield in Manchester, I’d definitely say Kid Blue, again.
Tee: Crushed by Waves.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
Jo: With LUX we aim to encourage people to feel comfortable in their own skin. Feel sexy if they want to feel sexy, lose themselves in the music, and dance if they want to dance, even if they think they’re bad at it – You gotta let go of any judgement that may come your way, or that you may have on yourself. We’ve both hardly ever seen ourselves as ‘sexy’ individuals, and we’re honestly quite regular dudes when going about our days, but when it comes to writing or performing this music, that’s what we feel it does for us the most – It’s a truly empowering feeling. And If we can give those same feelings to someone else too, and be remembered for that – even if by one person – then we’ve done our job.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Jo: I can bend my thumbs back really far.
Tee: I can play the ‘Match of the Day’ theme song on my throat by flicking it.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Tee: Performing at Glastonbury with Callum Beattie.
Jo: You know, there’ve been some cracking moments, though I honestly feel the best is yet to come. And soon.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Jo: I got groped by a very drunk 50 odd year old woman once at a covers show in Preston. I was mid-way through Mr. Brightside – It was not the greatest moment.
Tee: Played The Garage in Glasgow a few years back and my laptop stopped working mid-way through the set – We had to cut the rest of the show short.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Jo: Tee was Laxo in Grange Hill when he was 11 years old.
Tee: Jo puts ketchup on his Spag Bol.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
Jo: Honestly, sometimes I feel like I am an alien – I think I’d get along with them well. Our music is for the aliens too, not just humans.
Tee: If Jungle and Nile Rogers had a baby, LUX would be that baby.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Tee: Jo because his mind works in such a weirdly wonderful way – You never know what’s going to happen next.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
Tee: Jo, but if he’s recording he won’t answer.
Jo: Mate I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t even call me. I’d definitely call Tee, but Tee would definitely have some hard luck if I was the only option. It’s a golden rule when I’m in the studio, all distractions are put away – If my best friend ends up in the slammer, he’s just gonna have to stomach that prison food for a couple of hours. My advice – Just keep to yourself, don’t use the showers, and you’ll be good just until I get round to that missed call.
What makes you stand out as a band?
Jo: I think the vast range of influences between us comes together in quite an unexpected, yet accessible way. I have quite a low voice, whereas Tee can go super high. He’s a graduate, I’m a dropout. LUX is a collective expression of both of our, sometimes contrasting, minds – but I think that’s what makes it what it is. We’re also one of the only primarily Funk and Pop original projects coming out of Wigan, amongst the many Rock and Indie bands that our town is often known for.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
Jo: A few weeks ago, first night out after pubs opened back up. God did it feel good to be out again, but that hangover was brutal the next few days. I’m gonna have to get used to this again. The lockdown definitely aged me.
Tee: Our yearly trips to Edinburgh are always very eventful.
Tell me about your new single and how it came about?
Tee: It actually started off as a bit of a joke at first, because I’ve got this ridiculous high voice, we’ve always dubbed me as the ‘Barry Gibb’ of the group. Then last December we came into the studio and began toying with the idea of rearranging a Bee Gees track. A couple of failed attempts later, we landed on ‘You Should Be Dancing’. It ended up turning out really well, it’s honestly become one of our favourites to date.
Jo: With the lockdowns ending across parts of the world, and a bit of normality returning to our lives, we felt it was the right time to put ‘You Should Be Dancing’ out as we felt it would be fitting in terms of signalling the good times ahead all around. Something to create new memories to, something that you can’t help but smile or move and dance to. It’s time we put on our best pair of shoes and shake all that stress and tension away, and we hope ‘You Should Be Dancing’ can be the soundtrack to that for people.
What are your plans for the year ahead ?
Jo: We have more singles ready to roll out every couple of months across the rest of the year, which eventually leads to our first album dropping around the first quarter of 2022.
Tee: Try and play as many shows as possible, and keep writing and releasing music.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Jo: Whatever you want to be in life, whatever you want to wear, or how you want to express yourself – Don’t let anyone be the gatekeeper of that and tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. The music we make is testament to this, and it’s there for everybody if they’re willing to give us a listen.
Tee: We are LUX, we want people to enjoy themselves, and have a right good dance to our music.
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.