What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?
The 6 figure paycheck we get from streams. (winky face) We all love music and wanted to share and create with others. We have all been in school bands over the years but this is our first truly serious project. Music is our favourite way of expression. For us personally, it’s about perspective, learning new things, and challenging life through music.
Introduce us all to the members?
Filip vocals, Oli guitar, Larry Drums. We all play each other’s instruments and more, so we contribute to songwriting all around.
How do you think the government has looked after the night-time economy / live gig circuit?
Terribly. They only look after themselves.
Which one is the biggest pain in the arse? (Lateness, forgets stuff etc.)
Equally, we all get on each other’s nerves, but that’s kind of the fun of it!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“Why the pink trousers?” … Why not?
What is the unsigned scene in London like at the minute?
There are still a lot of great bands trying to keep their presence online, but there are a lot of bands like us, who pride themselves in the live aspect of music.
What good bands are coming out of London at the minute?
FVRmind. Obscure is a journey of a song. Then there’s House of Dirt. ‘Cold City’ is a banger if you want something more aggressive. Bosco Bosco also have a great feel-good vibe, ‘Pretty Town’ will get you jumping when you eventually see them live.
What support is out there for new artists in London?
“Retrain”. Jokes aside, the community of the scene itself, people are so supportive when you actually get in the game, most bands we played with were lovely, and we created many long-lasting friendships!
How easy or difficult do you find picking up new fans to come to your gigs?
It’s about who you play with. But these days, people are harder to impress, with everything being so accessible. So we really try to engage with them and give them a show.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Notting Hill Arts Club in January 2020. Sold out show. If you were there, you know.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Notting Hill Arts Club in January 2020. Mic kept falling off the amp rig. If you were there, you know.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Filip is able to show anyone and everyone a new shortcut on any computer program.
Oli is a grandmaster chess player, but he’ll never admit it. Larry doesn’t think peas, pineapple, sweetcorn, chicken and BBQ sauce should ever touch a pizza. It’s against the law.
Best drink to have on stage?
Filip: Jaegerbomb or rum and coke. Beer makes me lose my voice.
Oli: Beer if it’s free.
Larry: Water! Drumming, singing and sweating really dehydrates you, so any booze will go straight to the head and you’ll become sloppy. You can’t have a drummer who’s sloppy.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
What happens backstage stays backstage.
What goes into your favourite sandwich?
Between us, we can’t agree on one! Larry doesn’t like butter or cheese (I know right), so he said peanut butter. Oli and I like butter and cheese sandwiches (just to spite him).
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
…Just kidding! Everything is changing so fast, and these times are uncertain. Nothing like this has happened to the live side of the industry ever before, but the recording side of the industry is still going.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Confidence. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and express what you love. Whether its music, art or something else. Never be afraid to be yourself.
What makes you stand out as a band?
The energy we bring live is a big one. But I’d definitely say Oli’s trousers. That’s where all our creativity comes from. It’s like Samson’s hair.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂
Rishi. (And not being able to play gigs of course.)
Tell us about a time when you had a proper right laugh while you were all together?
Most of the time we’re together we’re taking the piss out of each other and having a good laugh. If we were to take ourselves seriously all the time we’d not be a band.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Our next single ‘Let Go’ is about challenging social expectations of masculinity and self-realisation. We have a visual piece to go along with it, which we collaborated on with obeythecccat.
In Let Go, across the lyrics and video, The illusion of being awake is when you want to do something but you feel it’s unobtainable. Breaking out of that mental bubble is finally waking up that one day and saying no to your inner demons. But of course for that one day to happen, one must take themselves on a journey of honesty and introspection.
In the video for our debut single ‘Hook’, there are scenes of waking up and being in a dream, but also the illusion of being awake. I’d say that there’s a parallel feeling of dreaming when you’re wanting to achieve something in your life, Vs actually doing it.
I (Filip) like the concept of waking up one day and just saying screw it I’m not gonna tolerate my demons. We all wake up every day to similar circumstances physically every day but mentally I feel like everyone has the potential to outgrow yesterday.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Actually, it will have to be ‘Let Go’, we get people singing the chorus and that works quite well.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
The grassroots venues are sadly struggling at the moment, and without it, many small acts just like us wouldn’t be able to grow. The grassroots scene is beautifully inclusive and gives a platform to many often unheard voices and social issues. We recommend checking out and donating if you can to #saveourvenues