RGM Introducing – Sylvette

What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?

We all became totally obsessed with our respective instruments as teenagers and it never really went away. Writing music just happened naturally after playing so much and listening to so much and the idea of the band was to create something in which we would have total creative freedom. 

Introduce us all to the members?

Charlie Sinclair is the singer/guitarist, Ashley Garrod is the bass player, Peter Leaver is the drummer, Philippos Rousiamanis is the violin player/keyboard player and Jack March is the guitarist.

How do you think the government have looked after the the night timeeconomy / live gig circuit?

It was very positive to see there was a support package set aside for the arts but unfortunately I don’t think it will be enough. A lot of the larger and more successful venues received the most government funding and support from other areas so I think they will be okay but it’s the tiny clubs and live music pubs that will struggle to reopen after covid. They are the venues that give character to music scenes and the venues that have given life to our band so it’s really sad to know they’re struggling financially.

What have you been doing during lock down?

Before lockdown, our main income was as freelance musicians so we’ve all had to make adjustments to our lives this year. Some of us have gone into care work, some of us are teaching music online and some of us are working in shops but in spite of this, this year has been a very creative time for us. We have written the majority of our next album for 2021 and we’re very excited to rehearse and record once lockdown is over and it felt amazing to finally release our second album “Stiller Than Still” in July that we are so proud of. 

How has it effected your mental health?

Lockdown has certainly challenged our mental health but having this band to focus on has really kept us strong and excited about the future. I think you can hear the effects lockdown has had on our psyche in the music we’ve been making. 

Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Nothing yet. I don’t think we are far enough into our career to start complaining about interviews but I’m sure that day will come! 

Which one is the biggest pain in the arse? (Lateness, forgets stuff etc.)

I think we all drop the ball an equal amount to be honest. 

What is the unsigned scene in Manchester like at the minute?

The Manchester unsigned music scene is incredibly rich and inspiring. When you see so much live music up close by brilliant musicians who are also your friends it’s impossible for it to not rub off on you. 

What good bands are coming out of Manchester would you recommend?

MYTBE, Diving Station, Porij, Big Society, Sean Rogan, Quiet Houses, Sour Honey, Mac Frey, Paige Kennedy, Jude the Obscure. (I could go on!) 

Who is inspiring you at the minute?

Pedro Almodovar, Sevdaliza, Michael Haneke, Arca, David Lynch, Trent Reznor 

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

Our music 

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

Philip can tell the future. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Our headline gig at band on the wall in Manchester was the most fun we’ve ever had on stage. It felt like the culmination of all the work we’ve put in over the years and there was an incredible feeling of connection with the audience.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Charlie once broke two strings in one song and had to change them while Ashley did a ridiculously extended bass solo. 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Philip is a witch, Pete is terrifyingly good at kickboxing, Ashley only started playing bass aged 16, Charlie wrote a feature film score aged 17, Jack enjoys eating citrus fruits in the shower.

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

We supported the crazy world of Arthur Brown in 2016 and watching him sound check was totally surreal. His band set up and were playing for about half an hour before he arrived and then he got out of his car dressed like a 1920s clown with a face full of make-up, walked into the venue and just started dancing to their playing as if no one was watching for about 10 minutes.

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry? 

You better make sure you really love music because this is a long game. 

Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

Coronavirus conspiracy theories. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

It’s a remix of the title track from our second album “stiller than still” done by the Mantis Opera who are one of our all time favourite bands. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Not really, we are just happy to share our music. Thank you for the interview!