RGM Introducing – Tay Temple

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 ?

I’ve wanted to be a musician for along as I can remember, probably because I always watched MTV in the 2000s and loved singing along but also sing star was popular in my younger days. My Mam was probably sick of the sound of me haha.

I think another big milestone was when I started learning guitar at 12 and began writing my own songs – They were very cliche and cringe as you could imagine. (I actually think my first ever song was called ‘I still love you’ like who was I still loving at 12? My build a bear?)

But I do think it was my Dad’s love for music that really made me fall in love with it too and having that bond with him has really motivated me over the years.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

Given the circumstances we’ve actually been able to do a lot. The first lockdown we were all super busy with uni work, myself, Jordi (guitarist) and Jasmine (bassist) were all in third year and Connor (drummer) was in 2nd year so you can imagine how shut off we all became for a few months. 

In August, we did a full length set filmed separately in our own homes which was great but also very surreal. Then in September me and Jordi did a couple weeks busking in the city centre. I was even able to do a small socially distanced gig at Thirsty Scholar that month which was so intimate and lovely. 

At the beginning of December we were lucky enough to get into the studio (rules permitting of course) and get some new tracks recorded which I’m so excited about. 

This current lockdown however has been the toughest so far, especially because we could no longer rehearse which is such a crucial outlet for me. But having the release of ‘Train’ has kept me occupied and given me something to work towards which has really helped me cope. 

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

I’m really optimistic about 2021. With the new lockdown plan announced it really has given me hope and seeing the current position New Zealand and Australia are in, proves that returning to normality is very much possible (even though I’m jealous). 

How has 2020  effected your mental health?

It’s been very difficult, as I think everyone would say. For a long time I was just so angry at  the way our government where handling the situation that I couldn’t seem to focus on anything else and it just wasn’t healthy. Don’t get me wrong I’m still furious, especially concerning the way students have been treated and how the music industry has been pushed to the background, but I’ve started to channel those feelings into my writing and learnt to detach myself when I feel my mental health getting effected because at the end of the day that’s whats most important. 

2020 has really taught me a lot about myself and how my brain works. I’m so quick to overthink every situation to the point that it becomes paralysing and I’m so overwhelmed that I just do nothing but think. Having all this time has allowed me to appreciate all the little things which in the pre-covid world I wouldn’t even acknowledge and I plan to take this mindset with me as the world moves forward.  

What advise would you give other artists starting out?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself if you’re unsure of your sound. For a long time I struggled with finding what style of music I wanted to make and got so bogged down because I was so unsure of myself. Write and play what you enjoy. Experiment with different styles and collaborate. Getting my band together massively solidified what route I wanted to go down musically. Theres no time limit so don’t rush the process, it’ll click when its meant to. 

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

“What genre is your music” Just because I think nowadays the lines between different genres have become so blurred that I personally think trying to define an artist’s genre can box them off in a way that can put people off before even listening to the music.

I understand the importance of genre labelling in a business marketing sense but also think with the current fluidity of genres it can sometimes misrepresent artists. 

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?

I’m really loving Izzie Walsh’s recent single ‘Balcony’. Her voice gets me every time and the arrangement is so uplifting. I feel like I’m at a festival all lit up with fairy lights. All of her tracks are amazing so people should defiantly check her out! 

What support is out there for new artists in Manchester and Hartlepool ?

Manchester’s music scene is so vibrant yet close knit that new artist have lots of avenues of support, mostly from other artists. I personally found the open mic scene so supportive and welcoming when I was new to the city and most of my current music contacts I met at one of these nights. It also massively helped me with my confidence in performing and seeing such a wide variety of talent gave me so much inspiration for my own writing. 

Rianne Thompson at BBC Radio Tees has been so supportive of my music since the release of my debut single ‘Millennials’ in March last year. She recently gave ‘Train’ a pre-release play on her show and I cannot thank her enough for her continued support. Also BBC Radio Newcastle have supported us by playing ‘Ladybird’ on their Introducing North East show in January which means the world to me. 

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

I do a pretty good Marge Simpson impression. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Definitely our headline show at Gullivers in March 2020 (literally the week before lockdown). It was just so euphoric to see the audience dance along to my songs its honestly one of the best feelings in the world. Also having that connection between myself and the band on stage just knowing that we’re all loving it, is such a great experience and I can’t wait to get back performing. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Probably back when I was in secondary school and I was asked to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ with no music in front of the whole school in year 8 or 9. I was TERRIFIED. The whole time my legs were shaking and I even choked on one of the notes because my throat was so dry. I pushed through to the end but I think that was probably the only time I ever hated being on stage. 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

We’re all lil weirdos in this band so there’s many stories but the one that comes to mind is after we filmed the Millennials music video Jordi tried to slide on this massive rug singing ‘a whole new world’ from Aladdin and fell flat on his face haha. We actually have a Behind the Scene’s Studio series out on our YouTube channel which really shows how odd we all are so that best describes our band dynamic. 

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

I’m not sure everyone would consider these people legends but they are to me so: 

Lead Singer: Stevie Nicks 

Guitarist: St. Vincent 

Bassist: Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) 

Drummer: Danielle Haim (HAIM) 

– P.S Lizzo on the flute cause she’s iconic 

What tips do you have booking tours and managing the travel?

Currently looking into sorting my first tour in the near future so learning as I go at the moment but I’d say do your research and be realistic with your pull numbers. If you over sell yourself to promoters and venues they’ll be less likely to work with you again and it’ll do more harm than good. 

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

I’ve ran out of Netflix shows to watch- I’m completely watched out. 

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

Yes my third single ‘Train’ has just dropped (Feb 22nd) and the response has been so positive so far I couldn’t be happier. Given this song is around 4 years old at this point, it still remains so prevalent to me. I wrote it when I first moved to Manchester at 16 and was feeling isolated and unsure if I had made the right decision but ultimately it was by far the best thing I could have done for myself and it reminds me that change is always scary but can lead to bigger and better things. It’s also a nice lil song to those back home saying that I miss them and will see them soon. 

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

In December Manchester was in Tier 3 and we were able to access the studio as it was work that could not be done at home so we were lucky to be able to continue. 

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

Take each day at a time. Be kind to yourself, I’ve spent way too many days feeling crap about myself for being unproductive but that doesn’t benefit you in anyway. However you choose to cope with this utterly alien situation is valid and this is not forever. 

Finally and perhaps optimistically, what are your plans for the year ahead

We’ve recently finished our debut EP which I’m hoping to release later this year with a launch gig event which is very very exciting. Doing it all independently will mean a very busy year for me but it’s what I love to do and given the new lockdown plan I am very optimistic for the future of this project.  

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