RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BRISTOL ARTIST ÅLESUND
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 wanted to make my own music and bring it to life. Working with other musicians brings new inspirations and takes you down new avenues that you wouldn’t have found if you just write and worked by yourself. I’ve always enjoyed working with other people.
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?
We have Lloyd Starr on the guitar, we’ve worked together for the last six years now. Jake Bright is on bass and also produces our music, we met him at a rehearsal studio about four years ago, he heard us rehearsing and asked to get involved! Mike Cooper is on drums and is our most recent band member. We’ve made three Eps and a fair few singles together now, each one feels like a new chapter and a development of our sound which is always exciting to feel like you are delving deeper each time.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Who are your biggest influences…I wouldn’t say I’m sick of it but it comes up a lot
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
The further the music is shared the better I say!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
That Elvis isn’t actually dead?! I’m not into conspiracies I’m afraid…
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I was a penniless musician with no live work so I was being very frugal with my money
What useless party trick do you have?
I know the dance routine to the makereena, but I’d say that’s pretty useful tbh
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Probably the first festival post covid. It was Standon Calling 2021, covid was very much still around and it was a test event to see if gatherings could happen safely. I’ve never experienced such catharsis between both the musicians on stage and the audience. It was healing and magical and SO much fun.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Oh god, when technical difficulties plague you and it’s all out of your control. That’s a horrible feeling…especially when lots of eyes are on you, when you’re on stage you just want to create an atmosphere and ‘technical difficulties’ wreck that!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I was a classically trained singer and had the option of choosing to sing opera, but the rock n roll life chose me haha
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Atmospheric alt pop OR Big soaring voice, twinkly guitar melodies, intricate drum rhythms, lots of weird and wonderful layerd sounds and hooks you will be humming the morning after you heard it…
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think it’s a combination of my classical sounding vocal mixed with pop elements and atmospherics. I’ve always found it hard to categorise us into a genre so I guess we make our own in a way…
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Not being at Glastonbury…the fomo is real
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Harry’s Song is actually up there, it’s such a beast of a song with it’s big build up and massive vocal at the end that you can’t do it half hearted, it’s all or nothing so it always ends up being a special moment in the set.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
It’s a stand alone single because it’s like nothing else sonically that we’ve made. It was written when Lloyd and I first met, but we never released it, so we thought it’d be a nice thing to share finally. It’s a very personal song, written in the wake of my friends life threatening accident and his time in hospital. I wrote it in that time when I had so many high emotions and I didn’t know where to put them or what to do with them. Channelling them into this track helped me and performing it live throughout the years has been a nice reminder of how far my friend has come since that terrifying time.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I had to be talked into releasing this to be honest! Because it’s never been released only only shared in a live set I felt like it wasn’t representative of us, but actually capturing it as ‘live’ raw song and not heavily producing it has been great and I’m excited to share it.
What was the recording process like? Because we knew we didn’t want it to be produced in the same way as our other tracks and we wanted to keep it slightly low-fi and very real/live sounding, it felt like going back to basics in some ways. No fancy production just old fashioned instruments doing their thing!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Every recording session seems to bring new challenges, whether that’s in production, performance delivery, technical aspects etc. So there’s always things to learn and new ways of doing things to take on board for next time. I love being in the studio though, it feels like your possibilities could be endless which is always nice…
Would you change anything now its finished?
That is a crazy question…you have to learn when to say something is finished and when it’s released into the world you let go of it and move on to your next endeavour. No use living in the regrets of the past.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We have a nice few festivals over summer to enjoy. We are already busying ourselves with new material, so just continuing onwards and upwards!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
How to pronounce our band name…The Å letter sounds like the ‘o’ in born.