By The Waves


Hi lads hows things? What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

The moment I heard Cat Stevens sing “oh baby baby it’s a wild world” on a family car journey down to Cornwall. I used to sing along and quickly realised I could imitate certain singers. As an outgoing teenager with muso friends, I was the most willing to give the microphone some hammer and I’ve never put it down. 

Introduce us to the members and your musical history.

Ben Thomas- originally a left-handed bass player as a teenager. I struggled doing both and ditched the bass. Early on I was very into heavy rock and metal but also soul and reggae so I struggled to find a musical outlet to suit my tastes. During stints in Brighton and Barcelona I have written and performed songs with people that had unique styles and rubbed off on me. I started to write my own ideas with an acoustic guitar and wanted to find people to add layers, dynamics and dimensions to the ideas living in my head. I found a bunch of guys that liked my terrible quality home recordings and we went from there. 

Luke Finch – Started playing drums at 17, with my grandad teaching me how to groove! He supported Shirley Bassey back in the 70s so I was in good hands! 

James Murray – Originally started playing classical guitar at the tender age of 8! Picked up my first electric guitar at 11 and I was just obsessed!

Hristo Gerdzhikov – Started playing bass guitar at 18, I had an obsession for heavy music but as I grew older I started to appreciate all types/styles of music with amazing bass lines so that’s when I decided to visit my local music store to buy a bass. 

What was life like for you before music?

Before I joined this band I’ve always needed a creative outlet whether it be painting or writing poetry or for a period, in less constructive ways searching for a way to express myself. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Hearing “Live and Dangerous” Thin Lizzy had a profound effect on me. I had no idea what Phil or the band looked like but the music oozed a sense of cool to my young mind and I remember wanting to be able to experience being a singer, saying what I wanted in a way that was unique to me.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

  It’s very positive and uplifting with catchy choruses. The kind that would put you in a good mood on your way to work or make you feel better when you’re having a rough day or just under the weather. 

What was the recording process like?

  Very fun, loved every second of it. We added more elements to the actual demo of the song once we were in the studio so at the end of the day we came out with a new better version of the initial idea. The guys at Sugar House really helped us push our music to the next level. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

  For me personally, coming from mostly improvising solos on guitar at home to being the bassist of the band, I had to quiet my mind and play every note with purpose so that it serves the song. Making sure I’m not overplaying but also not being boring either.

Would you change anything now its finished?

  No. I’m happy with what we accomplished and I think everyone would agree once they give our debut single a listen.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We’re brand new to the industry, formed in May 2023 so we’re still trying to figure this out. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? To avoid releasing EP’s and focus on singles so that we make bigger waves within the industry. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you –

Luke our drummer was on the Ladbrokes Euro 2020 advert, Ben on vocals has a Bob Marley tattoo and Hristo our bassist, is a Bulgarian TV star. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A large music grant to allow us to record more music and a support slot to a huge Manchester band! 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I believe you should be free to express your opinions but with that comes the responsibility to how that impacts others.

Likewise, people are free to ‘cancel’ if they find your views offensive or hurtful. If you’re out to get clicks off the back of punching down, then you have to accept the consequences.

Social media does make things difficult in that things can be clipped and edited to remove context. Conversely, social media also gives you a greater right of reply than in the past.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

We absolutely don’t because if you delve in to the world of conspiracies, you’ll end up losing your mind! 

What was the worst experience on stage?

We’ve only played 1 gig so far at the Eagle Inn, Salford in December and that gig was fantastic with 0 c*ck ups! 

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

Hristo is secretly from Hollywood (Internal band joke), Luke’s a child TV star! James is soon to be a father of two (😮) and Ben’s a huge United fan. 

What makes you stand out as a band?

I think we stand out because our music is soulful but we can also bring those party vibes to a stage.