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CONFLICT CHOIR

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CONFLICT CHOIR WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

A: Music has always been a huge part of both our lives. Speaking for myself I think specifically seeing Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock performance created a spark that ifs still burning today.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

A: We’re Conflict Choir and in our live setting, we’re a two piece rock outfit and a more collaborative project when we’re in the studio/recording setting.

We are comprised of Ali Clinton on Guitar/Vocals + Production and Jack Bowles on Drums/Percussion.

The two of us are session musicians as well as playing in Conflict Choir and play across many different styles from Rock/Metal to Jazz, Funk, Rnb, Gospel and everything in between. Conflict Choir incorporates these different disciplines but is heavily rooted in rock and cinematic landscapes.

What was life like for you before music?

We both got into music from an early age around 7 or 8 years old so I suppose pretending to be Transformers or Power Rangers or something like that aha.

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

For me (Ali) it was Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child. It absolutely blew my mind apart with the sonics, attitude and spirit.

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

As I say, we are both session musicians so work actively within the industry with different artists. Conflict Choir is still gathering momentum but I feel we’re creating a really great community of fans and friends along the way which is a really great thing to see, we’re extremely grateful.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Indirectly from a hero and mentor of mine – Uli Jon Roth – whom I’ve learned through gigging with and watching, I’ve learned that you need to be authentically yourself in your art and away from your art and gather momentum and meaning through this. Any other way of approaching art won’t feel as palpable as it isn’t coming from an authentic place.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

We recorded our debut album in a garage.
We are a two piece band.
We were both born on Mars and migrated to blow your puny earthling minds.

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

We’d love to have the opportunity to support and open for well-established bands/artists on their own tours to show more people our sound.

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

I don’t think it’s ever really a healthy thing to judge someone’s whole character on a single action unless it’s something absolutely morally reprehensible. I suppose cancel culture is kind of the new with hunt in certain areas – I do think anyone who’s involved in the cancellation of someone else should probably look at their own actions before casting judgement too.

I recently watched an interview with an author called Robert Greene and he was saying that cancel culture and other phenomenon’s like that could be a symptom of our “shadow” or darker aspects of our character being supressed and coming to the forefront, but disguised as morality. I found that thought pretty interesting.

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

I think we both have a healthy distrust of authority whilst not getting sucked into the “Everything is a conspiracy” Mindset.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I think most recently Jack our drummer was probably playing with a broken foot onstage…. Still absolutely smashed his drum solo though – it was actually unbelievable.

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

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?
We’re currently looking for management as well as larger bands to support. Ontop of this, we’re releasing our debut album in May of this year and have just released our newest single which is getting loads of praise and critical acclaim – it’s extremely rewarding to see.

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musk’s contribution to the world?

Probably his plastic surgeon’s best customer ain’t he?

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

We have a new single out currently called “The Real Thing” which Is currently out on all platforms and the video will be out on our Youtube channel on the Sunday the 24th of March.

What was the recording process like?

It’s personally my favourite part of the process. I love creating and recording in the studio.

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

I think finding your own signature sound Is the biggest learning curve.

Also just getting out of your own way. For our debut album and all the singles we have out currently, we recorded everything in a garage ourselves and then had our friend Greg Chandler from Priory Studios (also the Guitarist/Singer in the band Esoteric) mix and master our songs, so they sound absolutely MASSIVE.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nope. It slaps.

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

Eat your greens and be healthy. Be Authentic and think for yourself.

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