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?
Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Happy Mondays’ Step On, David Bowie’s Heroes.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history.
Lemon are Mark ‘Bong the bass’ Bongers, Thomas Gense, Paul Hesen and Ralf Hesen. All massive fans of the Madchester sound. Our musical history can be found on the five albums and a bunch of singles we have released so far. Working on our sixth album today.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
How did you come up with that band name?
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world (INCLUDING RGM NETHERLANDS) to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Marvelous idea, especially for a band coming from Amsterdam of which people keep saying: “Too bad for you that you’re not from England. They’d totally dig your music over there.” We’re convinced many will dig our music in any part of the world. So, yes please: share our music all over the globe.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Dude, earlier this year we released a song about conspiracy believers. The title says it all: “How Can You Rhyme That Shit? “
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
Our new single Before We Fade To Grey is out this week. It is about love in every colour. About love, about life, about a love for life, about living life to the max. It features Cath Coffey of the legendary Stereo MC’s from London. The track will appear on our next album that we plan to release early next year. Cath is our guest singer on seven of the twelve tracks on that album. This song has a bit more rock-ish groove than most of our songs. She is our guest singer on seven of the twelve tracks on that album. The video is shot during Pride Amsterdam: https://youtu.be/Gl10Wpsdbms.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
Thomas came up with the ‘Before we fade to grey’ thought and with a first draft of the composition. Ralf created the storyline and completed the lyrics, he also completed the composition.
What was the recording process like?
Before We Fade To Grey is one of eight songs we recorded on one weekend at the Ei Studios in Amsterdam. We recorded drums, guitars, bass, and keys at the same time. Up front we thought we would succeed in recording five or six songs if we were lucky. For only one of the songs we needed more than two takes. Later we recorded the vocals and some extra keys and guitar parts. Cath Coffey came over to the studio when Stereo MC’s did some shows in The Netherlands and we were their support act. After everything was recorded, we did the mixing and production together with a brilliant sound engineer (and much more than just that) Tim Egmond
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
The only thing we would like to change is the music video. We would love to have more lgbt couples in it, but we were too shy to ask. Especially after some couples didn’t want to be in it because they were afraid too many people would see it. And this during Pride Week in Amsterdam! Isn’t that sad?
What are your plans for the year ahead?
As said, we plan to release our sixth album this year. Before that we might release one or two more singles but that’s not set in stone. Next to that: do an awful lot of shows.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Do we still need to talk about that? Mark bought a lemon. And after that our current band van.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Small pubs, big venues, festivals: every gig is a party.
What was the worst experience on stage?
The one time when Paul couldn’t play and we had to work with a substitute drummer. When our team is incomplete we miss the magic.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Music is the universal language so it needs little explaining. We’d just play one of our songs and he/she/it would totally get it.
What makes you stand out as a band?
Our recognisable sound, that we titled Nedchester (Madchester tweaked by four lads from The Netherlands. Influenced by, but not the same as Madchester). Our tight groove. Our energy on stage.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Tribute To Madchester, because the audience goes berserk every time we play that song.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Check out The Best Of Lemon Playlist on Spotify and stream the hell out of our new single 👇