RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GLASGOW BAND MAJESTY PALM
What made you decide to start the band?
We had been working on music for quite a while before we started Majesty Palm. It was more as a collaboration of two separate artists, but I think we just realised we both really liked the music we were making and decided to start the band and begin to release music together.(Olivia)
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?
I had an interest in music from a young age, I always sang, and I was involved in music schools and all that throughout my childhood. I only really started taking it seriously when I started writing songs, around 16, I think. That’s when I realised, I wanted to pursue a possible career in music. I went to uni to study music, which I’ve just recently graduated from, and my focus recently has mainly just been on the band and writing new stuff, so it’s been really exciting. (Olivia)
Similar to Olivia, I’ve always been interested in music as far as I can remember. I started playing the guitar when I was 10 and then that naturally progressed into being involved with bands until now. My music taste has changed quite a lot over the years as well as the style of songs I’ve written but I’d say the music we’re doing in Majesty Palm is probably the most reflective and truest to myself to date. (Cameron)
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We haven’t really done too many interviews yet, so we’re new to all of this. Maybe further down the line we could get back to you on that one!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Was in a metal band when I was 15/16. My mind went blank halfway through a song where it was just me playing, think I’d deliberately blanked it out of my memory until now thanks! (Cameron)
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I have 2 Breaking Bad tattoos, 1 of which I hope never sees the light of day haha.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien, how would you describe it & what makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I’d say it’s a good blend between Pop, New Wave and probably a bit of Funk in there as well. We try to take inspiration from various places but always remember to make something that still sounds like us & most of all appeals to people. The likes of the 80s is a big influence on us in terms of the sound itself along with modern Pop artists like Dua Lipa, The 1975, Tom Misch to name a few. I think we maybe stand out because of not just our similarities (Olivia & myself) but also because of the differences in our music taste and how we both have got to like the same artists from different musical paths. (Cameron)
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
We haven’t actually played live yet, but it’s something we’re really excited to get going with. Our songs are all upbeat in general so they should be really fun to play to an audience, I can’t wait. (Olivia)
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yeah, our new single is called “Split”. It’s a pop song, with a lot of 80s influences, which was really fun for us both because we’re big fans of 80s music. From a writing perspective, it’s about the shift that happens as you start to grow apart from someone, where you feel split (hence the name) between the part of you that’s living for yourself, and the part of you that’s trying to please someone else. (Olivia)
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
It really began when Cameron sent me the first demo he had for the song. As I say, I really loved the 80s vibe of the song and kind of immediately had a rough vocal melody for the verse in mind. I started writing the lyrics and we just began bouncing ideas off of each other until we got a final structure. It all came together when we recorded the vocals with Jamie Holmes, we spent a lot of time on the vocal harmonies which, to me, really elevated the song, particularly on the chorus. (Olivia)
Yeah, it’s very 80s influenced in terms of the sound & even synths used. I initially came up with the intro on my Roland synth just using a drum loop & then thought it’d be cool to build around that, adding layers and other parts like guitars. Like all the songs we just decide what part of the song the initial idea sounds like and what it needs to build into a chorus. That gives us a really good idea for the structure & feel of the song. Simple as that! (Cameron)
What was the recording process like?
It was fairly straightforward and similar to all our released & unreleased songs so far. I’ll do all the production and recording in my home studio and basically work on building the song up to a level where we both feel it’s good. We do guide vocals and rough harmony ideas that we then take into the studio with Jamie Holmes where we do final vocal takes as well as any final production tweaks. I think with this song it was the first time doing full vocal takes with Jamie and that made a huge difference really taking it to the next level. (Cameron)
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I don’t think I would really. We’re usually quite picky with things because we want them to be the best that they can be, so it goes through a lot of different variations before we’re really happy with it. I think you can always overthink and question certain decisions, but there comes a point where you just have to get to a stage where you’re really happy with it and then take a step back, or else you’ll drive yourself crazy haha. (Olivia)
Yeah, I totally agree with Olivia! Gets to the point sometimes where you’re sick of the song or don’t even know if it sounds good anymore haha. That definitely happened for myself with this one but I just have to remind myself of what I felt like initially writing it & the first time hearing it. Buzzing about this track and hope folk like it as much as we do! (Cameron)