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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW HELLO AMNESIA

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

Cheers for having us!

What made you decide to start the band?

It kind of just happened by accident, Sean (lead vocals) and Marco (keys/bv’s) wrote a rock song together for a university module and Marco’s flatmate Kaan (Lead guitar/Bv’s) produced it. The way the song went from rough draft to studio recorded demo in the space of two days made us realise the potential for us to work together. A couple of writing sessions and a live jam night in London later, Sam (Drums) + Wes (Bass) joined us and before we knew it, we had a solid 5 piece performing machine with a whole bunch of original material, we’ve not looked back!

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?

We’re a pretty eclectic melting pot! Sean has a folk-pop background and grew up on Dylan and Joni Mitchel, hardly knew what rock music was until he started writing it, seriously, check out his solo stuff, it doesn’t make sense. Marco, also not really a rock man to begin with, totally adores Jeff Buckley and is an incredible singer/songwriter who has a talent for lighting up a room, even with his sad songs. Kaan is the real rock star of Hello Amnesia, he grew up on all the great old school rockers, so you know where all those cool bluesy riffs are coming from! Sam has been playing in rock bands since he was little, he’s also got his own solo project, which of course, being a drummer, is filled with crazy timings and time signatures!

Wes is the biggest music/production nerd of us all, with a vinyl collection to rival a record store, his musical background and understanding is vast, but let’s just say he’s the reason we’re planning to cover Silk Sonic later in the year!

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

What’s that song about? We live in a society where people seem to want all the answers given to them. The world would be way more interesting if everyone’s opinions came from their own experiences. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Naa, we’re very open minded people and we’re fond of honest dialogue, but the truth always comes out eventually so there’s no point getting consumed by if’s,  buts and maybes – life is complicated enough to navigate. 



What useless party trick do you have? 

Chilling at home with a cup of tea, ignoring the party’s existence!

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Islington Assembly Hall, September 2021. We had a super professional production crew, epic light/sound engineers, an amazing stage and hundreds of people to play to – by far one of the coolest gigs! The defining moment was when the whole room started waving their arms around in the air during the solo for ‘Cute Narcissist’ – we’d been trying to work out how to get a crowd to do that for weeks, and when we finally pulled it off, the result was electrifying! 

What was the worst experience on stage?

We look back fondly on this beautiful disaster! The first gig we had on our wild run of gigs in 2021, and Wes’s first ever gig with us, was a small daytime festival in a local park. We played around lunch time and it was a plugged in acoustic set, which was weird enough in itself, given we’re a loud rock band! We were all crammed into this little outdoor stage with a really low hanging roof so we couldn’t actually see properly without ducking. It began to rain as we started to play and it was windy as all heck. Our audience consisted of a Jamaican food truck and a few people with umbrellas looking like they’d rather be anywhere but outside in a park. The real highlight was when a middle-aged couple turned up and came right to the front of the stage to cheer us on. The couple were absolutely smashed, consistently falling over because of how drunk they were (bearing in mind this was a festival for young people with rides and a bouncy castle), totally unphased by the bad weather. One of them was holding a big bottle of rum and kept offering it to us during our set and was proper offended that we kept politely declining, while trying to perform. Towards the end of the set, the wind caught the stage roof, which nearly came down on us – thankfully the sound engineer ran over and grabbed it in time before we all went down with the ship! Needless to say, every gig from here on was a walk in the park in comparison.

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

Marco was a postman in Italy before pursuing music in London, Sean grew up in New Zealand, Kaan is a qualified Architect, Wes was originally a guitarist, and Sam is the band Mum!

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Music is such a great universal tool for communication, we’d probably just put on a show for them in a great big arena and crank the volume!

What makes you stand out as a band?

We’ve been jokingly hailed as “The United Nations of Rock”, though we rather like that tag because every single one of us is from a different country. Kaan is from Turkey, Sam is Portuguese, Sean is a Welsh/Kiwi, Marco is from Italy and Wes is from the North of England! It makes for a really interesting energy because we all have such different backgrounds – and we speak about 7 languages between us!

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

The quality of live music these days.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Stranger – It’s the last track on our EP and we often close our shows with it. The way we play it live introduces one band member after the other and it’s super wholesome because we get to celebrate each member individually and it ends with a great big bang!

I hear you have a new single and EP, what can you tell us about it?

Well, we’re super excited about this one! The single we’re bringing out March 18th is Suzy Blue, off our debut EP ‘Retrograde’ which is a catalogue we’ve been playing and refining for the last year of live shows. We finally managed to get into the studio and record the tracks after demand continued to rise for us to release content. It’s such a privilege to be able to capture these moments that previously only existed on stage for us, knowing that people can enjoy the songs anywhere they go!

Talk me through the thought process of the single/ep?

Suzy blue was a weird one, lyrics and melody to begin with and zero instrumentation – chords came along, then the banging riff you hear at the start. Probably one of our simplest song writing sessions, though the details of the studio arrangement, even though it’s arguably our simplest track, were the hardest to finalise. The whole ‘toxic relationship’ theme the EP follows was a bit of an accident actually, we just picked our favourite tracks and discovered their connection afterwards, which is really refreshing, to know that you can make something cohesive without stressing massively about every tiny detail.

What was the recording process like?
CHAAAOOSS. Beautiful chaos. We actually recorded the drums for the EP months back in a studio, but given that we’re all broke and super busy trying not to be – we had to record the rest of the EP in a tiny, purpose-built home studio over the course of a couple of months. The experience of cramming all 5 of us into this little room after drinking far too much coffee was wild, especially when it came to mixing! It was an amazing experience, but I’m sure we’d all appreciate the option to record with a bigger budget behind us next time!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/ep?

None of us had ever been surrounded by such a dedicated team of individuals sharing a unified goal before. Honestly, the biggest learning curve for us might simply have been to trust the fact that we all have each others backs and we all care very much for the experience as well as the end result. Past experience has often taught us that team efforts like this don’t work out – especially in the early stages when there’s no financial reward.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No way! We don’t think anything ever feels totally perfect, but even thinking about changing anything would take precious time, energy and inspiration away from the next record!

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Gig everywhere, tour everywhere, get a sync deal, find some decent management and have an absolute blast of it!

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

We’ve got big plans and even bigger dreams, but we think it’s really important to look at what’s right in front of us too – what a privilege to be able to do what we love. It’s hard at times making it all work, especially to the professional standard we hold ourselves to, but self awareness and gratitude is key – no matter how tough it gets, we wouldn’t trade what we do for anything else in the world!