RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON BAND APPLE SHAKERS
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?
This wasn’t really our decision. We both grew up with access to music from a very young age. Without realising it, music creeps more and more into your life until it has such a firm grip on you that you can’t do without it. We knew then that we had to choose music because it had already chosen us.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history.
Apple Shakers consists of Rory, lead vocals & guitar, and Basil, drums & synth. We formed the duo by the end of 2019 and started to play shows in July 2021.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Why don’t you have a bassist – we don’t need one!
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes, definitely. This would be a great chance for artists to reach listeners overseas.
What useless party trick do you have?
Converting beer to pee.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
With this project we never found ourselves playing and not having fun. But there where a few very special concerts for us where not only we could give a lot to the people but they returned a lot to us. These moments are probably the reason we’re doing this.
What was the worst experience on stage?
When realising you have to play an encore but not have another song.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
With half a litre of water, we can hike 16 km in the sunny Alps. Don’t try this at home, kids.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
We’re two charming young boys that do too many things whilst playing live but it somehow works.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We sound like 5 people on stage.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
“Promoters” that don’t promote.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
It always changes depending on what the audience seems to enjoy most. People in different places enjoy different sounds.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
The latest single coming out on the 2nd of September is called ‘Wanna Be’. It’s one that embodies a rock n roll spirit but introduces modern a modern tongue, empowering you to be yourself no matter the cost.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
The process was a bit different than usual, Rory and Basil were apart for some time and Rory wrote the riff that he thought would be a throw away kinda thing, it’s too old school. After Basil heard it he had a twinkle in his eye and wanted to stick some drums on it straight away. It happened very quickly.
What was the recording process like?
Our recording process is our writing process. We record when we write and therefore produce each other.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Maybe not, in particular, writing the latest single but in general we had a massive learning curve in recording and production the last two years.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, we see a recording as a capture of the moment. There’s always things you could have done better or maybe in a few years time you’re more skilled on the instrument and therefore your vocabulary is bigger but we like to just accept how things are in the moment and go from there.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We want to play more shows all around the UK. With one eye we also look to Europe since Switzerland treated us already super well.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?