RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON BAND BISOU NOIR
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band?
We started the band wanting to make unpretentious rock music for all kinds of different people. It’s an excuse to hang out together and do something meaningful, there’s no better feeling than creating something from nothing and releasing it into the world for other people to enjoy.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
I’m Toby and I’m the lead singer of band, I met our guitar player Milo on the set of mama Mia 2 and we started writing songs together and things took off from there. We recruited Jake and Mikey on bass and drums from my teenage previous band and we haven’t looked back since!
Whats the best piece of advice you have received?
To not compare yourself to what other people are doing, try and make something you’re proud of. Don’t Try to be something your not – stay authentic and only do something if its something you want to do.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Endless cowboy hats. Lots of soul rings.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Yes, Tupac is alive. Elvis isn’t dead. The Earth its flat and we are in the matrix.
If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?
I would time travel to the 90s because my favourite bands/artists were all smashing it around that time. RHCP, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana, Oasis!!! So many. Or travel to the 60s/70s before the internet.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them?
Great human music. Also great probing music. I would also try to convince them that all aliens should listen to it to blend in with the human race (to increase streams).
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Jake our bass player. On the surface he seems the most sensible but is actually the dark horse, nobody knows what he’s thinking and he tears it up on stage.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Milo and Mikey egg each other on sometimes when we are out and the night can escalate. Both are stubborn and both always right.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first?
Milo. Jake wouldn’t pick up and Mikey would be useless.
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Drums Taylor Hawkins, bass Flea, Guitar Jack White and Vocals Jeff Buckley. If you could play any music festival which would it be?Reading main stage. The amount of bands as children we watched headline the main stage at reading had made it the most important for us for sure.
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Red hot chili peppers at the Ricoh arena in Coventry 2006 on the stadium Arcadium tour. It was unbelievable to see the chemistry those four musicians have. Also Bring me the Horizon at the 02 and Biffy Clyro at multiple venues
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Be patient and try to stay positive. Be proud of what you put out and don’t compare yourself to other people. Stay vigilant because there are a lot of sharks trying to take advantage, and only do music for the love of it not for money.
What’s your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
Probably playing the roundhouse back in October for TVA Wella Awards 2021! To play on that stage was unbelievable, we felt like a big boy bad.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Yes – Renegade is out now! The video drops on Friday 1st April. It’s the first of 5 singles that tie together to tell a short story visualised by connecting music videos. We wrote most of the songs in Lockdown and feel they are some of our more accomplished works – we have so much we want to get out!
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Renegade was one of those songs where you have absolutely no thought process before entering the studio. It was a hot day in Summer and we just wanted to create something BIG. Milo found this fat sounding drum plugin and we then took in turns at adding layers to the project. It was one of those days where the song writes itself. We’re usually on the same wavelength so feed off each others ideas. We like that the song has lots of separate sections and harmonies, cool synth bursts and a catchy chorus. It has essences of By The Way (RHCP), Sabotage (Beastie Boys) and Muse references too.
What was the recording process like?
Went to our home studio and made it up as we went along. Milo recorded and produced the track then Simon Jackman our good friend mixed and mastered the track with us.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
It is the first song that we have released that we didn’t record acoustic drums for – because we used many layers of samples and plugins it was a challenge to make the song without sounding too over produced and robotic but at the same time we wanted that big car chase energy. Nowadays there are a lot of band using samples and 808 drums which take away from the authenticity.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think there’s any point thinking about that, there is always things that can be improved with anything creative – we’re always writing new music and want to keep releasing regularly and moving forward. We’re getting better and better every day.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We are headlining a venue for Great Escape Festival in Brighton and then a couple gigs in Camden over Summer. We want to do a UK Tour and just keep releasing these singles with dope music videos. We would love a record deal for an Album too and to quit our jobs so we can focus on this full time!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.