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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON BAND WEDNESDAY’S CHILD

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?

Each of us grew up in different places and came to music in different ways. Music unites and brings us closer to each other. Our lives are richer because of it, and that is the feeling that keeps us going.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

We are a five-piece made up of Amelia, Emily, Georgia, Joel, and Patrick. A couple of years ago Emily and Georgia met and made their first Wednesday’s Child EP together, and then started working with more musicians for the live performances. That’s how Amelia, Joel and Patrick were introduced to the project, and we’ve been a little family ever since.

Name me your 3 favorite Albums.

We each have our own ever-changing favourite albums, but in the band, we collectively love Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Abbey Road by The Beatles, and Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in. How do you feel you are doing?

Joel was saying the other day that because there are so many obstacles for independent artists, to simply keep working and embracing opportunities is an achievement in itself. We are excited to have made the music we want to make, and to be releasing our new 7-track EP. We also have ambitions about moving the band forward, building shows into more immersive experiences and reaching a wider audience. Music is made to be heard.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

A good start would be getting more women and non-binary people into positions of power at the venues – they are the ones who are most keenly aware of these situations which feel unsafe. Also, booking more female and non-binary artists who have a more inclusive fangroup so that these aren’t predominantly male spaces. On a hopeful note, the three witches in the band – Amelia, Emily and Georgia – just took a trip to Berlin and noted how comfortable live music and club venues are over there. It’s all about respect and consent. UK – take note!

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

Although social media and streaming platforms help a lot with promotion and discovery, don’t underestimate the power of live shows and word of mouth. If people connect with your music in person, they will let others know about it and soon you will build a following. We are all there to help each other, and even though every band is aiming for certain goals, these are the times to be enjoyed as we all make things alongside each other.

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

Like everything, there are upsides and downsides. Artists should be paid more for their creations because it allows them to keep on creating. This needs to be addressed both within Spotify and beyond. Issues in the creative industries aren’t as small or simple as just one organisation. 

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

Aliens!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Gigging isn’t heart surgery – if something goes wrong, as long as no one is hurt, it is never as bad as it might feel onstage. It can be tricky when the sound is off and you can’t hear the others in the band, or if something goes awry in the audience, but gigs are meant to be enjoyed in all their imperfections!

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We enjoy playing with perceived boundaries, and we make the music we want to make instead of aiming for something popular and ‘perfect’. After we have created what we set out to in all its weirdness, then we work hard at polishing.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

We are in the process of releasing our new EP ‘Seven Sisters’ – seven songs about seven women. We have released 3 singles so far: Theda, Paula and Ronnie. Go forth and listen!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

We are inspired by women who write and rewrite their own stories, not necessarily exclusive to artistic figures, but also those in our own personal lives. Our band name is pulled from a rhyme about being born on each of the seven days of the week, so there was something synchronous about that connection to archetypes and rebirth.

What was the recording process like?

All seven songs were recorded live at a studio in the summer over 48 hours. We wanted to capture the energy of our live performances instead of inputting instrument by instrument on a computer in a more mechanical way. The whole studio experience was a beautiful one, and we are proud of how much we got done in a short space of time.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

The band officially became a five-piece as we were gearing up for the studio sessions, so learning to collaborate when more people are involved was really interesting. It was a process of collaboration, making sure everyone left their mark on each song.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, onwards!

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

It would be wonderful to get your support on streaming platforms and socials. We are @wednesdays_child_music on Instagram and WednesdaysChildMusic on Facebook. We have music videos on YouTube too!

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