Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
I’ve not seen you since playing Party in the Pews last year. How are things?
Really good mate thanks! Just keeps getting busier.
Let’s go back a bit, what made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’d probably say that I couldn’t stop moving my feet when my brothers played Aerosmith! Or when Jeff Buckley would hit a note that would send shivers down my spine. And the Spice Girls made me scream at the top of my lungs. A full body response was telling me there’s something in this.
Name your 3 favorite Albums.
Jeff Buckley – Grace, No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom, and after that it gets a little blurry as to who would take third place! Foos?
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact song since I grew up on so much. I went from rock to pop a lot. TOTO – Hold The Line however is a perfect example of a pop song in a rock outfit. Cracking tune.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
We are certainly grafting and making solid progress but yes, it’s certainly hard to make a living from it at the moment. I suppose you just have to focus on what you can control. There’s no right or wrong way to navigate it. You just have to do your best. And focus on why you are doing it.
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?
It’s interesting that you use the word “debate,” and I guess promising that you ask what is needed to help. I suppose across all people it all boils down to equal respect at gigs for people’s comfort. If someone asks you to create a bit of space. Honour that. The whole point of everyone being in that room, is because of their shared love for that artist and their music. It’s the bare minimum really to be able to enjoy that safely and not be reckless. Respect each other’s boundaries. There’s a lot of lad culture surrounding music which enables a drunken sometimes rowdy atmosphere, I think this is when it mostly occurs. A bit of communication goes a long way. Not everyone feels at ease in those situations.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything specific, we mostly use our music over stories on FB and Instagram on images/videos to cover all bases. And sometimes play stripped back versions to offer a different take on our material.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
My parents live in Macclesfield.
I have a black belt in karate.
My middle name is Olivia.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Oh god… lemme think. We played a 300-cap venue in Milton Keynes last year and the venue promoted it on the wrong night. It was a great venue but as a result, we played for two people. Rachel and Craig. Legends.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
If we knew we’d be famous right? Haha. I guess one thing we’ve always been open about is our work ethic and honesty as a band. We are an open book in that sense. Whether that means we stand out I don’t know. But it’s something we take pride in. And we just want people to have fun. I’d like to think our gigs are just like a massive party. Celebration. A release of the week’s stresses.
What was the recording process like?
Our processes change. It’s hard to get the time to fully consider our songs sometimes as much as we like. We’re talking small details you wouldn’t notice now but we always get the songs fully worked up. I tend to write a demo and bring it forward and do a final demo with Piers and Brodie in our rehearsal studio to humanize the songs, before we go to the recording studio to record it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I did some co-writes last year and that has to be the best education I could’ve had. I’ve learnt a lot about different ways of approaching an arrangement and it made me think outside the box when writing solo.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Common answer you’ll always get. You can ALWAYS find something you’d change however. It doesn’t mean I’d change it. The important thing is to know when to stop and that can be hard when you’re a perfectionist!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Why not hah. Whatever you want to do or be in life. Give it full send. Don’t half arse it. Love as hard as you live!
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