RGM Introducing: We Interview Manchester band Live on Acid
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 Live on Acid?
We’d known each other for a few years since Anthony moved up to Manchester and had a few sessions just tinkering with synths etc but then decided to crystalise that into writing finished tracks. It took us a while to find the sound we both liked and everything’s been clicking there for about a year now.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
We’re a duo so it’s Anthony & Matt – Anthony’s background is breaks and electro-house but more as a DJ than a producer and Matt has been dabbling in electronic music and synthesisers for years – inspired by some of the synth-pop legends of the late 70s and 80s as well as more modern techno and house sounds.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Hahaha, Matt claims that he doesn’t think dinosaurs are real – not through any religious thing or another hang-up. He just told me once he “didn’t think people had looked into it enough” – which blows your mind when you think about the whole school of science dedicated to it. We tend to give him quite a hard time about it.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Probably just useless trivia / knowledge retention. That or making a bar-crab.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I think it’s always the little pub/back room gigs that randomly go off – those always stick in the mind. We’re yet to play a gig together as Live on Acid so probably more things like that to come. Any promoters out there please do get in touch though!!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Definitely my first ever mix out in public – I even remember the tune Beber & Tamra – “You Wonder” (Starecase Remix) I nailed the mix and I was so relieved I looked up, took a sip of beer then pressed “stop” on the wrong deck killing the music – the set pretty much went downhill from there.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
I was backstage once ages ago and one of the warm up bands was really keen that we all came out and watched them and was giving out loads of merch. I think we listened from backstage but when I got home I emptied my pockets and one of my housemates picked up a badge I’d been given and said “who are the Kaiser Chiefs?” I often wonder what happened to them – they seemed good.
Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?
Matt because you’re never sure whether he’s just really late or not coming. Keeps you on your toes.
Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun)
Also Matt… see above. If he says he’ll be ready to make tracks in the studio by 5 pm then what that means is you’ll definitely be ready for bed by the time he’s “just getting in a taxi”
What makes you stand out as a band?
I don’t think we feel constrained by musical trends/fashions so we’re making electronic music that is maybe a little different from a lot of what’s out there – I think it appeals to people as having a retro feel which we didn’t set out to do – but have definitely landed on. We’re making stuff that we’d want to dance to on a night out and so far the response to it has been positive.
I hear you have a new EP brewing, what can you tell us about it?
Yep – the Fragile Minds EP. It’s our 4th release on the Manchester label “Self Destructing Robot” and it’s the first one that’s featured remixes of our tracks. It includes remixes from Fast Ghost, Roughion, and The Running Man which is getting some love and airplay on BBC Introducing Manchester. We love all the remixes and what they bring to the EP as a whole.
Talk me through the thought process of the EP?
It’s based around the title track Fragile Minds which is one of the favourite things I think we’ve written, and Ether which is the first track we wrote when we finally found our “sound”- about a year ago – it felt like a turning point track for us – we definitely have a pre-Ether phase and a post-Ether phase – although the pre-Ether phase hasn’t been heard in public.
What was the recording process like?
For Ether, it came together really quickly. I think Matt had bought an Akai Force which is where the drums and the bassline are from, then we had a Maleko Heavy Industries Manther (a 101-clone on steroids) which did the lovely moving synth lines throughout it. We don’t own either of those bits of kit anymore so playing that one live may be a challenge!
For Fragile Minds, it’s a bit more traditional approach for our tracks, Elektron Analog Rytm for the drums and percussion, Xoxbox 303 clone for the bassline, and a couple of other synths for the pads and main melodic line. Once we had the building blocks for it the arrangement came together in a single evening and we’re really pleased with how it hangs together.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
For a while, we thought about re-recording the bassline for Fragile Minds but while we considered it, the track really grew on us as it is. So nothing really – maybe give the correct BPM on the stems to the guys remixing to make their lives easier – sorry Roughion and The Running Man!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We have an album ready and mastered which we’re working out what to do with. We could put it out on Self Destructing Robot but I think we’re also keen to test the market and see if there is a label with greater reach/following that might do it more justice. If anyone reading this has a label then please do get in touch – we’d love to talk to you about it – it has an incredible album title!
Other than that we’re working on a live set in addition to our DJ sets so we’re hoping to play a few gigs over the next few months.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thanks for listening to our music and reading about us, we’re genuinely overwhelmed by how positive everyone has been about what we’re doing.