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MUTUAL BLUE

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MUTUAL BLUE WHAT HAPPENED?

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?

Ed: “I think it was a bit different for all of us actually. Me and Aidan met at freshers week during uni and knew that we wanted to do music together straight away. We had both come to uni looking to make a career out of music.”

Peter: “Yeah for me, personally, it might not seem conventional but didn’t really see anything else as an option… Music seemed like the only thing I could honestly find myself pursuing a full-time career in.”

Jack: “Absolutely, and realising that music breaks through boundaries of hierarchy that other art forms cannot really fixed me on the idea of doing music full time.”

Aidan: “Yeah, when me and Ed met it was pretty clear that we wanted to do music together but also most of my family are musicians and brought me up with good music and influences which got me hooked on music from a young age.”

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Ed: “Yeah, so I’ve got a very musical family and my uncles both play in a band who we’ve supported at a show actually, and so for me I’ve been surrounded by music all my life.”

Peter: “For me I actually got a guitar quite late as a teenager and fell in love with music when stealing artists to listen to from my older brother. At the time It seemed really taboo because he slightly wanted to gatekeep his music taste to himself which just made me want to explore said music even more.”

Jack: “I played in cover bands through secondary and college, they got really into grunge, country and jazz. I started forming orginals bands, playing in the Cornwall scene, and since coming to London it’s been mostly Mutual Blue, an incredible journey so far, with some side projects, both just for work and other passion projects too.”

Aidan: “Yeah, some of my earliest memories were in the car on long journeys listening to bands such as Extreme, Level 42 and Muse. My brother had a drum kit when I was very little and all I wanted to do was play. This led me to getting my own kit and having lessons.”

What was life like for you before music?

Peter: “I really didn’t have that much going for me before these guys, not trying to be negative but I’ve really learnt tonnes from them all since joining with them back in 2022.”

Jack: “Not much of a life to be honest, ha ha.”

Ed: “I got into music from such a young age that I can’t remember what it was like not having music around. That being said, I didn’t know I wanted to do music as a full career until I was in a band at secondary school. Before that, blimey, I can’t imagine I did anything very cool haha!”

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Ed: listening to Suede and The House Of Love when I was a young teenager, maybe “Metal Mickey” or “Safe” really made me want to be a rockstar like Bernard Butler or Terry Bickers, but it was also totally, secretly R U Mine? by the monkeys. They got everyone into being a band didn’t they”

Jack: “FREEBIRD.”

Aidan: “Muse – Time is running out.”

Peter: “No One Knows by Queens, for sure!”

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Ed: “Currenlty very, very low down I think ha ha ha. We occupy a nice little space in the West London scene I reckon. People know us around there.”

Jack: “We’re all in the same boat, bailing water where we can. We have our following of lovely listeners who like what were doing. And I cannot overstate the importance of our manager and the band members giving 100%. We have a small crew but we all do our part to move in the right direction.

Aidan – On the right path. A very long one, but the right one.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Peter: “Being kind and punctual gets you a long way. I mean, it probably seems obvious but treat people the way you want to be treated. If you have something to teach, you definitely have something to learn from the people you meet.

Jack: “The importance of prior preparation and punctuality. It goes so far because when time is tight, as it often is for musicians, the time spent together rehearsing should be dedicated to playing over and over again having already learned them. Courtesy of Simon from Reservoir Stogs.

Aidan: “My drum teacher who taught me nearly all I know on the drums, and I have to say Ed has taught me how to work within a band and the music industry very well.”

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Peter: “Ummm, unlimited studio time and a guitar string company endorsement, ha ha!”

Ed: “Yeha peter needs that, he has an incredible ability to break a string before most shows.”

Aidan: “A golden ticket that gives free access to any studio or collaboration.”

What was the worst experience on stage?

Peter: “Forgetting how to play an entire song and having to blag on stage, was quite embarrasing.”

Ed: “Oh, really which tune was that?”

Peter: “Ha ha, don’t worry, that wasn’t with Mutual Blue. I never forget guitar parts for our songs.”

Ed: “Feels like it some nights.”

Jack: “Falling over drunk and landing on a sharp bit of a mic stand… The accident was 5 years ago and I still have a scar.”

Aidan: “Was playing at a wedding and counted in the band wrong, no one was in time with eachother. The song fizzled out before the first chorus…”

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Jack: “My aunty, Shez Weller, married Paul Weller’s brother. If Ed eats gluten he gets long.

Ed – “Oh yeah, that’s a real good one! I’d forgotten that.”

Aidan: “Peter might be the wackiest boy but Ed is the most dogmatic. I’m completely normal and not silly at all. I don’t even drink before I drum.”

Peter: “Did you know, I’m actually the funniest in the band.”

Ed “Ok, well that’s not true is it?”

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Ed: “We’re planning a lot of releases for this summer and we’re planing to work with some  cool producers on a demo record and hopefully at that point we’ll see where we’re at with everything. Also going on our first tour this April, so hopefully that will widen our audience horizons.”

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

Peter: “Yeah, I mean the band has been pretty focused on getting in the studio as much as playing live. We love being in the studio and it’s also a major part of our writing process, often brings out some of our most memorable parts. She Plays For Time, our new single, is a great example of how songs really come together in the studio for us.”

Ed: “Yeah, we had been working on the track for over a year and, as you said Pete, it really only came together in the final few days in the studio. It marks the new era for the band and that we’ŗe hopefully moving in a slightly better direction with a more distinct sound ”

Jack: “It’s one of my favourites!”

What was the recording process like?

Peter: “We like to keep the environment as authentic to playing live as we can, especially with drums and bass. We tend to track them at the same time so Aidan and Jack can lock in and reallly get the groove down.”

Ed: “It’s often pretty last minute these days, once me and Pete have finished the main recoridng in the studio we then spend the next few days recording the rest in his flat, it just gives us far more flexibilty and more time in general, I end up singing into his closet for a few hours.

Aidan: “For me the recording process is always quite smooth. I’m not a producer so I mainly just record my parts and talk with the others about the mix. Although I am a perfectionist so it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.”

Jack: “I was really chuffed with how the bass tone came out, it’s just a straight DI from an early 1990s Sansamp drive box into the desk. I only wish I had been able to use my bass for the session, I picked it up about a week later!”

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

Ed: “I think sort of what we touched on earlier was about having to be patient with the songs and that they often only come together fully last minute, so not be worried about it early on. I think also trying to balance everyones influences and suggestions which just being together and playing and writing more has developed that and we’re certainly more on the same lines now which is nice.”

Peter: “Yeah, really learning how to listen to eachother, both literally and musically is incredibly imporant

Aidan: “That complicated doesn’t mean better. I learned that during recording less is more.”

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Jack: “I could have retracked the bass with the new and improved part that I’ve formed in the months since recording it.”


Peter: “Ha ha, Jack tends to forget we already recorded songs and then continues to outdo himself with even better parts that make us all kick ourselves wishing they were the originals.”

Aidan: “Nothing can ever be perfect, I would always go back and change something I played but that’s just because I’m a harsh critic to myself. Overall, I’m very happy with how the tune evolved.”

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