RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NORWICH BAND SETTLEMENTS
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?
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.
Aiden: I Play Guitar and vocals in the band, started playing as a young teen
Brett: I play drums and I started playing when I was a kid
Charlie: I play lead guitar, I’ve been playing since I was very young
Bill: I play bass, I started learning as a teen as well
Name me your 3 favorite Albums.
Aiden: QOTSA – Era Vulgaris
Bill: Karnivool – Sound Awake
Charlie: Incubus – Morning View
Brett: SOAD – Steal this Album
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Brett: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – it was the first song that put me to sleep as a kid
Charlie: Sunshine of Your Love – my dad used to have it on in the background
Bill: For Whom The Bell Tolls – Learning bass for this was the one for every bassist to have ready
Aiden: In Bloom (Nirvana) – First song which blew my mind as a kid
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
It is hard because it’s always evolving, with social media playing such a huge role in there too. For us, we always knew it was going to take a lot of hard work, but no matter where we are, we just love what we do, we love playing and writing new music and we always will!
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?
We haven’t experienced this in our travels, we’ve always had people have a good time at our shows, but we wouldn’t accept this behaviour at all anyway. It’s something that needs stamping out very soon, maybe even more security just keeping eyes out for women if they are in trouble.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
We play with as many bands of many genres, we always keep our social media’s active and get to know our audience, sometimes we for beers after shows to get to know people.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
One of us fell into a drum kit
One of us got too drunk to play their instrument
We played with Dave Grohl
What do you think of Spotifys Monopoly?
It’s snookered a lot of people but it’s the way it’s going for a lot of bands in our area to pay for music promotion through playlists etc. There really should be a more given back to bands in regards to royalties as well, because let’s face it, payouts are crummy to say the least
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Atlantis is real, they wouldn’t have made a Disney film about it otherwise. But in all seriousness, we don’t have any highlighted ones (I mean the whole life in space is kind of a strange one), but life is strange as a whole, no one truly knows the full answer about these theories which makes them all the more mysterious!
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Industrial tubs of sweets, video games, and above all, music gear.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Aiden: I had a cold for one gig at a venue called The Waterfront Studio in Norwich, had all the works, runny nose, cough, etc. but I ploughed on as you do, bang down the Lemsips and get on. So we’re a good 15 mins into the set, already sweating like mad from moving about. I go to spin during one of our songs and felt this swinging under my nose, and it was snot, slinging about like a bell. It was horrific.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Not really much to surprise people with, other than Aiden met Stephen Fry and a petrol station on his way to a battle of the bands we were doing.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
We just love making music, whether it’s alt/funk/blues/metal, and more importantly, we aren’t afraid of showing people that, we’d like to think we are just not afraid to be who we want to be, we always want our shows to be 100% and we love every second of it!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
It’s our EP called Dreams, some songs we were always meaning to release before lockdown but never got around to it
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Charlie just loves making riffs and when it came to Queens, that was the one that picked us up back to the EP, Darkest Time and Into the Light was a song duo we came up with at practice and Dreams was a beautiful concoction of what it feels like to layer your mixes, it was really lovely!
What was the recording process like?
We recorded a lot of these before/during/after covid so it was disjointed to say the least, however, we got together when the lockdowns lifted and decided to re-record it all, and so we hired out the
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I think for us it was the process, we realised when you take your time with something that you truly care about, and really make the decisions you want to make, you get what you want in the end, and we feel this is how it’s come out for us. It’s taken us a while to really appreciate that but it’s for the better that it took the time it did!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
It’s the first set of songs that we feel don’t really need anything changing in them, as mentioned before, we are really, really happy with the outcome of this EP!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Not unless it’s following our socials and coming to our gigs, please, and thank you with sprinkles on top!