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ONE LAST DAY

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW ONE LAST DAY 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?

I think we could all safely say that we have grown up listening to music and were inspired from it at an early age.

Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?

I am Gareth, the guitarist in the band. I have previously played in a number of bands, the most recent of which before One Last Day was an industrial rock band called Ghost In The Static.

Our vocalist is called Alex, and he was previously in a metal band called Bad Solution, who had quite a good run before Alex left, including playing European tours.

John, on lead guitar, started One Last Day alongside me, and was previously playing in a band called Silvatone, an alt rock band from the Berkshire area.

Huw, on bass, joined One Last Day in June 2023. Before this, he was guitarist in a metal band called Schemata Theory before their eventual end, making quite a name for themselves up and down the UK.

Connor on drums, joined the band in August 2023, and before this played in alt rock band Call Of Sirens.

What was life like for you before music?

For me personally, I was in school before I started playing music, however I always listened to music and had an interest in learning music but never did until I left school. I wouldn’t want to go into too much detail about my school life (it feels like a long time ago!) – so much has happened since, and a lot of down to me picking up a guitar in college with some friends.

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

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you at all. I have memories of listening to a range of musical styles in the late 80s when my parents would play music, ranging from hard rock to disco and everything in between. I do have a memory of listening to the radio in the back seat of a car when I was a child (probably around 1991 due to the songs), and both Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Metallica “Enter Sandman” came on the radio and they both sounded very dark and heavy and I was very intrigued.

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

We sit firmly in grassroots scene at the moment. There are many bands in grassroots music with so much talent, it really is a great time to be part of it for that reason. Although, many venues have closed their doors over the last few years, so we need to do what we can to keep it alive.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

When I was studying music production in college, I learned that a good music producer can really help shape your sound as a band and take you to the next level. I would suggest that this can be very important for any band wanting to take their sound up a notch (of course budgets can always be an issue for young musicians, so work within your means).

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I am nearly 40 years old, I don’t consider myself to be the best musician I can be just yet! I have some strange tattoos in some even more strange places!

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

Having an unlimited amount of money to do whatever I want would be great!

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Yes, I think this is a big concern for anyone who wants to have their name out there. Understandably, there are plenty of people who deserve to be “cancelled”, but I feel that the public can sometimes jump to the worst possible scenario and not give the individual an opportunity to learn and grow from previous mistakes. As humans, we all make errors, and it’s how we evolve from these and improve ourselves that we should remembered for. But, having said that, some people really are unredeemable.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

None that I’ve heard yet. I’ve not given it much thought to be honest.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I can’t think of any particularly bad experiences to be honest. I always have a great time! Maybe a piece of equipment wasn’t working correctly once or two, but I always figure out a way around it.

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

I don’t think anything we do surprises anyone to be honest!

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We show a large range of influences in our music, however are quite focussed on modern hard rock. Alex, our vocalist, definitely has a unique voice.

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

We have a new song called “It’s A Sin (Don’t Give Up)” out now on all streaming platforms. It’s a hard rock song directed at both fellow musicians and music fans, and is a message to keep on pushing and not giving up on your goals and your dreams. We hope people can relate to it.

What was the recording process like?

We record everything at home before sending it off to be mixed and mastered. The first step is to demo everything, including mapping out some drums on a midi track. We then record the drums (most recently using an electric drum kit) in my home studio. Then all the guitars will be recorded properly. We will add some extra layers of guitars as necessary. Huw tends to record the bass guitar at his home studio and sends the files over to me. Occasionally we will add some extra parts (strings, synths etc) to fill out the sound, before then recording vocals at my home studio. It’s at this point we usually add harmonies and any additional vocal parts. 

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

The latest single was the first song to be written with Huw and Connor (although they both featured on the previous single also), so learning to incorporate both of their ideas into the songs and making the songwriting process more open for new ideas is always an interesting process. I think as a songwriter, one should always be open minded to a different view of the track (whether it’s from another musician in the band, a producer or an outside songwriter you might work with). That doesn’t mean that the best approach is to change a song you’ve already written, but there’s nothing wrong with having someone else’s opinion and ideas thrown into the process.

Would you change anything now its finished?

I don’t like to think about what could have been. Having said that, I am very happy with how this song turned out.

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

We are on tour with US hard rock band Pistols At Dawn from the 28th Feb to 3rd Mar (in the UK), so please come along and show your support!

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