RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SHEFFIELD BAND THE DISTANCE
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Talk us through how the band came together?
Well, music has always been a big part of our individual lives. It was during the 2020 lockdown when we were stuck isolating together, we started jamming some ideas. It was a pretty organic process really. Once we had a few songs down, we recorded them and the passion project was born! We are currently working as a duo but looking to gain new band members when we start gigging.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
We both come from musical backgrounds, both being musical from an early age and pursuing this into adulthood. I had more of a pop/jazz/blues background, working as a session singer and touring with bands and theatre shows. Quentin was more involved in the London music scene, playing lead guitar for a popular indie band before starting a more rock influenced group, Raging Bull, in which he provided lead guitar and vocals. The two of us met whilst at a gig in London. We got chatting and realised we both have similarly diverse and eclectic musical taste, which made for some fun and productive jam sessions! This varied taste has really helped us develop a musical style of our own. We seem to work creatively very well together, and are really proud of what we have created so far.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Absolutely! Connection is really important for creatives, regardless of where we live, so it’s great to reach as many people as possible.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I can’t pretend I haven’t done a late-night deep-dive into the whole ‘Paul McCartney died and was replaced by a lookalike’ conspiracy, but generally, no. We’re pretty open minded though!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Yes. Too many takeaways and bottles of wine!
What useless party trick do you have?
Bridie can sing with her mouth closed. So it sounds like a tiny person is trapped inside her mouth.
Quentin can pull out the Napoleon Dynamite dance if the occasion arises.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
The stripped-back sound and the harmonies are usually what people say they connect with the most when listening to our music.
We’re not trying to follow any trends, and as we aren’t signed to a record label, we have the creative freedom to go with what works for us. We just try to be honest in what we create, and if it speaks to us then we go with it.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I hear you have new music out, what can you tell us about it?
So our debut single, ‘Is This All There Is’ was released on 30th July. It was written, recorded and mixed by us before being sent to L.A. to be mastered by the amazing Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering. The video was also created by us and was released a week after the single, on the 7th August.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Having both lived in London, the song is really about reflecting on how city life differs from rural living. The people we met, the stories, all seemed to have this basic theme of ‘living to work’ rather than working to live. The pressures of living in a big city mean that all your time and energy is used on working just enough to survive another month, and you miss out on the important things in life that we all need to thrive and be happy. The song is about realising that we all deserve more than that.
What was the recording process like?
One of the things we managed to do during lockdown was repurpose a spare room into a music studio. We soundproofed everything and took time making it a really calming environment to escape into. The recording process was pretty smooth. As Quentin is a recording engineer and producer, we were able to do everything from home before sending to be mastered in LA.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Lyrically, it was about keeping it simple. When you’re really into an idea, it’s easy to want to add more explanations, more lyrics, to get your point across. But actually, sometimes simple lyrics with room to breathe provide more clarity of meaning and leave room for interpretation. It certainly was the case for this song at least.
We also learned how important it is to get out of the room for a while when you’re going through the recording and mixing process. You can get so lost in the mix that you think you’re doing a great job, but can come back an hour later and realise that what you thought was brilliant is actually not so great!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We will continue to write and record the album, releasing and sharing new tracks throughout the process…
We’d also like to expand the band, have a few new members which will add a different creative dynamic to the group. Then when the album is complete we will be gigging!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the world?
Yes! Our social media links and links to streaming services to hear our music can all be found here: