RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SOUTHEND BAND SAN QUENTIN
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?
We decided to form the band for the sole purpose of fun and pass time. We all met together knowing we enjoyed similar music styles and all played instruments so thought what better to do then get in a room and make some loud loud noise.
Introduce us to the members and your musical history.
So we have 5 members Owen, Liam, Luke, Nick & Dan. We are 5 piece indie rock band hailing from the essex coast, Southend-on-Sea. We have been together for 2 years, released 6 songs, playing festivals such as Y Not & Isle of Wight. 4 sell-out shows across London and essex and also a little tour of the UK. Also we have been featured on BBC, Radio X and XS Manchester.
Name me your 3 favorite albums.
Definitely Maybe – Oasis
Seventeen Going Under – Sam Fender
Stadium Arcadian – RHCP
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
The first bit of music that sparked life in me would probably have to be the red hot chilli peppers live jams. Something clicked when I listened and watched the chaos and thought, I want abit of that
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
I think we are doing well, no illusion to the fact we are very early on, but how far we have come in such a short space of time is really impressing us, to be honest.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
I think the best way is to put yourself out there on all platforms, don’t think you are too cool to drop someone a message on insta or put a silly video on tik tok, at the end of the day so many people use these platforms it seems stupid not use them.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I think Spotify is a necessary tool to get your music out there. It is the only platform we use to listen to music so we know how easy it is to find new music and new bands you may like. All though the payment for streams is lower than you would want, that is what life is like now and you have to just accept it and keep plugging your music constantly.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
We believe that Tupac and Elvis are still alive. Don’t ask how or why but we feel it.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Haha yes tickets to Sam fender and Catfish and the bottle man both got canceled. The tissues were then necessary
What was the worst experience on stage?
We did a whole gig in Bristol, and gave it our all, leaving nothing on the stage. Just to find out the sound engineer had not turned on our main vocals. A night of instrumental.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Luke is addicted to mayo
Nick paints war hammer figures
Liam laughs at nick painting warm hammer figures
Dan research’s paint for his car
Owen once played for Southend United Development Squad a goalkeeper
What makes you stand out as a band?
Probably our height is a defo most of the band is above 6ft 4 in terms of music we are chaotic on stage, the music is fast-paced and upbeat. We look to grab everyone’s attention and make sure everyone is having a great time.
I hear you have a new track out, ‘You’re Lost’, what can you tell us about it?
The track is a stab at society and how it can absorb the youth. Many people growing up are lost with no way to turn and no understanding of where to go. We like to fill the chorus with optimism to show there is a way out.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.
The songs are written by Liam, he takes the tune to us and we write our own parts. Owen will then take the lyrics and spin his own version of how it is sung. Once all is formed it is demo’d and taken to our producer ready for recording.
What was the recording process like?
It was very interesting, all the parts went down very quickly which allowed a lot of space to work on different types of sounds and backing vocals to bring the song to life. We wanted to do the song justice and with our producer, the whole process felt right and it all worked.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?
One of the biggest learning curves was actually cutting the tune down. It was originally another part and chorus longer, but we felt to have that more punchy effect we could take off the later bit. This was found out after leaving the studio from the weekend so it’s left us knowing for future tunes, that can be altered away from the studio too.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
No, we wouldn’t. At the moment the song was the song. You can spend all year making something better but when does it it stop. We are overall very happy and very excited for the song to be played to the people.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Make sure you follow our journey and make sure you support the music scene there are bands all around ready for everyone. They give their heart and soul to the music as we do. So head to gigs and enjoy yourself. And more importantly, come to our gigs haha.