RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SOUTHEND BAND THE TRUSTED
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?
Music has kind of been a backbone throughout my entire life. There was always (good) music playing in our house. The big turning point was when my dad took me to see Peter Gabriel when I was 7 years old. That moment kind of put everything into perspective.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
So you got Dale (guitar), who is someone I’ve been writing music with for about ten years. We’ve got Fin on bass and Dave on drums. We came together around six years ago and we’ve growing ever since
What was life like for you before music?
I’ve been singing since I was like two so it’s hard to remember ahahaha.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
For me sledgehammer was the song that changed everything. That’s my national anthem
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
Somewhere between Mars and Mercury. It’s really hard to tell! The music industry is so mailable, its constantly changing. Because of this, it’s always hard to tell where you are. I like to think we are underneath, trying to cut through.
Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
I’ve had a lot people tell me to ‘trust your gut.’ It’s a very generic line, but it probably the most relevant piece of advice I have received
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?
I am massive U2 fan
I am a massive Duran Duran fan
I am a massive Talking Heads fan
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?
I’m not a big conspiracy theory guy, never really been my thing, although, the Elvis is still alive thing intrigues me. That might just be wishful thinking though.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I remember once we playing this great show. Things we were building and I was getting into it. Just as things were about to take off, I jumped on our bass player’s lead and pulled it out. The bass cut out and a great moment was ruined. So embarrassing, so Spinal Tap
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I like to think it’s our honesty. We have never done anything that isn’t true to us/ done anything that doesn’t align with our ideals. We never try and do things for the sake of looking cool or relevant. We are who we are
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
It’s a tune called Burning The Night and it’s about late night heartache. It’s the first song we’ve written in the 5/4.
What was the recording process like?
At first it was tough, due to the unusual time signature. It took a while for Dave our drummer to nail the weird time feel. Once we had that down, the rest of the process was pretty smooth sailing
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Every time we write a new song, we learn a new thing about structure. I think most people over look song structure, but we have learnt that this can have a massive impact on the quality of a song. We are always experimenting with this
Would you change anything now its finished?
There are a few things but I don’t like to dwell on it. Once our songs have dropped, I try to not think about the things that I don’t like
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?