RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND CROSSLIGHT
What made you decide to start the band?
For me personally (Charlotte vocalist) writing & creating music took me away from reality. Working on music was and is an escape. Coming into the practice room, all together as a band and as close friends, having a huge laugh whilst working on music allows us all to escape together and come out with music we thrash about on stage. Having people sing & dance along is just an added bonus to us all!
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Charlotte – Lead Vocals – She’s sassy and always up for a laugh. She works in Customer Experience for a small business called Sauce Shop outside of Crosslight. She brings to the table rough guitar, lyrics, and melodies and has a good ear for our tracks
Daniel – Bassist – The joker of the pack. Loves Tiki Fire a little too much. Business analyst but day and attached to music by night. Distorted bass & synth sounds are his specialty.
Joe – Drummer – He’s a smooth motherfucker. A superb goalkeeper and in Crosslight keeps us all bleedin in time! He pounds the shit out of his kit and comes up with great rolls to keep our songs flowin’.
Luke – Guitarist – Genuinely don’t think anyone played as much Pokemon as this guy. He has two Nintendos on at the same time. Supervisor in retail. Studied Music Performance at University. Sometimes he uses a small AF guitar on stage (it’s an electric ukulele.) His special talent is playing the Didgeridoo.
Tom – Guitarist – If he’s not working he’s making weird as fuck Sonic Youth sounds on his guitar pedals. Working within Mental Health Nursing. The main guy to fix anything that’s broken equipment-wise in the band. Guaranteed to know more about Radiohead than you.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
We have a lot of people around us that think the queen is a lizard
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Crossfight trophies… we were gonna have a tournament when we came out of lockdown but it still hasn’t happened
What is the most fun you have had on stage?
We played a gig in Leeds on our first ever UK tour and only had about 10 fans at the show watching us yet the crowd was big and mental. They were jumping on each other’s shoulders and moshing and bumping into each other. There was also another show where we convinced the crowd to play musical chairs whilst we played our set. That got out of hand quickly and I’m pretty certain a light got knocked over. Also pretty certain we got barred from playing there again. Oops!
What was the worst experience on stage?
Dan dislocated his knee on stage! Charlotte on vocals turned around halfway through a song to a crumpled bassist with his knee looking completely fucked up. Pretty sure there was a bone sticking out of his skin. Legit can’t remember all that much. I’ve suppressed the memory a tad and I’m sure Dan has too!
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Charlotte – Vocals – Doesn’t like horror movies and thinks mint chocolate is disgusting
Dan – Bassist – Has a barrel of rum tattoo on his leg
Joe – Has a minion tattoo on his arm
Luke – Only ever eats chicken and chips. Makes all supermarkets run out of BBQ sauce.
Tom – Does a better Charlotte impression than Charlotte
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe it?
Out of this world Haha. Distortion. Thick noise. Weird sounds. Experimental.
What makes you stand out as a band?
We aren’t afraid to challenge ourselves & try new experimental options for our music. Sticking to a mold isn’t really what we’re about and limiting ourselves to one genre could potentially stop new music that stands out.
Right now, what is annoying you the most?
That woman aren’t allowed to make decisions with their own bodies.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I believe most of us all love to play Submerge live. The guitar riff itself is based on the nursery rhyme Row Row Row Your Boat so that is really cool to play, it’s heavy and the chorus is catchy. Most of our fans enjoy the heaviness of the song.
I hear you have a new song out, what can you tell us about it?
‘Influenzers’ is the first of a 4 song EP created using everything but the kitchen sink.
This song emerged from the idea of a social media apocalypse, forcing everyone to follow influencers and do their bidding. This was inspired by the possibility of individuals using their influence on social media for the wrong reasons and not having their followers’ safety in mind. As a band we know full well that what we put on social media is only one side of the coin and only the side that we want people to see.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I guess the above answer answers that one as well to be honest!
What was the recording process like?
Long and actually quite difficult at points! We were working through the Covid period and after. I think making these 4 songs took us over 2 years. At times we felt like music parts weren’t working together correctly, or we’d need to finely pick at certain parts/mixing – but ultimately the overthinking to us was worth it. The response to Influenzers has been great with us receiving 3.2k views on the music video on YouTube in just 1 month and having the track played on BBC Introducing was great too. We just can’t wait to release the remaining few songs!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Learning to accept decisions and just trusting our gut. We spend far too long to-ing and fro-ing about minute things; it just elongated the process.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
Nope! Honestly, we’re really pleased with what we have and the best part is that we mixed and mastered this by ourselves. It feels even more of an accomplishment due to this also. Luke, our guitarist, did play a big part with the mixing; but altogether we’ve picked apart every song on this EP individually and we believe the result works.
What are your plans for the years ahead?
To keep writing music that people want to listen to mainly. We’d love to continue to tour with fantastic bands and get ourselves on more festivals such as Mangata Festival which we’re playing in our hometown of Nottingham on the 17th of July (go check out the festival if you haven’t already! Fantastic lineup). Definitely keep writing new, fresh music and inspire anyone and everyone around us that will listen.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?