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 decided music was for me very gradually, my music taste became more eclectic and I fell in love with a lot of indie bands at a very early age. I knew in primary school there was no one else in the class that liked the bands I liked, or even bands at all. I took guitar lessons and wanted to be a member of The Killers.
Introduce us you to you all and your musical history?
The Ocelots are myself (Ashley) and my brother Brandon. We come from a small town in Ireland called Wexford, and our musical history came quite late. We didn’t have a musical family, but our older sister was a fantastic pop vocalist and always encouraged music upon us. When we gained our confidence to play and perform, we shared a mutual love of Bob Dylan and The Beatles with our Grandmother.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
The music industry is not a competition I would like to win, however I do strive for a long-lasting musical career. If I can do that without proving myself to an industry like a peacock in a botanical garden then I’m all for it.
How has your song writing skills developed over time?
My writing skills have developed a lot over time. That’s been very exciting for me as an artist. My taste for a good lyric or melody has developed, but I still think I have the capacity to write some truly dreadful songs, before one that I like comes along.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about females not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
Yeah, we need to speak up about that. There are a lot of creepy people out there. We don’t have any tolerance for that.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Facebook and Instagram are pay-to-play. My number one tip is to have rich parents.
Whats your thought on Spotifys monopoly on the music industry?
Fantastic. I love capitalism.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
A press release.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We were playing a show in a regional town in Southern Italy. There were about 5 people there. One of them fell asleep and loudly snored throughout our gig. People couldn’t get him to wake up. When he finally woke up after our show, he asked for selfies and merchandise. He then said he couldn’t afford the merchandise so we just gave him it for free. It was very tough to continue to be polite in this moment haha.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Brandon HATES going to the merchandise table after our shows.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
Really long legs.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
We have a new single called Addlepated, which is a word meaning confused or distracted. It is about a complicated, but passionate romance between Alice in Wonderland and Jack in the Beanstalk. I wrote it, and our friends Basciville produced it. They are geniuses.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Usually we write them alone and arrange them together. We rarely write together, but sometimes we exchange a line or idea or two. We play the songs live until we’re sick of them.
What was the recording process like?
Recording is always very difficult for us. We’re very chaotic players, but also perfectionists. We’ve let a lot of recordings go.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Arranging songs for recording rather than playing live is always a strange process with so many more variables. When you can do everything you usually procrastinate and do nothing. With the new songs, its always a way in which to give them the most life in recordings.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
If I did, the producers would kill me.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Everything. I want to release all of our music as soon as possible. It kills me these songs aren’t released already.