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THE MANIFEST

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW YORKSHIRE BAND THE MANIFEST

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

Introduce us to the members of the band and your musical history.

There are four of us in the band and the great thing about the Manifest is that we all play several instruments, all bring something different in terms of style and approach and most importantly there are no egos in this band. 

We have all come from different backgrounds, Bob and Claire have studied music which brings some structure. While Ian plays bass he is also a classical guitarist and Adam found his way into music via the grunge bands of the 90’s. The one commonality is a recognition of when something sounds good – go with it.

What was life like for you before music?

I think for all of us music has been a big part of growing up, when we all talk about big moments in our lives they usually come with a soundtrack.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

We are all a bit different on this one as we have a big range of ages in the band but in terms of The Manifest, we have all bonded over bands like War On Drugs, DIIV, Doves, and The Cure – bands that feel their way whilst writing songs.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

It’s pretty wild to think we are even part of it – but we gig and put out music so I guess we are – somewhere just beyond the horizon – but we are there playing to a few loyal fans.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Eddie Vedder said: “If it doesn’t happen fast, it doesn’t happen.” Although we do take our time, I think we would agree if you’re not feeling it it’s not right.

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

We seem to have a super fan somewhere in Ohio, ‘The Lovers’ has been played in 10 countries. We never write about people we know!

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More time together – life is so busy!

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss…

Yeah, we do worry about that, but less so from a self-censorship perspective, and more from a point of concern about how can people express an opinion or make a mistake – it’s so at odds with what music represents.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Yes – Donald Trump is made of clay.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Adam was once sponsored by a label called Banana Studios – getting pelted by bananas makes you question yourself mid-set!

In an older band, Bob fell over the drumkit and promptly finished their set early.

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.

Claire is the youngest by 10 years but brings the best bants

Bob, although being very friendly, gets serious in the studio – like no messing

Ian has an annoyingly successful career

Adam generally has no idea what chords he is playing, it’s all ear

What makes you stand out as a band?

The no ego rule is a big one, there is no agenda – we just love making music.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

The latest single is called ‘3 Day Week.’ Essentially, it’s a love song against the backdrop of civil strife. We’ve all been through something these past years and although many things went into lockdown, life continued and in many ways, we got closer to some of the essentials: love, friendship, family and true purpose. Funny that when you strip luxury away we often become clearer on what really matters.

What was the recording process like?

It’s always good – we do bits and pieces, send it around the band, listen to it in our houses, discuss and end up with something we are all happy with. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Good question – probably getting used to writing around Claire’s singing. She is so incredible we need to set her up to let loose.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

It’s always the same – more time together, not to improve quality but because we like being together. 

One thing that we’ll think about for the future is how to talk to AI. For this single, we also released our first-ever music video. We found a great video graphic artist who specialises in AI, however, we need to get better at briefing because, although the result was a great video, the context came out different to how we expected.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Yes, Donald Trump is made of clay.

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