How have you been?
We’ve been great thank you! We’ve been keeping really busy and working hard on our new release. Definitely looking forward to Christmas now.
Can you tell us more about your new track ‘Somebody’?
Somebody is a song that we’ve had half-finished for well over a year. Every now and again we’d keep going back to it and throw ideas around. More recently, we’ve been listening to a lot of RnB and dance remixes of our favourite bands such as The 1975, which has really helped us gather new ideas/inspirations for the track. We decided that we wanted to write a more upbeat track that we could see ourselves dancing to, something riskier than our earlier material because we think it better shows off our personalities. Luckily, in September 2015, we managed to land a support slot for Sigma at Huddersfield Freshers Festival and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase some of our upbeat material. Within seconds of us starting to play ‘Somebody’, the whole crowd had started dancing and it was clear to see they were really hooked and connecting with us.
The song itself is based around themes of attraction. Our official video illustrates the story of a young student who becomes extremely attracted to a professional dancer. As the video progresses, it shows how much the pair grow feelings for one another on a more emotional level. Our official video is due to be released at the end of December.
How was the writing and recording process for the single?
Lewis: I really enjoyed writing ‘Somebody.’ I’ve never written a song like it before, so it gave me a chance to listen to lots of new music and gather new inspirations. On the road, Ian and myself had been listening to a lot of Chris Brown’s stuff, and we really started to home in on some of the little bits of production in his work. I really picked up on the tight rhythm of his vocals, which is what I think makes them incredibly catchy. From the moment that I recorded the 5 notes that open the song, everything else seemed to flow very easily. I knew Ian would be able to write a beat that would really suit the song and his own drum style, so its safe to say we were onto a winner! I recorded the majority of the track in my home studio. Then I took what I had to Ian who recorded all of the separate drum parts. We then worked with a brilliant producer called Ed Heaton who did a fantastic job bringing life and colour to the song. He recorded and produced all of the vocals too and you could tell with some of his techniques that he definitely knows his RnB! Finally, we took the track to Grant Henderson who recorded our Debut EP ‘What’s Up?’ He helped us really tighten the whole track and did a great job with the mix. The song was mastered by Hot Money Records.
Ian: We thought it would be a good idea to to release one of our tracks with a slightly more commercial edge, opening up our music and us as a band to the masses. The track isn’t exactly like the rest of our music but it does however hold all the concepts and attributes of music that we love. It just clicked, mainly because we both knew what we were looking for and listening out for, instant clarity and attraction. For me, writing drums for a track like this is just rhythm and groove that all contributes to the flow. If you have the flow its the perfect foundation for a great track.
Can we expect an album any time soon?
You can definitely expect an album, but I think it may be some time away yet. We definitely have an albums worth of material but we’d like to spend some more time improving our sound and increasing our fan base.
How has the road been treating you?
We’d say, like most bands probably do, gigging is 100% our favourite part of the job which is why we try to keep ourselves as busy as possible. Since February 2014 we’ve played 244 gigs, its been so tiring but worth it 100% because our profile, music and musicianship has grown with it. We’ve learnt so much about our own sound and each other as musicians on stage. It also gives us a chance to connect with so many amazing artists. We’ve had the opportunity to play some amazing venues such as The Sage in Gateshead and Sheffield Cathedral for Tramlines Festival. We also played on the canopy stage at Greenbelt festival which is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen, especially at night. But yes, we pride ourselves in our ability to entertain an audience which is why we think we’ve had so many great support slots (Example, DJ Fresh, Ella Eyre, Sigma, Pendulum, Mistajam, The Hoosiers, Aquilo, The Japanese House & more).
What’s happening next?
At the moment we are obviously just concentrating as much as we can on the current release. We do have plans to release another single around April time. We’d say the final 40 seconds or so of ‘Somebody’ is a good example of what to expect in the next one. Its going to be much more explosive!
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