Rob: Cheers man, We are well as ever! Gigging, writing and festivaling! Enjoying the sunny vibes in-between of course.
Akeba: Peace. All good my friend. Thank you for having us.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Warning”?
Rob – We released Warning on the 12th of August as a music video. The song tells a story of political uncertainty and offers a warning of things that could happen if people don’t wake up and recognise issues that are around them.
Akeba: Take heed of the warning signs in life before they impact you or those around you negatively. No one wants that do they?
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Rob – I think it was more of a collection of events, which are still amassing. We managed to release the track in quite a relevant time – there seem to be a lot of uncertainties at present what with England leaving the EU. The song speaks of noticing bad things before they happen and standing up for the little man who suffers from political or corporate injustice.
Akeba: Even in relation to political events going on across the world, big corporations are controlling masses for their own personal gain. Things are not right!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Akeba: Check out our Facebook page or search us on YouTube to see the video
Rob – Way ahead of ya my friend.
How was the recording and writing process?
Rob – Akeba and me were living together at the time and so spent most days jamming and writing in the house. We work well together which has come from a couple of years of writing with each other. We both bring elements that help craft the songs into what they are.
Akeba: Rob worked as a night technician in the university studios whilst I had free access to book them out whenever I liked. We recorded this and a few other tracks during the early morning whilst the streets where empty and the library packed due to everyone having assignments due in. We utilised this opportunity for sure.
How’s your new album coming along?
Akeba: We are becoming more developed as a duo, divulging into different sounds and lyrical structures. We are definitely maturing and all is greatly appreciated by the audience we play to.
Rob – Future releases are going very well! We have some very exciting things on the horizon so keep and ear and an eye on our social platforms for news!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Rob – Our next release is possibly looking like a track called ‘Not Alone’ which is a slower number. We have ideas of releasing it in conjunction with a lot of of other stuff but we expect there to be sounds flying out over the coming months.
Akeba: Just keeping on board with constant content, you’ll hear something new from us real soon.
Would all the songs deal with political themes?
Akeba: It’s always more attractive to the listeners to hear something they can relate to. Whatever that may be we will make a song about. Summer, war, love, dancing, crying… it’s endless.
Rob – Not at all… We write about things that effect in our every day lives. Some songs yes are political. We also write some songs about Love or Partying all night or a particular person or event in our lives. Inspiration can be found all around!
Any plans to hit the road?
Akeba: For sure, music is for the masses, where there are people we shall bring our sounds and vibe. We want to reach up north before the year is done, head back down south to Brighton, over east way to Suffolk and west to Bristol. Keep spreading that goodness for anyone to enjoy.
Rob – We are always on the road!!! We love playing live and so try to get out as much as possible. We’ve had a whole host of festivals so far and this week we are going over for our first gig in Wales where we are playing a Wake Boarding and Surf Festival! FAR OUT!
What else is happening next in The Purple Lights’ world?
Akeba: Practicing and working on our sound is key right now. We are at a stage where we are looking to gain more exposure by playing shows and releasing songs that could work in a commercial environment. Creating videos for online exposure and basically establishing ourselves within the industry. We are building confidence as a team to go forward and things are on the up. Good vibes, bring good times.
Rob – We are working hard and loving life to bring you more tasty tunes and good vibes! At present we are working hardest on our next releases.
Friday 26 August 2016 The Bell – 8pm
Princes Risborough UK
Sunday 28 August 2016
The Finsbury – Late Afternoon / Early Eve Set London,
Saturday 08 October 2016 Wycombe Arts4Every1 Centre High Wycombe, UK