How have you been?
Sick as a dog recently. Tour flu I believe they call call it (not that I’ve got a clue who “they” are). Apart from that I’ve been excellent. Life is good all day every day, thanks for asking.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Surrounded”?
Sure, why not.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It’s not a one off event that triggered these lyrics. More of an on going situation I was stuck in. I was working for a small ambitious audio company that were burning money due to a complete lack of competence and business sense. It was challenging to remain on board without losing my cool as a low levels of professionalism hounded me everyday from every angle. The root cause is that every single person who worked there was nothing more than a common idiot. With the only escape root being shaped as a P45 I was surrounded.
How was the film experience?
Brilliant. Day one was myself, Luke (lead guitarist) and Gareth (Bass player) dressed the set. Of course drummer Richard wasn’t there – insert drummer joke here. It took about 10 hours, there is a time-lapse video on Youtube which you can go check out now. Day two the film crew showed up and we shot everything in about 5 hours then we packed up again. Fortunately for the four of us completing tasks like this is always easy as we all enjoy each others company and never stop laughing. There are a couple of comedians in this band, if you’ve ever seen us live you’ll understand.
The single comes off your new EP Part III: Ganymede – what’s the story behind the title?
I half dreamt the four EP series the day that I woke up on a bench in Weymouth after a heavy nights drinking whilst on tour. Please don’t ask me how I got there because I don’t know. My brain wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders which is sometimes a great opportunity to come up with different ideas. We couldn’t afford an album, nor was I prepared to invest heavily in an album for only my mother to buy a copy. We needed to find a way to break an album in to four which would give us more touring and marketing opportunities. The final EP will be called “Part I: iO” as it is the closet of the four Galilean moons to Jupiter. The other three being Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Four EP titles which I thought would help people understand our name. And before you mention it, yes I know I am a space nerd.
Would you call this a follow up to the previous instalment?
Yes. They are all together but at the same time they are showing how we are growing as a band. When all four are complete I would like to think people will listen to them in order and see the path we have walked to arrive where we stand at the time.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing is easy in this band. There are four of us and we all write, even our drummer Richard brings some beautiful masterpieces to the table. If anything I contribute the least to the writing of the music because as a straight up rock singer I am heavily out of my depth sometimes with these guys. Not one of them can write lyrics or melody though which is where I fell I shine strongest. All cogs are greased between us when it come to writing. With regards to recording we always work with Paul Winstanley of Paul Win Audio. He’s the man, he makes us better. As well as being our co-producer he makes me give the performance of a lifetime every time I step in to a vocal booth because he creates an excellent, calm environment. You cant buy that. I would recommend every person reading this to record with Paul.
Known for blending different genres together – does one tend to shine out the most depending on the lyrics’ theme or you always try to balance them together?
The lyrics always come after. They are always the final part of the puzzle. I have thousands of subject matters up my sleeve and hearing the completed song is all I need to understand what I am going to be writing about. I once lost a lyric book containing all my ideas over the previous four years. Didn’t matter at all. I just got a new notebook and filled it up again.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Musically the lads are a writing machine. Its none stop. We are so far ahead of ourselves with regards to songs in the bank already. I cant answer for anyone else’s inspiration but mine come from working with Luke, Gareth and Rich. They write the music I want to listen to but cant find anywhere. Its an honour to be working with them. The lyrics are all from my completely sane mind, ask anyone who has met me and they will agree. My note books are like diaries. Every lyric I have ever written is something that is on my mind, they are only my opinions on subjects I bump in to and if anything I would consider them poetry. It does not matter if they don’t rhyme. I think people miss the point when they are searching for the rhyme instead of searching for the right words. I also try not to preach. Who the hell am I to tell you anything different from what you have come to understand yourself.
Any plans to hit the road?
Always. We are touring write now as I type this. I don’t mean were on stage and I am being the worst front man ever by sitting at my laptop instead of performing. But yesterday we travelled for 10 hours travelling down from Manchester and tomorrow its gonna be a good 7 hours to Plymouth. Its all gravy though baby because we love gigging. We’ve played over 250 gigs so far, we absofrickinlutely LOVE GIGGING!
What else is happening next in CORE OF iO’s world?
Part II: Europa is due for release in early July of 2017. Then its time for Part I. And in the mean time we will continue to plug Part III. Its also very flattering for us as myself and Luke are on the verge of teaming up with one of the UK’s leading guitar amp companies, it is all confirmed but just not announced yet. Also drummer Rich has just become endorsed by Serenity Custom Drums who make the most beautiful pieces of drum porn I have ever seen, got check them out. Our philosophy is to be always improving, to always be better than we were last time and to always make sure every new thing we do has more momentum, pace and venom behind it. If you have read all the way to the bottom of this I would just like to take this moment to thank you for your time. Cheers me dears. Hope to see you on the road.
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