Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: Our message would be that nothing comes without hard work and to encourage people to work with people rather than against people. There seems to be such a dog eat dog mentality, healthy competition is great but screwing people over will never be worth it. Create a network where you can all support each other.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: We’ve all been involved with music from a young age, when we all met in Brighton we became good friends, Tom put the band together and we all clicked. It’s difficult to imagine us being anything else but I think we’d all go completely different directions. Tom would probably pursue sport or art, Charlotte would be an actress, Charles was studying Law before music so maybe something in that field, Bobby and Olly could be game designers/ composers.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: We’re so lucky to be surrounded by other musicians and friends, who do nothing but support and encourage each other. Experiencing their great music too always inspires us. When we’re on the receiving end of music it makes us remember why we create it. When you have that feeling of elation watching someone amazing perform you think, I want to make people feel how I’m feeling and that makes you want to write and perform yourself.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
A4: The most memorable experience would probably be at a gig we did at someone’s house actually just because the atmosphere was crazy, it was rammed with people. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone’s living room or a huge venue if the people there create an incredible atmosphere and vibe on the music you’re playing it’s the best thing. It got pretty crazy towards the end, definitely stuck out for us.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: No as we generally don’t like to regret anything, everything happens for a reason and we work hard for what we have achieved. Anything that has gone wrong has been necessary for us to learn so without that experience it would be weird.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: As a band, we would love to be on the stages of the biggest festivals in the UK, like Glastonbury and Isle of Wight. Our goal is also to be touring around the UK and parts of Europe, playing to as many people as possible.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: Tom : We’re all from such diverse backgrounds but we all have a passion for music. I think it’s different for everyone, both of my parents are big music fans so I grew up listening to tons of records which definitely gave me a passion for music
Charlotte: I grew up within a church community which inspired my singing and piano writing. The serene and celestial atmosphere of churches always has music from instruments like organs and choirs that are so emotive, this is definitely reflected in my parts as a pianist, as well as my harmonies as a singer.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: The lyric “Your legs must be the perfect length, ‘cause your feet touch the ground…” in our song ‘Charm on me’ is one that sticks out, obviously it’s not literal it’s more about being a grounded person, was meant to be a subtle comment on our culture of aspiring to achieve the “perfect” body; and change our appearance when really we should realise perfect doesn’t exist. We should be celebrating people that are real as opposed to fake, for me, the lyrics say just that, it doesn’t matter how long a person’s legs are or what their body is like if you’re not a grounded person it doesn’t count for anything past the aesthetic.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: This is a tough question as there are so many people!! Maybe someone like Dave Grohl, as he has been involved in some of the most iconic bands in history that have had such a big influence on us; working with him would be an incredible experience. If we could bring someone back from the dead it would definitely be someone like Freddie Mercury to learn from his incredible showmanship and songwriting.
Q10: What is a most inspiring message you have internalized in life so far?
Tom: The main message I’ve internalized is probably success through self-belief. He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. You have to believe it’s possible otherwise it just won’t happen. Having self-belief will perpetuate the right thoughts and actions to put you on a path to success. You can’t rely on other people to believe in you or motivate you if you can do those things yourself you’re gonna get there.It’s definitely tough and is constantly being tested but for me, it’s what’s going to make the difference between success and failure.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: Talent will only get you so far, hard work will put you above the rest. I always tell myself to work harder than everyone else but make sure I don’t start hating what I’m doing otherwise what’s the point.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Snarky Puppy, Nao, Paramore, D’Angelo, H.E.R and Black Sabbath to name a few.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: To pick one song is the hardest question! I think it would have to be something like upbeat like “Songs for the Deaf” – Queen’s of the Stone Age or something soulful like “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo. Definitely, something positive it couldn’t be a depressing song
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: Biggest dream, being able to write and perform music that people love and make a living from it, worst fear would probably be waking up in 10 or 20 years having not fulfilled our potential.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: We’re releasing our debut single ‘Mystery’ on 17th October at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton, which will be available on iTunes & Spotify. Soon after we’re wanting to get back into the studio to record more as well as gigging outside of Brighton as much as possible.
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?
A16: Don’t stop. If you give up it definitely won’t happen, granted it’s easier to give up but you won’t have anything to show for it and will be stuck with all the “what ifs?” Keep going and take every “failure” as a lesson to learn from.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: The best place to find us is on our Full Fat Light Bulb Facebook page, we’re on most social media platforms but you can find it all there.Any gigs, releases, and updates all get posted there. The single will be on iTunes, Spotify and all other major platforms in October so keep an eye out for that.