Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be?
Do what you want to do and stick at it. We’ve seen so many bands we know come and go. For us, this is all we want to do so we keep rehearsing, touring, writing, and making ourselves the best we can be.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t a musician what would you want to be doing?
My Grandad played piano and got me into blues at a young age. His friend taught my cousin guitar and my cousin passed on the lessons to me. I actually started playing guitar because a tennis tournament I was going to play as a kid was rained off. I went around to my cousin’s and he offered to teach me a song. From then on, I was hooked!
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
Hearing another song which blows me away often motivates me. It makes me want to be a better songwriter and look at how I can improve. The rest of the band also motivate me I guess [but don’t tell them]. When we’re throwing ideas around for a song, I want to make sure something is up to a certain standard before showing them. Having their opinions in mind often makes me work harder on a lyric or melody.
Q4: What are the most memorable experiences of your career so far? And what have you learnt from them?
Glastonbury and Leeds Festival are probably the most memorable experiences so far. I’ve been to both of these festivals a number of times and to be on the other side of the barrier, on stage, was really special. As hard as it was, I learned to almost take myself out of the situation. I remember before going on, talking to myself like, “It’s just a regular show” and trying not to build it up too much, to try and perform the best I could without getting carried away that I was playing a massive festival.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your career so far? And if not, why?
I really wouldn’t. Without being too cheesy, we’ve had some decisions to make which at the time felt like huge disappointments afterwards and, maybe internally, a mistake. However, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing now without those choices and we’ve had our best year yet.
Q6: In the next two years what do you aspire to achieve?
We want to play in more cities, more countries, and as many festivals as we can. Playing live is what we love doing and to do it to growing crowds and new places is amazing. Of course, there’ll be an album at some point. When that will be, I’m not sure.
Q7: How much of your life and your background has influenced you to become a songwriter and musician?
Quite a lot. When I started playing guitar, I used to sit in on my cousin’s band’s rehearsals, in the corner watching everything they were doing. Going to their gigs with my friends was a big factor in making me want to be in a band.
Q8: Which lyrics mean the most to you and why; ones you have written or ones you didn’t write?
Our song Gone in a Second as a whole means a lot to me, as it was written about my Nana and Grandad. They died about a month apart and before that I hadn’t really had to deal with death. It took me so long to get it how I wanted. The lyrics to In My Life by The Beatles are ones that always stick with me as well. I love the reflective nature of the song and how, depending on what mood I’m in, it can make me either want to sit in a room by myself or hug everyone in my vicinity.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
I’d love to work with Kevin Parker from Tame Impala. His ear for melody and interesting sounds is incredible. I’ll always hear something new in their music which I haven’t noticed before, and I love that.
Q10: Is there one most inspiring message you have heard in your life so far?
“You die if you worry, you die if you don’t, so why worry at all?” It helps in those times where you realise all these little things that are bugging you don’t really matter at all
Q11: Do you have a motto in life that do you live by?
It’s not really a motto, but we only work with people that care. There are so many people around who don’t care about the people they work with, but we want to make sure that everyone on our team or other people we work with is aiming for the same goals and working together.
Q12: Which other bands or artists are currently on your playlist?
Everything Everything are always on my playlist. There is such variety in their albums, and they’re incredible live. I’m revisiting the Clean Cut Kid record after being on tour with them. I like comparing live to recordings, and they’re smashing it on both fronts.
Q13: If you could have one song to be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be and why?
Anastacia – Not That Kind of Girl. The bass riff.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? And your biggest fears?
Touring the world with my best mates is the dream, at a level where we can continue to release music for years. Biggest fear? Spiders.
Q15: What are your plans for the remainder of this year and next year?
We’ve just finished our tours with Clean Cut Kid and JAWS; there will be some new music coming out in the near future; and we’re doing a headline tour in March 2018.
Q16: What would your advice be to those who want to live out their dreams?
Make it your job, rather than occasionally being in a band [in this case]. When we finished university, and decided that we wanted to only focus on music, we realised – with a lot of help from Rob, our manager – that we had to put it before everything else. To start there is obviously very little money in it, but you’ve got to give it everything to reach the level you want to be at.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know, what are the best social media methods for people to follow you and your music?
Facebook is the best if you like to see announcements, and the main bits we do. Instagram is the place to head if you like to see all the stupid stuff we get up to behind the scenes [and what goes on in our drummer Cale’s head]. Twitter for banter.