Where are you from?
We live near Brighton.
Name of band:
City Of Ashes.
Who else is in your band?
My brother James, Daniel Frederick and Dan Russell.
How would you describe yourselves?
We get asked this all the time. I'd have to say a story-based rock band really. We don't like the idea of sub-categorising ourselves too much.
Who are your main influences musically?
All sorts! We all grew up listening to everything from Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac to Slipknot, Eminem and everything in between. We've actually played a lot of '80s and '90s pop in the van during our last tour.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
We have had such a blast so far this year promoting our current album. To see audiences really growing around the country has been incredible. This year also saw our first international show in Dublin and the first video that I produced, which broke through 10,000 views in two weeks (our fastest growing video ever). We have a couple more shows this year supporting some bands that we're very honoured to be involved with including the band Trapt who we all grew up listening to as teenagers. Then we start next year hard with an intense tour in February.
Add to that the fact we have just started writing again for a follow up record and I'd have to say we're really achieving what we want to in music. We just want to keep growing it onto a bigger scale.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We have had so many that it's hard to pick out just one. For all of us a show held in Eastbourne was quite special as it was our first sell out to just under 300 people. We always try to do something special with shows so we used a lot of pyrotechnics etc at that one which was great fun!
For me personally there are many too. Our show in Dublin earlier this year was the first one a very special family member was able to make so that meant a lot.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Man! We've had a few of those too! Things you try that just don't go right on stage, that you beat yourself up for a thousand times afterwards. They happen. When they do it can be really tough to let go of as we always want to do well. It's all a learning curve though. We have undoubtedly gotten stronger from going through them.
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I really couldn't. To me that'd be like saying that the others are somehow worse, which I just don't think is fair or logical. Our album is actually a story so to take out a part of it and say it's better than the others would be dishonest to me. It'd be like pulling an abstract chapter from a book and expecting it to make sense.
As for a song that we really enjoy live however, we've been having a blast playing our song 'Waves' at shows of late.
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Our February 2015 tour is already selling really well and we'd love to see some of you there. Here's the ticket link :)