Sunday, 7 June 2015

Feldspar Q&A

Your name: 

Where are you from? 
Mostly South London, except Jonny who refuses to leave Haringey.

Name of band: 

Who else is in your band? 
Ben (keys), James (electric guitar), Woody (bass) and Jonny (drums).

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We’re an indie-rock five-piece. Our songs tend towards serious topics – love, loss, mortality, politics – but onstage we have a lot of fun playing them. We love having contrasts in our sound, mixing up big, anthemic electric tunes with really quiet, intimate moments.    

Who are your main influences musically?
Our songwriting comes from the folk-revival tradition - Dylan, Cohen, Nick Cave are all big influences on the lyrics - but we’re all quite different musically. Folk, blues, prog rock, and classical music are all elements. I guess we see ourselves alongside lyrical indie rock bands, like the National, Radiohead, To Kill A King and Arcade Fire.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Obviously, we’d love to be able to do it full time and spend our days writing music, recording and touring, but that’s a hard road. Having small goals is important. The goal for this year is working towards our first album which we’re really excited about.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It’s always hard to name one. We did our first UK tour last Autumn and played 16 dates across the country. That was probably the most ambitious thing we’ve done as a band, so that whole process of playing to lots of new people was a highlight. Recording the new single Five Years was also a brilliant process as a band. It was the first time it felt like we really properly gelled and felt completely like we were all going exactly the same direction.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Fortunately, not too many. We’ve played some awful gigs along the way where no one has turned up or the sound has completely disintegrated, but that’s just part of being in a band. You’ve got to always try and learn from these things, so we don’t really want to forget even the worst moments. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Five Years is the new single and I’m pretty sure the whole band agree it’s the best thing we’ve done to date. We’ve had a couple of years working out our sound and trying different things, and Five Years is definitely the direction we’re looking to go in the future. 

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?

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