What are your names?
Max (Vocals, Guitar, Production), Jonny (drums), Carl (bass)
What is the band’s name?
Give us a little bio about you.
InFade are a high energy rock band that take groove and feel from funk/djent, combining it with hard rock riffage and jazzy harmony to create massive sound with big hooks and monstrous breakdowns.
What made you go in to music?
Max: Creating music and art has always been cathartic for me; a way to express my emotions and/or escape from them. I also try to live without the fear of regret, and I know I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t give it a good shot! I can’t imagine life without music, so I made music my life.
What is the meaning behind the single Embers?
Max: Embers is written about a break-up I had a few years ago. Knowing I was doing the right thing but hating having to hurt someone I care about, even if (In my head) it was the right thing to do. Verse one sits you between the last holiday we shared (‘week we took’) and a ‘silly date’ we agreed to check in on each other on. It emphasizes how important it was to us both to make sure the other was okay. It was a very hard goodbye as there was still so much love between us. Verse two is a snapshot into that last holiday, sitting together under the stars on a beach. The bridge is how I was feeling during this time.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
Max: I’ve had most of Embers guitar and vocals written for a long time, the hook flowed so naturally into the different sections the writing was very fluid. The lyrics flowed out almost in one go as well. I’d tried a few demos of it, playing with various people, but it never felt right. It was only when Jonny sat behind the drums and locked in that I knew ‘this is it’, It was like the last piece in a jigsaw. Carl immediately saw what I had been going for and the song was pretty much done after one rehearsal!
Carl: As soon as Jonny started that drum groove the bass part came very naturally, I looked over at Max and saw the gleam in his eye and we all knew we had it then.
What was the recording process like?
Max: It was pretty straightforward working from the demos I’d already made. Carl and I were blown away when after 3 practices Jonny was laying down drums in the studio… Which he nailed after having only been in the band for 2 weeks!! As we mentioned before, Carl’s part came very organically and only took one or two takes in my bedroom studio. Tone wise he recently got this amazing ‘dark glass’ pedal which gave his P-bass some fantastic clarity and punch. Guitars and draft Vocals I recorded in the studio as well over a few weeks, before working on writing the string/synth parts. Final vocals we did with Dave at Reel studios in York, he was a pleasure to work with and had some cool FX ideas which you can hear in the mix. We’re very happy with his mix & master. Much love for DaveyB!
Who did you work with on the single?
Max: My friend Daniel Chant Burgess helped us out, sorting my string arrangements and playing them through his amazing sample libraries! I don’t have much experience in that field but I know what I want to hear and he nailed it, he is a wizard.
Dave Boothroyd at reel recording tracked drums with us in Jan then vocals, mixing and mastering in early April! ,
Will we see a music video for the single?
We shot a live video back in Jan just after recording the drums. It’s slightly different too the finished single but we’ll have that out soon for y’all. Bar that we have no plans as of yet! ?
Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can we expect?
We’re keen to get a larger body of work out as it gives us more scope for creativity, we’re just writing so much at the moment we wouldn’t know where to start and what to pick. For the time being we’re planning on pumping out singles but we will be working on an EP/album soon.
Do have any shows coming up, if so where will you be heading?
The single launch! 28th of June in Leeds @ 360 club, lending rooms! After that we have 2 Leeds shows planned for September and October. Promoters hit us up, we’re keen to start gigging around the country more!
What else can we expect in 2019?
We’ve got a few songs already well in the works, since Jonny joined the creativity has been a’flowin, so there is a lot of new stuff to get down!
Lots of gigs, new merch, a bigger online presence and more music! <3
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? We’re working with Jonnys friend Dave, an electronic producer who is currently remixing Embers! And we are working with Mike Spink (The 1975 & Jake Bugg) a York based producer on some banging tunes for you all.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
We’re open too it, hit us up: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
Jonny: Cowbell, Piano, Drums
Carl: Bass, Kazoo, Guitar, Piano
Max: Guitar, Djembe, Vocals, Drums, Bass, Piano
Who are your influences?
For inFade we cite, Earth Wind and Fire + Tool.
In general its more like Audioslave, Biffy Clyro, Don Broco, Bring me the Horizon, Wolf Alice.
In terms of what each member brings:
Carl – The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Tame Impala
Max – Tool, John Mayer, Daft Punk
Jonny – Periphery, Meshuggah, Red Hot Chili Peppers
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Max: For instrumental writing we’re quite good at jamming things out together which usually creates the basis for a tune.
I generally write lyrics and melody together, my best music so far has come when I’m at my most vulnerable and honest with myself, often inspired by heartbreak or love. I consume as much music, art, film and literature as possible to try and fuel my creativity but ultimately I find I have to get out of my head and just live. Things will happen and songs will be written!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
As a band? Going strong!!! We would love to be touring the world at that point (obviously) and have the freedom to be able to spend most of our time working on our music. But to be honest we’d be happy doing exactly what we are doing – creating music and gigging with it. We love what we do and feel very grateful to be able to carry on doing it!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Max and Carl love a bit of mountain biking. We go to as many gigs as we can and do our best to support our local scenes! We’re all massive geeks at heart, love our video games and films. Jonny is a photoshop wizard and can usually be found building computers.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Max: Long road to ruin – Foo Fighters. Such lyrical storytelling. I fell in love with that massive driving Foo Fighters sound! (Earth Wind and Fire are up there too though)
Carl: Not a song but the ‘Origin of symmetry’ album – Muse. It was one of the first albums I bought when I was 11. The scope and creativity of that album has stayed with me ever since!
Jonny: Another album! One by One – Foo Fighters. All my life was one of the first songs I learnt on drums!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
There are no mistakes, only lessons learnt!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
There is so much amazing content out there, as fantastic as Music College is, its not a pre-requisite. If you love music then just go for it and reach out to people a bit further ahead of you, you’ll be surprised how helpful they can be!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Never kick your granny while she’s shaving.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Max: Brudnell social club – Leeds
Carl: Willow – York (RIP)
Jonny: Spiders – Hull
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Cheeky spa day.
2/ Who do you see first? Max – his family cat, Carl – his family dog & Jonny – his Nintendo game cube
3/What do you eat first?
Max (Not Veggie but probably should be) – Massive T bone steak
Carl (Veggie) – Katsu Curry
Jonny – 6 litres of monster energy and a 10 pack of Ginsters Pasties
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Dignity, socks, coloured scarves, our briefcases and fanciest pants.