THREE GUYS WHO LOVES A SYNTH, CREATING UNIQUE LYRICS AND TELLING STORIES THROUGH THEIR MUSIC. I GOT A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH ‘BADMINTON’ ALL ABOUT ‘ I WAS YOU WERE’! READ IT HERE

Describe your genre of music?
We could probably be described as indie pop.

Give us a little bio about you.
 We’re just 3 guys that like synths and lyrics that make you think about your feelings.

What made you go in to music?
 We all separately got into music when we were young. It’s something we all really enjoyed doing and, it might sound corny, but when you’re playing music you’re not thinking about your troubles – you’re just in the moment creating sounds with your friends.

You released your new single ‘I Was You Were’, tell us more about the single.  
The track is more of an angsty song for us I guess. It all came together really quickly so it ended up being the least polished one we took to the studio, but the most emotionally raw. It’s also the most fun to play live because we don’t have many songs people can dance to, but this is definitely one of them.

Describe the track in two words.
 Bang-er.

What was the writing process like?
 Well we started by nicking a guitar riff from a track Tom and Robbie wrote when they were 16 and then worked from there. The lyrics came after the music – it started with the chorus and we kind of back filled.

What was the recording process like?
 Well we recorded the drums in The Nave in Leeds first of all. Then we went down to Robbie’s parents’ house in Nottingham and recorded everything else in a shed in the garden. It was a fun process albeit a bit cramped.

Who did you work with on the single?
 We worked with our Australian pal Antonio Hanna at Freefall Studios. He’s a handsome dude with a beard like Thor himself.

Will also see a video for ‘I Was You Were’, what was the planning and making process like?
We actually had two attempts at the video. The first one was kind of rushed and didn’t come out as we wanted it to so we decided to start from scratch and make something we’re proud of. Shaun from Loki Films shot the video for us.  He’s a sick guy and really fun to work with, and he also shoots horror films.

Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
 Well our EP ‘Try Getting a Reservation at Dorsia Now’ came out recently so there’s that. Album wise, we’re going to make sure when we do that we’re fully ready. We want to stick to quality over quantity, so when we have stuff we think is good enough then we’ll put it out.

What else can we expect in 2019?
 We’ve got a few new tracks on the go and we’re hoping to do a small UK tour. Keep your eyes on our social media to stay up to date. Robbie also just purchased his first euro-millions ticket, so when he inevitably wins you can expect lots of cool new videos and photos.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?  We’ve not got any collaborations coming up, but it’s definitely something we would be open to. Given the broad musical taste we have, it would be pretty cool working with someone who does something totally different to what we do.

Do you play any instruments?
 Yeah, I mean if we didn’t we wouldn’t be a very good band.

Who are your influences?
 We can agree that 90’s midwest emo bands and loads of electro-pop were key players. I think it depends on which one of us you speak to but also rom-coms, poetry, and David Attenborough documentaries.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
 Each song comes to us differently. Some just happen in a practice room and others in front of a computer screen. There’s no one answer to this question.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?  
Hopefully by this point Tom will have finished reading the 1997 novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time – but we’re not holding our breath. Honestly though we’ll probably still be making music. It’s something that we hope we’ll be doing for the rest of our lives.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?  
Warm up before you play. This sounds extremely obvious but there’s no worse feeling than getting on stage and not being ready. Give yourself 40 minutes of warm up time before playing and the difference it will make will be huge.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?  
Only do what you really want to because you’re competing against an enormous number of other artists. The best thing you can do is just play what you love because people like authenticity and conviction.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
 If I want to fly, I’ll find a way to fly.

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?  
Well Robbie and Tom are from Nottingham so probably Nottingham Castle. Dom is from Kenilworth, so probably Kenilworth Castle

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Our funky threads
How to play the songs
Positive Mental Attitude
Don’t start the show while one of your band members is still on the toilet
Always stay hydrated

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yeah you can check us out on Instagram and Facebook . You can also find us on Spotify and Apple music. We’ve also got a few cool vids on YouTube to check out.

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