What are your name?
Sam Watts (lead singer)
What is the band’s name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Infusing garage and post punk influences from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T and The Strokes, Southampton quartet Pioneers are building a palpable buzz in their hometown. Following on from their debut single, ‘Take Time’, which was crowned BBC Introducing Track of The Week, Pioneers have emerged as one of the UK’s most promising acts selling out three headline shows including the 400 capacity The Engine Rooms in Southampton and added to Amazing Radio’s daytime playlist.
Your set to release your new single ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Changed’, tell us more about the single.
The track reminisces on our teenage adolescence, whilst coming to terms with the inevitable change of growing up and time moving too fast. We have tried to show a more mature side with this new single, whilst acknowledging the jump from the security of youth to the vulnerability of adult life.
What was the writing process like?
The writing process for the song started strictly on just me and an acoustic guitar. I wanted to write something slightly more personal. I challenge myself to wear my vulnerability on my sleeve and the songs reflects worries and changes that people encounter as they transition into being completely self-dependant. I think that’s what makes the song so relatable.
Will we see any music video for the track?
Yes, the video will be coming out with the track this Friday. We shot with Connor Mason who we work a lot with he’s really great. We wanted to use the video to show people that you’re never alone. We let his creativity flow and are very happy with the outcome.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Yes! We’re doing a short run of shows this October, stopping off at Glasgow, Manchester, London and Derby. We’ll also be announcing our biggest headline show ever very soon.
If you could collaborate with another band or artist, who would it be and why?
For me personally it would be Loyle Carner I think we could do something really great. Think our genres could cross surprisingly well.
Who are your influences?
Our music is influenced by artists like Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Patience. Nothing happens overnight as long as you’re passionate about what you do, the rest will come. We play together because we love doing so and no other reason.
What things can’t you forget when you’re on tour?
For me it’s a variety of jackets. I’ve got crazy amount of jackets for all types of gigs and shows. In fact don’t leave the house without one.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?