What is the band’s name?
What are your names?
Andy Gibb, Kyle Findlay, Cameron Robertson
How did you come up with the band’s names?
Whilst Kyle was travelling around Venezuela, he became friends with a man named Bubba whose job it was to plant trees.
What is your genre of music?
New Wave / Dark Pop
Give us a little bio about you.
Bubbatrees was born in 2016 and is the most current music project of long-time friends Andrew Gibb and Kyle Findlay. Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland at a young age Andrew and Kyle have gone under various different guises before reaching the new wave/ dark pop entity we now know as Bubbatrees. The addition of Cameron Robertson in 2019 built on an already wide range of influences to create the sound you hear now. Samples, synths, guitars and hard-hitting drums have created a unique blend for the group, which is something that has earned them national radio play on BBC, along with a few jam-packed Glasgow and Edinburgh gigs in the likes of King Tuts, St Lukes, and Sneaky petes. Their latest single ‘Alchemy’ was described as having Dark, tantalising synths set the tone before pulsating drumbeats and reverb-heavy guitar twangs takeover, creating a sound that is both celestial and sonically powerful.’
What made you go into music?
(Andy) Personally my interest in music started at a very young age, I remember enjoying music classes in Primary school the most out of anything, and when I was around 9 years old my uncle gave me a guitar. I absorbed myself into it and taught myself how to play it. I then got a drum kit and taught myself that. I remember listening to Never mind by Nirvana and thinking this is what I want to do. I had a lot of great musical influences around me at a young age and this is what inspired me to go into music.
Are you a signed?
You set to release your new single ‘Daddy’s Little Evil’, tell us more about the single and what is the meaning behind the single?
Lyrically the song is about toxicity and evil traits, whether in a relationship or just day to day life. We each have good and bad personality characteristics, and I wanted to convey through the lyrics that this is ok, this is what makes us human.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
In comparison to some songs we have written this song took a lot of time to write and it went through various transitional stages before we settled on a final product. This was the last song where I used the technique of starting the song with a guitar part and building it around that. The guitar riff was born from the idea that I knew I wanted something dark and menacing sounding. In the first stages, it was probably too dark, but I tweaked it to blend some 80’s influences I had been listening to at the time. The addition of the synthesizer was what really defined the track and made it what it is now.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was very fun, its always amazing to watch something you have created slowly come to life in the studio.
Who did you work with on the single?
Our good friend Paul McInally at 45ASideRecordings who has been the man behind the madness on almost all of our tracks.
Will we see a music video for of the tracks?
Perhaps in the coming months!
Will we see an EP or Album this year, if so what can we expect?
Not this year, but we will see what next year brings!
Do you have any shows coming up?
If so where will you be heading?
We are kicking off 2020 by playing in Hug and Pint in January as part of the first footing showcase. running from January 2nd-13th.
What else can we expect in 2019?
Potentially another release before the year is out!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? We don’t currently.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Definitely! Anyone wishing to collab with us can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
Andy Gibb – Guitar, vocals, drums Kyle Findlay – Bass, Synthesizer, vocals Cameron Robertson – Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer / Piano
Who are your influences?
We each take different influences when creating. I listen to a lot of different styles ranging from rock, gothic and 80s music, to rap and electronic. Kyle incorporates dance and electronic elements blended with 80s into his synthesizer playing. Cameron brings more groovy and upbeat influences to his playing style from a more disco and funk background. We try to blend as much in as we can to create our unique style.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Inspiration can come from many places, but I find that creativity flows most when you aren’t thinking too hard about things. Experiences are easy to build from, but I also like writing fictitiously or basing things off of thoughts or ideas. Once I get into a creative bubble things tend to flow nicely, and I just run with it.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
If space travel has become commercial then hopefully playing the first gig on the moon.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We can usually be found by the pool drinking pina coladas or training for the next body building competition.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Ricky Martin – Livin la vida loca
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
‘If you don’t stop egging my house I’m phoning the police’
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Most importantly stay true to your own creative ideas, take influence from other people but definitely use the influence as a tool to go your own way.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
20 Mayfair please
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Loch Lomond just outside Glasgow.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? The pub
2/ Who do you see first? The bartender
3/What do you eat first? 1 pint please
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
To have a bloody good time