What are your names?
Jim, Sara, Orlando and Tom
What is your genre of music?
We like to call it Heavy Pop.
How did you come up with bands name?
The name Electric Enemy initially came from the idea of being addicted to technology and its effect in our lives and other people around us. I think we all came to the conclusion that it is our choice as human beings to be in control of the tools we use every day but never the opposite.
Give us a little bio about you and the band.
(Jim) We met a few years back in London and were instantly unified by our unwillingness to align ourselves to a ‘rock’ camp or other due to a general, all encompassing love of music. We are very different in personality but it’s that diversity which makes us stronger and more able to work as a team. We have grown together in a very tricky industry and found strength in our vulnerabilities and of course, our shared love of pizza. Playing the Isle Of Wight Main Stage last year, there was a moment where we all sort of looked at each other onstage and realised the band we were and the band we want to be.
What made you go into music?
We individually come from different backgrounds but we all had the urge to express ourselves through our instruments and song writing which is an addiction itself and it’s what made us start in the first place
Are you a signed?
Yes, we are signed to an independent record label called Red Sun Records.
You released your new single ‘Save Me’, tell us more about the single.
Save Me is about expressing what the majority of people in the world feel and letting everyone know (especially ourselves!) that you are NOT crazy. We all want peace and to live on a planet which isn’t run by a select group, who often seem to be untouchable. Maybe we can create a world together which we all want to live in and which celebrates life in every form.
What is the meaning behind ‘Save Me’ .
The urge of making a difference in a world poisoned by rivalry and individualistic culture.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
Jim came home from a day of catastrophic headlines feeling angry and powerless so he wrote the song in 10 minutes and I believe it was some sort of stream of consciousness therapy. We all added our instrumental parts trying to highlight Jim’s concept as much as we could
What was the recording process like?
We recorded Save Me at Fish Factory in London and experimented with a few things. We wanted to have a recognisable intro with a specific sound we made and experimented with Jim’s vocals. I think we all tried to be very spontaneous and organic for this specific track.
Who did you work with on the Single?
We worked with our producer Sam Miller (Paloma Faith, Razorlight). The whole arrangement was made by us four and Sam added his sonic colour palette to the track .
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
We are working on different things at the moment and you might see both of those things very soon!
Do you have any shows coming up?
Our next show will be on the 5th March at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. We will also be touring supporting our brothers and sister in arms Bang Bang Romeo.
If so where will you be heading?
5th March – The Fiddler’s Elbow, London
2nd April – City Varieties, Leeds (Bang Bang Romeo Support)
3rd April – Leadmill, Sheffield (Bang Bang Romeo Support)
9th April – Gorilla, Manchester (Bang Bang Romeo Support)
10th April – Bush Hall, London (Bang Bang Romeo Support)
11th April – The Half Moon, Putney, London
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
We will be releasing a lot of new songs including some interesting collaborations with different producers.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
We’re working on something very exciting but we are not naming names yet!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
We would be very happy to collaborate with other artists and we are always looking for new challenges and new inspiration. It is important for us to get out of our comfort zone in order to grow. You can get in contact with our management through our social media pages.
Do you play any instruments?
We sure do. We play all the instruments you hear in our tracks. We have Jim on lead vocals, piano and rhythm guitar, Orlando on guitar, Sara on Bass and Tom on drums and percussion. We also experiment with backing vocals.
Who are your influences?
We have different individual influences which go from rock to classical music but we like playing with different flavours and current styles. I would say we are heavily influenced by Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Panic at the disco! and many other acts
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
We try to look at the world and describe the things we see. We place our song writing process above all else, borrowing and learning from every and any genre of music.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
On a world tour and going back to the studio again to completely reinvent our sound.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I (Orlando) like visual arts in general so I would probably be painting or sketching but we all have different things we like to do outside music. Tom is a car / racing aficionado. Sara and Jim love to cook and exercise. (Jim) I love to stay fit but also enjoy hanging out with friends and having them over for dinner…I have very tasty friends!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? I don’t think we can all relate to one specific song but if we could think of one artist it would probably be The Beatles.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Doing what you like is more important than doing what other people expect you to do
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I would probably say to work on your personal side and the way you communicate with people more than anything else.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘Veni vidi vici’ but mainly as a joke
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
I grew up in a small town in southern Italy called Santa Severina. I would suggest a tour in the castle which is at the very top of the hill where the city was built.
You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? The great outdoors
2/ Who do you see first? Girlfriends / boyfriend for Sara.
3/What do you eat first? Pizza of course
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
It might sound obvious but if the songs are great that’s definitely the first thing you shouldn’t forget!
How the band interacts with the audience.
If the audience is having a good time.
The energy you get from a live band.