What is your name?
My name is The Super Late Night, you can call me Lou or Super.
What is your genre of music?
I would say Indie Pop would be a good general description, with elements of Synth Pop, Rock and Alt-Pop.
Give us a little bio about you.
The Super Late Night, from Manchester, England boasts a nostalgic brand of modern pop, inspired by the sad songs from pop punk records he delivers pristine retro styling with emo sensibilities. TSLN doesn’t just reimagine classic sounds, but blends synthetic textures, powerful rock guitars and futuristic production with candid lyrics and a trademark indie-pop vocal delivery.
What made you go into music?
It’s the only thing I’m half good at, my music teacher at school once set up a drum kit at the front of the classroom and asked if anyone wanted to try, I gave it a shot and she put me forward for drum lessons the next day, once I was in with the music crowd my love for it just grew, so I started forming bands and the like, since then it’s always been a part of my life, one form or another. My mum really helped nurture that love for music, I’ve been blessed to have had so many positive role models growing up, but my mum was the most supportive of all of them. She was always the one dropping me off at rehearsals and getting me involved in clubs and activities, driving me to gigs and watching me and my school friends play to nobody, then driving us all back late into the evening, she just gets it.
Are you signed?
I’m currently recording and releasing music with Homefire Recording Co. in Harrogate. The guys there George and John really understand me as an artist, they allow me a lot of creative freedom which when you’re as musically indecisive as me really helps. They also work with a lot of other great acts so we’ve kinda formed this creative hub there, it’s really cool.
You released your single ‘If Not Now, Then When’, tell us more about the single.
I originally wrote this with a mate in 2017 for my previous project, this was one of the ones that helped George (my producer) and I realise we were working on something that existed in a totally different musical universe. It’s written about facing the ifs, buts and maybes of life and relationships, and how committing to changes you can feel is often better for everyone, even if they’re hard to face.
What is the meaning behind ‘If Not Now, Then When’?
I had a note in my phone that read “if not now then when” for ages, I’d written it down after a friend once said “if you can quit then, you can quit now” in response to me telling him I intended to quit smoking in the future. That really resonated with me, so I interpolated it into this song, as we set to work writing it we realised the words had a broader meaning.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the Single?
I have a few songwriter pals I work with when I have an idea that I think could a nudge in different direction, so this was with one of them (his identity is a secret). We started the session with the note in my phone and some chords and ended the day with the tune, then George worked his magic and made it sound like TSLN, then we hand it over to big John for the master. We really do have a great team.
Listen to it now
Will we see a music video for the track and if so what can we expect?
Hopefully, as well as writing and recording for the next phase I’m currently editing all my own visual content, we have the shots and the structure, I just need to get into the edit, expect neon lights and bad dancing.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect?
Right now my primary focus is getting the singles out, then we’re planning another wave of singles for early 2021, once that’s done you can definitely expect a collection, what exactly that collection is going to be I don’t know yet. Expect a variety of moods and influences embellished with shiny indie pop production.
Do you have any online shows coming up?
I’ve been keeping myself and my followers updated by hosting instagram lives every Wednesday just to chat, play a few songs and tease new music, other than that there’s nothing set in stone but I fully intend to flex those muscles more, the future of live music as we know it is going to incorporate a lot more live streaming after all.
If so where can we find the links?
Instagram is the probably best place to find everything I’m working on at the moment, my handle is “@thesuperlatenight” https://www.instagram.com/thesuperlatenight/
What else can we expect in 2020?
Plenty of new music, we have 4 more singles scheduled for release this year, in fact we’re just finishing up the plans for the next track titled “Falling Asleep”, all being well I’m hoping to release that mid July.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not currently, but I share a label with some other exciting new acts so I wouldn’t count it out for the future.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely, I’m always looking for new people to work with, anyone wanting to collaborate can reach me on any of my social platforms or email me directly at email@example.com
Do you play any instruments?
My primary instrument (other than my voice) is the guitar, I can still play the drums to a reasonable degree and I can find my way around a keyboard, enough to produce.
Who are your influences?
My musical tastes influences have evolved over time, I absorbed a lot of my early influences from my stepdad’s CD collection, when I was a kid I would borrow his CDs and burn them onto my iPod for my walk to school, acts like Guns ’N’ Roses, Robert Palmer and Phil Collins were some favourites, they incubated my want to become a musician. As I grew older I developed a love for the rock and alternative bands of the day, such as Linkin Park, Biffy Clyro and Weezer. Even now I’m still constantly taking in inspiration from as much new music as I can, recently I’ve been enjoying The 1975, Chase Atlantic and The Band Camino. Throw all that together with the multifaceted musical landscape of the North of England and you’ll get somewhere close to TSLN.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Just like the inspiration for ‘If Not Now, Then When?’ most of my lyrical inspiration comes from the day to day, a lot of my songs can be traced back to a particular experience or period in my life, I make notes as often as I can so I’ll write everything down and then scrub through in a session, when I find something meaningful that I can turn into a hook, I’ll go with it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
It’d be wonderful to have a couple of albums under my belt by then, maybe sell out the Apollo in Manchester, that’s always been the dream.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I work in a bar (or at least I did until the pandemic), it’s a means to an end for me, but it pays the bills and gives me some much needed social interaction, plus my bosses are dead sound, they’re super supportive of my music career, which is amazing. Due to lockdown I’ve had a lot more downtime than usual, so I’ve been improving my cooking skills.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
I cried when I saw John Mayer play “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” at the O2 in London a few years ago, so probably that, that tune has always been the one for me since the first time I heard it, an unskippable masterclass. That or “Addicted to Love’ by Robert Palmer, effortlessly cool.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
You might not be the best player in the world, but if you’re not on the pitch you never will be. This has always been something I’ve tried to live by, every artist is on a different journey. You’ve gotta keep turning up, no matter what, keep doing you and taking those chances, don’t let circumstance stop you from working with what you have, and don’t let comparison be the thief of your own success.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Don’t be afraid to keep growing and evolving, the beauty of the making music in the modern age is that you don’t need to stay in one place or be defined by one genre any more, as long it’s centred around something personal to you it’ll shine through no matter how you style the delivery.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
There are variations of this floating about but apparently Picasso said “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”, which is well true, it shares a similar meaning to the advice above, you just gotta keep turning up and doing it, no matter what.
Where in your hometown is a must visit?
Manchester is abundant with culture and arts, the Apollo and Albert Hall are majestic venues that (in normal circumstances) host some incredible gigs and events, so you’re bound to catch something good if you’re in that area. The Northern Quarter is where it’s at if you need a cool bar. But above all else I’d say Affleck’s Palace is a must visit, it’s this department store but it’s full of independent shops and generally cool stuff.
You’re coming off tour;
1. Where do you go first?
Home, my family live in Bolton so that’d always be the first place.
2. Who do you see first?
My Mum, I wouldn’t be doing what I do now without her, she’s always known music would be my thing, even at times when I didn’t myself. I remember we had an argument once because I nearly didn’t study music at college. She just knew and she’s always been unbelievably supportive.
3. What do you eat first?
If I was back home I’d have Beans on Toast, with loads of grated cheese and brown sauce, either that or I’d probably go to Bunny Jackson’s for some wings.
When you’re at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. I guess this a pretty obvious one but my guitar, I have a white Fender Mustang that I’ve played at every show, it’s beautiful and important, like me.
2. My vocal steamer, gotta keep those vocal cords nice and lubricated.
3. Water, loads of water, no booze until after the show.
4. Photo/Videographer, in the age of information, you gotta immortalise everything you can.
5. My drummer Jamie and my bass player Josh, I’d be pretty screwed if I forgot them (haha).
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
I do, in fact I have all of them, all the relevant ones as far as I’m aware, even Tik Tok.