For those people that haven’t heard of you could you tell us a bit about the band, your story?
Grand tradition came out of the drive to write intelligent pop music. It all started a couple of years ago when I decided to quit drinking for a year. I started finishing songs again for the 1st time in ages and a pre-band demo was created which got some decent traction. From that excitement I managed to put together the line up you see today.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
My dad is a musician and performer so that aspect was always there but if I’m being honest it was watching Michael Jackson concerts over and over on VHS until the tape wore out.
You recently released your first EP could you tell us a bit about the recording of Your Wish EP?
We recorded with Jon Constantine and Nick Brine in Leeders Vale Studios, Ebbw Vale. I had done all the ghost tracks at home and because most of the members of the band work 9 to 5’s we had each member coming in on separate days while I was there for the whole process. In a perfect world I would’ve loved to do it all together, hopefully next time.
You’ve had a really positive reaction to your first EP that must be really heartening as a musician?
Extremely, sometimes it’s hard to get your vision across but if even 1 in 100 blog/station/reviewer/person does get it… it’s totally worth it.
You’ve just announced that you will be playing Victorious Festival, is that your biggest gig to date?
Yes it will be and we are all super excited! Some of our favourites bands are playing and we were picked out of 3,393 acts so its a massive honour.
Could you tell us a bit about your writing process, do you write music collaboratively, or do the writing duties normally fall on one member?
At the start it was just me at home on logic writing every single Instrument and vocal part but now everyone helps to shape the songs. Every song is different and I think thats why our songs are so eclectic but I usually start with a chord sequence that I like, then I process it into logic, do a basic back line, then I start recording myself scatting over the top vocally with words that pop into my head until I’m happy with the melody. The Lyrics then come out of the scat and I can usually place them in a time or place which is happening to me, my friends, or something in the greater scheme of things.
Are there any hidden gems out there, tracks that you have discovered that are personal to you that people don’t really know?
At the moment Stay Awake by Field Music, Older by Parcels, Face Behind Her Cigarette by Boy Azooga and Happy When You Go by Banfi.
What is your favourite venue that you have played at so far?
Has to be The Moon in Cardiff. We’ve played there a few times and they also put on an amazing street festival every year called Hubfest which showcases the best that Cardiff has to offer.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Finishing writing and hopefully record the 2nd EP, play a load of great shows and continue having as much fun in the band as we are now.
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