Q&A: ReverbNation competition winners Explorers

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For those readers that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us a little bit about the band, your story?

We both met at media college in Chesterfield with a mutual love of 80’s films including the film we are named after ‘Explorers’!

We started playing around with an old Roland DS10 synth that Jez’s brother had and started recording for fun, to our surprise it was sounding good! We wrote a few songs and started working on some mixes for a French label called Bleep Machine for artists called Barth, Axel & The Farmers and Narcoleptic Dancers including ‘Melody Prochet’ who is now known as ‘Melodies Echo Chamber. It was through her first band ‘My Bees garden’ which we stumbled upon back in the Myspace days that we found Bleep Machine records.  One of these songs we wrote the music for ‘Jump In My Machine’ got onto Universal Music Publishing in France which got us onto some films, Disney channels, Euronews and various TV shows! This gave us the confidence to keep writing our own music and here we are today!

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

Originally we didn’t plan to play live but then we wanted to push ourselves and planned to play it as a DJ set but then as Jez was already an experienced drummer it seemed strange not to use his skills to our strengths and decided to play it like a band with a friend from a previous band joining us live on bass guitar.

Could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of your ReverbNation winning track Rewind! ?

We had just released our debut album in December 2017 and decided we wanted to write something more bright and direct with a Summer beach sound as part of a new batch of songs. Rob was playing around with the guitar and suddenly had this funky summery loop that we could build on and we started adding bass and drums and it started to come to life. We pictured this as a starting point of a new project starting like a scene from an 80’s film like a beach party as a beginning of a story!

Do you have plans to release an album soon?

We are looking at releasing an E.P early next year following on from the theme/story that REWIND! has started, probably around 7 songs.

What is the most interesting place you have performed at?

Our second ever gig was at the iconic Plug venue in Sheffield (UK) as part of Tramlines festival which was all live on BBC Radio followed by an interview live on air! Pretty memorable for for our second ever gig!

What do you think is missing from today’s music industry?

People’s attention! Due to the easy access of music online and the vast amount of music available you have really catch people’s attention so music seems to be who can shout the loudest and has more about attention than feeling! It’s a double edged sword as it’s also a lot easier to get music in front of people instantly!

Where is the most exciting place that you have explored?

Rob: A place in Kentucky called Mammoth Cave, amazing place, mainly because it reminded me of The Goonies!

Jez: Portmeirion in North Wales, such a strange but very cool Italian style village that shouldn’t really be there. The 60’s cult classic The Prisoner was filmed there and one of my favourite albums ‘Six’ by ‘Mansun’ was inspired by the place!

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

We have a gig coming up on the 6th December at an iconic venue/pub in Sheffield called The Washington which is where legendary Sheffield bands like Human League and Pulp used to hangout so it has a nice music heritage feel, always makes it a bit more special! and also finishing off a two more songs for our upcoming E.P and generally getting into the festive spirit!

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