Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins during the band’s set at New Orleans Jazz Festival, after replacing the Foo Fighters headline slot.
ISOLATION INTERVIEWS: After London
Hi guys! First of all, how are you keeping yourselves busy during isolation? Are you using this time to learn any new skills?
Hello!!! It’s a weird time, right – hope everyone’s doing ok! x Well, we’ve set up a “creation station” in our flat… which is essentially a mini studio in the living room. It’s looking beauttt. We are using this time as an opportunity to just write as much as we can and see how it goes. We’re sharing ideas over emails and WhatsApp and just looking forward to when we can properly bring these ideas together in one room. Can’t lie though, have also smashed out Tiger King and Cheer on Netflix obviously. Very good, would recommend.
I discovered you guys through Instagram, and although I’ve seen videos of you playing live, I still haven’t had a chance to see you in action, what can people expect when they come to one of your shows?
Well when we’re all allowed outside again, we need to get you down to our first show post-lockdown. Expect big energy, a lot of noise, a lot of jumping about. It’s our favourite thing to do tbh, there’s no better feeling. Missing it so much.
Three of you in the band are siblings, which I assume explains how you know each, but how did Jake and Alex come into the picture?
Alex and Will met each other at uni and started playing music together; just the good old acoustic guitar and violin back then. Byron and I were then living in different cities but we’d all play music together as and when we could. We got to a point though where we were like, yeah let’s actually do this properly and start a band, at which point we miraculously met JP online and AFTER LONDON started. Haven’t looked back since.
I’ve had your music on repeat on Spotify, but if you could only pick one song to represent the band, which would it be?
We’d probably say You Know What I Mean. It’s our latest single and I think it translates the raw energy you’d get from us in a live show. We started writing with synths and included them in our live setup, and this is the first track which resembles this kinda new direction we’ve taken.
Do you have any plans to release new music in 2020? (Despite the current circumstances).
Yeahhhhh, we’re cooking up something special for 2020. All will be announced very soon. If you’ve been to our shows recently, you will know the song and the energy always gets pretty mad. It feels good to be able to share new music at a time like this.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Stay safe lovely people. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Finally, after two years of us all sitting around our computers, watching live streams, desperately trying to recreate that festival feeling, The Great Escape is back and ready to take over Brighton. For 4 days in May, music lovers, industry experts, and artists from all around the world will decent on the seaside town, ready to explore the 30+ walkable venues and discover some incredible new bands.
Today, Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studio, announces the inaugural Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022 in association with Hennessy – the first-ever awards to celebrate the art of music photography.