NHC MUSIC intrepid music writer Thomas Neil has been once again let off the writers leash to interview some of his favourite bands on the local music scene, this time round he chats to the hugely talented Twin Heart, check it out below;
So first off, how did you all meet?
Dawn and Murray met at college studying music and started a band, Owen played in a local metal band and filled in for our old band.
Where are you all from?
Dawn and Murray are from Kilmarnock and Owen lives in Stewarton.
How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
We’ve all been playing since we were teenagers.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We are kind of Emo / Alt Rock. We’ve been tagged as Aggressive Pop, we quite like that.
What are your influences?
We all love different music, but we all love the likes of Brand New, Alexisonfire, Early Biffy Clyro, most early Emo and Pop Punk bands.
Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
We never play covers.
What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
It’s basically a reference to our old band finishing up. We all had a love / passion to continue and our relationship with tour friends and family was like that of a close family, so we decided on Twin Heart as we shared the love of music.
Do you have a process for writing your songs? Which of you writes the songs?
Dawn s the main songwriter. She comes upwith the backbone of a song and we chip in with our ideas and suggestions. Sometimes we can smash a song out in 1 practice session, sometimes other songs can take weeks before we are happy.
What are your rehearsals generally like?
We have our own rehersal space which is a huge help to us, it means we can practice any time we want. We normally focus on practice gig/tour at a time. If we have something coming up we will concentrate on that more than writing etc. We gig loads so writing can be hard to get the time for sometimes.
Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
Not really funny…. But Dawn fell off stage at one of our shows early on and knocked herself out. She fell off the 4ft stage…. Was pretty mental. She managed to compose herself and finished the set.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I think the biggest challenge is always what comes ahead. It’s so difficult to maintain success or progression as a band. We are always planning ahead, but being a DIY band money is always the main problem. We love touring but it’s pretty expensive for a small band but we all have the dedication to makinng it work as best we can.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
We are on all of the internet. Best place is prob twinheartmusic.bandcamp.com as that has all our music and merch store all in one. Also check out www.twinheartmusic.com
Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
We released a couple of singles and then in July we released our debut EP. It went down really well and we got some cool press coverage and airplay. We have a brand new single out in Feb with a few special release shows.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We have toured all over UK a few times and been over to Germany. We love touring and playing new places. Places like Bolton, Leeds have always been cool places for us to play. We headlined King Tuts recently which was probably our biggest show. We have had a few bad experiences at gigs, but everything is an experience and we just take it in our stride. We have not had many bad gigs, so we’re always pretty positive and give 100%
What do you think about downloading music online?
I think it’s the easiest way to access music. Small bands realistically are never going to make much money selling music, so if someone pays to download or even does not pay to download then it doesn’t make that much difference, as long as the person is enjoying the music and investing their time into the band by listening. CD’s are still great for touring, people love having a CD till which is cool.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
I think it’s tougher than ever for bands to become successful. The internet is over saturated with bands so it’s difficult for the really good bands to ‘make it’. There are much more indie labels than ever before but with major labels adopting the 360 deal more often these days it’s harder and harder for bands to make money. But we love it…. So there will always be amazing bands who never made it.
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