2011 - album ‘Slow Release’
2010 - single ‘Burning’
2010 - single ‘You Won’
2009 - single ‘Menolick’
2008 - album ‘Ronde de Nuit’
Hi guys, how are you?
Feeling good about this interview, thanks
Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Sean Ormsby: voice, guitar
Fabien Pinardon: bass
Marco Morelli: lead guitar
Stephen McLaren: piano, vocals
Keith Kirkwood: drums
How long has the current band line up been together?
1 year in current state, band started in 2007
How did you meet each other?
Sean met Marco via gumtree website, Fabien met Keith thru software programming duties, we all met Stephen in a gig in Dundee with his band Collar Up.
How did you come up with the band name?
Sean and Fabien were in a house party back in 2007, the council turned up asking the party host to stop for noise pollution reasons. Then the name ‘Night Noise Team’ came in mind, we registered it the week after and started writing songs.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
We mostly craft melodic pop songs, but occasionally indulge ourselves and the audience with a touch of rock, electro, funk and disco. NNT lyrics can be a reflection on the city and the ways it affects people. We love twists in term of vocals, sounds and chord progressions. Night Noise Team music is tight and punchy, but can also be as gentle as Sunday morning.
What music did you listen to while growing up?
The Smiths, Daft Punk, Chicago, Mano Negra, The Clashs, Ennio Moricone, early Bowie, Earth wind and Fire, Cerrone, Grand Master Flash, NTM (French rap), Blondie, Jamiroquai, Serge Gainsbourgh, Donna Summer, The Strokes, The police, Chic, Blur, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow, Public Enemy.
Which artist or track inspired you to want to make music yourself?
When was the ‘I want to do that!’ moment?
Fabien: I saw a band playing Zouc (very energetic style from the French Caribbean islands) in the early 90’s, the sound was so vibrant and full of life, there was some serious dancing going on too. As well as seeing Jamiroquai live in Paris, around 1993, the tune ‘Blow your mind’, there was some illegal substances passed around on the Zenith stage. I started to believe that musicians have more fun.
What was the last music you put on your ipod or mp3 player?
Phoenix - their last album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’
Musique - ‘Summer Love’
What have you been up to recently?
We played ‘BBC Introducing’ with Ally McRae on Radio 1, we last played King Tuts in Glasgow and Sneaky Petes in Edinburgh to promote our new album ‘Slow Release’.
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
We will be playing more gigs in Scotland and hopefully in the rest of the UK, Germany, Holland and France. Our website will be updated with new music, live materials and videos. We are also writing new songs.
Do you have a favourite piece of musical kit that you couldn’t live without? (effects pedal, software plugin, lucky guitar strap!)
Sean has a lucky plectrum; it gives him the power of strumming. Fabien has a lucky 20p coin supporting a broken bolt of his bass guitar bridge, it gives him no power at all.
If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A white 1965 Fender Jazz Bass. A Rhode MII 73. A Fender Stratocaster.
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yes, pretty much, except the laptop. Our guitarist apparently has a rare Gibson guitar he s been hiding from us.
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
We are the first NNT cover band, we are trying to play as close as possible to the original sound. Stephen, our keyboard player, does contribute quite a bit to achieve just that thru different synth settings. We have put a sticker on the main keyboard which says ‘Please remember to load the f…g settings’. We don’t use backing tracks, it kind of back fired for Milly Vanilli.
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
Sean and Fabien record, arrange and produce Night Noise Team, others have helped along the way. They also make decent café.
Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
We are looking for a publishing deal and are always scouting for artists we would like to work with. We have a good portfolio of great songs. Fabien is currently trying to get in touch with Benjamin Diamond from the band Stardust, Benjamin, please, reply to your emails.
Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Recording in NNT is a relax business, we have lot of time and we never run out of tapes. Sean and Fabien always come up with demos that are shared within the band, the other guys are pros and learn fast. The hardest parts are mixing and mastering, it can become unpleasant if the sound isn’t quite right, but we always crack the code or eventually drop the problematic song.
Do you have any new recordings planned?
Our second album ‘Slow Release’ was released earlier this year, we are currently promoting it. But Sean and Fabien have recently recorded four new songs.
Which are your favourite original tracks?
From NNT? ‘Black Café At Midnight’ from the first album, ‘You Won’ and ‘The Gift’ from the new album, it makes us want to dance.
Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Sean writes all lyrics. Sean and Fabien co-write the music.
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
It all depends on the ‘song’. We don’t need to fill an album with tracks, that’s pointless to us. Instead, we take a long time to craft solid songs out of a need. The idea of an album only comes later, and I guess songs become tracks and get mastered equally. If a song is great but doesn’t feel right in term of recording then we simply drop it, we are not complaisant. The recording process is spontaneous, we don’t take note and we rarely have an agenda.
Do you have a method for writing songs?
Sean writes a lot of songs, Fabien helps him recording and arranging them. Sometimes it is the other way around, Fabien will write a pre-mature song and Sean help completing the structure with vocal melodies and lyrics.
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We promote through our own website and label. But we are also on lastfm, bandcamp, myspace and we have a facebook group. We are in touch with most ‘relevant’ music blogs, we listen to them and send press releases. We are widely reviewed by both professional and independent press. This is a feel good operation.
What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
The best experience was in T in the park, we played at the T Break stage, at the same time Jay Z was performing on the main stage. Sean showed some respect to Jay and someone in the audience shouted “Who the f..k is Jay Z when you got f..king noise”, priceless! This was actually recorded and available to listen on our website ;)
Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
We have some tunes that totally fit for film, ‘Drifting’ from the new album was written with film in mind. As well as ‘Death Walk’ from our first album.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
Our new album ‘Slow Release’ is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Spotify. Cds are also available, and the artwork is really cool.
Check our website at www.nightnoiseteam.com for everything you need to know about the band.