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Over the sun

Hi, how are you?
Fine thanks.

Would you mind introducing yourselves and telling us what instruments you play?
I'm Aoife and I sing - we've got Joe on keys and accordian, Emlyn on the bass, Jonny on Guitar and Danny T. on percussion.

How long has the current band line up been together?
About a year and a half.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Acoustic ambient dance songs - haha thats must be a new genre...

What have you been up to recently?
We played a couple of gigs in Leeds recently both happened to coincide with the World Cup England games strangely although we didnt see much of the celebrating.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
We have Hebden Bridge festival, Manchester Jazz festival, Limetree festival in Yorkshire coming up in the next two months. We are also working on a new album already and will be recording that in August / September time and we will definitely play some songs from it and put bits up online.

How did you meet each other?
Joe and me started the thing off and we luckily knew all the other guys from Leeds there's a bit of a thing going on with musicians and artists where we live in glamorous Armley (West Leeds).

How did you come up with your name for the band?
Its a girls name and we just thought, that sounds good then we found out it means motherland or homeland which we thought was a nice touch so we stuck with it.

Did you always want to be in a band?
No, but we found out it's a usually a lot of fun.


What music did you listen to while growing up?
Loads of things  - Irish music, R&B, Jazz - quite alot of female singers - thats me Aoife the rest of the band has some really diverse answers AC/DC, James Taylor, Prince!

What were your first music making experiences?
Joe - "I remember me and my two primary school friends getting three identical casio keyboards and setting them up in a line and writing eighties style, well it was in the eighties, sort of electro pop, i really wish i had a tape of that... just to laugh at".

What is your current equipment?
Live we use guitar, keyboard/accordian, Percussion, bass and two singers.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
We tend to add a few electronic touches and samples in the studio but on the next album we are trying to make it a bit more like the live sound.

Would you sign with a major record company?
It depends but I'd say..... Yes.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It gets easier - i think you realise its all a means to an end so playing gigs is in a way more important. If you can enjoy recording as much as your gigs it gets easier.

Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
As a chilled-out track I really like "These things you do".

Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Aoife and Joe although Jonny has written a few too and there's a few other kind of guest writers on the first CD.

Do you have a method for writing songs? (lyrics first, music first, etc)
Both ways but always clearly starts with one or the other.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
The first idea is always easy its hard work usually developing it out into the full thing - i think its probably the best songs that you can come up with are the ones where it feels easy.

Which countries have you gigged in?
We have played a few times in Spain and a couple of times in Menorca and Barcelona. Also Istanbul in Turkey where we have some good musician friends - we are hoping to get a festival gig out there later this year - it's a huge city and has an amazing amount of music going on.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
Joe - "Japan would be great- I've has been there a few times and the audiences listen to every note.."

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We make posters and badges sometimes and we dont have any special tricks - we rely on word of mouth alot and I think maybe we should be exploiting social networking a bit more - we are on facebook though!

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
I don't really need to calm down before a gig usually - I think the nervous energy turns into chat with people!

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
No but we recently sent off a remix of a track for a possible fashion advert - it's for something in Brazil it would be a great thing to get.

Is it something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
certainly would - a few people have said that the Rodina album sounds cinematic and has quite a good sound for it like a Bond film!

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