I have been speaking with Imperial Daze...
about their new single, Man Out of Myself, and what its story is. I learn how the band got together and whether they share the same music tastes; which albums are most important to them and what next year holds.
The guys talk about gigs and artists to watch; how they spend time outside of music and which artist they’d support if they had the chance – they each select a great song to end things with.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
On a bit of a caffeine high writing this, listening to Nilla Pizzi; feeling somewhat romantic, a tad hungry. The week has been great. We played a stripped back show at Soho House on Monday. On Tuesday, we met with director extraordinaire Nathan Sam Long to talk about future film work and with Rupert Jarvis (of Maccabees fame) to talk about the next set of recordings we are making in our Electric Eel Studio. Today (Wednesday) we are rehearsing for our show in Margate at Elsewhere this weekend.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We are a four-piece European band made up of Alex, Felix; Facundo and Tom. We like our music to groove; the sounds to be expansive and cinematic and the vocals to croon and be delivered with gusto.
Man Out of Myself is your new track. Is there a story behind the song?
The chorus of the song came out from a (very) late-night jam session with ex-bandmate Blain McGuigan back in 2016. It was a natural singalong for us all. I (Alex) then took the song home to my kitchen and the verses appeared to me whilst messing around on my Technics organ. It’s a picture of a relationship I had at the time and my musings on it.
Might there be more material coming next year?
There will be a lot of singles next year. Maybe an E.P.
I believe Imperial Daze found one another in late-2016 where you set up your own studio. Did you start playing music together before then?
We played in different bands previously and decided to set up a studio together when these bands disbanded. At the time, the idea was to under no condition start a new band! We wanted to release E.P.s of lots of different projects simultaneously but, somehow, things didn’t pan out that way. Having one good idea is hard enough and, unless you’re Damon Albarn, having five seems like black magic.
Do you share similar tastes? Who are you inspired by?
We absolutely share similar tastes. We don’t agree on everything but these differences can bring really interesting things to the table. Overall, our main influences as a band would be Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear; Damon Albarn, Ed Banger records, old Surf records and modern London Jazz.
Is it true you made a bit of money for writing music for a PlayStation 4 advert?! Was that pretty cool?!
That was the paycheck that enabled us to start the first studio space that birthed the project so, yes, it was incredibly cool! Since then, we’ve written regularly for film and advert. It’s what funds this band. We are incredibly D.I.Y. in that aspect of what we do.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
Get our latest releases into the eyes and ears of a greater audience; slay our upcoming shows and record the next batch of singles in our own Electric Eel studio.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
Sell out our next London show at Sebright Arms on 13th Feb. Keep releasing singles, making films and selling out bigger and bigger venues in London and Paris.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Selling out our first London headline at The Waiting Room at the start of November was really special for us. The response from the crowd really humbled us and made us feel very loved indeed.
Which one album means the most to each of you would you say (and why)?
Facundo: The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd
It changed everything for me from the first listen. I met Roger Waters two weeks after that first listen as I was in a children’s choir singing on one of his records. At the time, I had no idea it was the same guy!
Felix: Kid A by Radiohead
It was the only album I had during a long summer as a teenager, stranded with my Discman. It was the first time I realized how production can impact the listening experience.
Alex: Blonde by Frank Ocean
I love how this record doesn’t follow any direct rulebook of genre or style but simply tells the story of a character through pure musical honesty. Everything feels so cinematic and adventurous to me. Ultimately, the life of Frank Ocean feels so relatable to me on this record even though our lives are nothing alike. That’s a mad impressive feat to pull off.
Tom: Black Focus by Yussef Kamaal
It showed me what you can do with spontaneity on a record: keeping the errors in and making the whole thing feel very human and vulnerable. It also opened a world of experimental Jazz to me.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Tame Impala. Cucumber sandwiches cut into triangles, fresh socks and a bottle of Campari.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Try and figure out what you want your project to represent from the get-go. As an artist, you can have many sides to your output - but every project should be honed to precision so its identity is easy to convey.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
06.12.2018: Moles in Bath
13.02.2019: Sebright Arms in London
IN THIS PHOTO: HEZEN
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
No need to unwind from music, but we do love our friends and families and sometimes they do want to see us at other times then when we play gigs.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Tom: Street Fighter Mas by Kamasi Washington
Alex: Souk Eye by Gorillaz
Felix: Everything Apart by Foxwarren
Facundo: Tearz (45 Mix) by El Michels Affair and Lee Fields
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