THERE is a long and deep connection between…
the guys of cleopatrick. I have been speaking with them about their new single, youth, and whether further material will arrive – they tell me how they got together and what Ontario is like in terms of music and vibe.
The cleopatrick boys reveal some hot-off-the-press tour dates and talk about favourite musical memories; they highlight some upcoming artists to get behind; some useful advice for emerging musicians is provided – they end the interview by selecting some great songs.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
Incredible, dude. Life is incredible.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
Hey. We are cleopatrick; two twenty-one-year-old dudes talking sh*t with a guitar and a drumkit.
Youth is the new single. What is the tale behind the song?
Youth is about a lot of things - growing up; not fitting in; regretting inaction and regretting action. It’s melancholic nostalgia in the key of Dm.
It seems like it holds personal anger and struggle. Was it quite cathartic ‘letting it all out’, as it were?!
For sure. There have been a lot of shows where we get to that ending moment and I let a bit too much emotion out in those lines and lose my voice for the whole outro. A dangerous song, but it feels amazing.
Will there be more material coming a little later? What are you working on?
We are writing a bunch of new stuff at the moment. Not really sure what it is, what it’s for and when it will be heard. But, if you catch us live you'll get to enjoy them a lot sooner.
How did cleopatrick start life? When did you start making music?
Ian and I met and instantly became best friends on the first day of junior kindergarten at the tender age of four. We started making music four years later, when we turned eight, and our parents got us both semi-matching acoustic guitars. Cleopatrick started when we graduated high-school.
Ontario is your base. What is the area like for local talent and great venues?
Ontario is where it’s at right now for emerging guitar bands. Some people like to think otherwise but the musicians in this scene are some of the most creative, hardworking and incredibly talented artists we have ever met. Some great bands that are clearly about to blow up; I’m talking Ready the Prince, The Kents; Texas King - the list goes on and on.
In terms of music; what do you listen to when not recording your own?
We listen to a lot of stuff. I've been obsessed with Anderson .Paak for the last six months of my life. BROCKHAMPTONs Saturation trilogy. The new Arctic Monkeys record is fucki*g unreal. Anything cool and real.
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
Well. I was hoping we’d become the top-grossing artist in the world so I could buy a motorcycle, but it looks like we are running out of time in 2018 to make that happen. So, pushing that to next year, I think we are just looking to make some awesome memories with our friends and share our art with as many new people as possible. Also, maybe quit our day jobs…
Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
We threw an insane house-party in my living room for the Daphne Did It music video. It was exclusively friends and long-time cleo supporters. That was genuinely the best night of my life. Looking out and seeing so many beautiful people that have helped push my dreams into reality.
If you could all support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Probably Post Malone.
Our rider would only state that he has to hang out with us in the green room for, like, fifteen minutes - All for Instagram.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Make music that you think is dope. Say things that give you a weird but cool feeling in your chest - and make it about having fun with your friends. Nothing matters. You’re pinned down to a rock in space.
Where can we see you tour before the end of the year?
19.09: Cologne, Germany – Studio 672
21.09: Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
28.09: Huddersfield - The Parish
29.09: Nottingham – Rockcity Hey Hey Hey
30.09: Glasgow - King Tut’s
02.10: Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
03.10: Birmingham - Sunflower Longue
04.10: Leeds – Oporto
06.10: Manchester - Neighbourhood Festival
07.10: London - Communion Club Night
IN THIS PHOTO: Ready the Prince
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Do you all get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Hangout with our friends; talking about Drake with Sanjay; making dumb jokes in my basement; drinking SoCIAL LITE with Jake Shorten.
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).
Dead Roads by Ready the Prince
Stoned Love by dubé