So I met up with the guys from ‘Secret Company’ an outstanding genre mash of Indie-pop and synthesised accompanying tracks that are uplifting and exhilarating, It was an off the cuff meet up with me and the lads in the pub where we all grabbed a pint and introduced ourselves, the back and forth started pretty quickly between myself, James, Scott, Kushal, Tim and Rob; as we blast through questions with such velocity that I barely touch my beer, we talk about hitting sound techs with a cactus and playing with each others ‘Tama’.
‘We’ve been getting some really decent radio play over in America thanks to Passport Approved with Sat Bisla’…Well I’ve had a look and modesty is a great policy guys but sitting in the top 3 on Sat’s list is an achievement!
In case you haven’t heard of it, 'Passport Approved’ is an independent, import radio show which showcases talent from around the world, on different stations around the world, and is run by Sat Bisla an acclaimed DJ from the U.K. now living in Los Angeles.
We get round to the working process and how they obtain the sounds, tone, texture and most of all, the building blocks of their songs… how do they write their music? ‘It goes through various stages’ … ’as it’s coming together, we’re getting the guts of the song, then we get the whole feel of the song live… then it can change quite a lot, we just see what shapes up from there’.
James and Scott mainly sit and write together then throw their ideas into the live practise environment. ‘Five of you trying to write in the same room is impossible’ as I understand I steer firmly away from the subject (especially as I have already been told they all have a very different taste in music). I know writing music has so many influences that it can very easily spark an argument between even the closest of friends… in fact I think it’s easier the closer you are.
So away from that we move on to the big subjects… tours and festivals! I ask what ones they like and of which they would like to perform at: ‘All of them! Well, we played the great escape this year, so hopefully we’ll be able to do it again because it was loads of fun, and we played one near us in Essex which is ‘BrownStock’ that was really cool… hopefully we will be able to get some support slots, that’d be nice…’.
I wanted to find out what kit they used on stage so we got round to what kind of tech they use, to which I receive a good response. ‘Well we all use Strats [Fender, Stratocasters], we love the Fender sound, we’re pretty much all Fender when it comes to guitars’… Awesome! that pretty much sums up what I asked… I should have stopped there… but I persist and ask about the drums ‘Well we use Tama drums sometimes he [Rob] plays with my [Tim] Tama and sometimes I play with his Tama’ this unfolded into a slurry of bad innuendos and fits of laughter tangled around the subject of playing with each others ‘Tama’… just to clarify, ‘Tama’ is a percussion brand and is not a code name for anything else, at least that’s what i’m telling myself but their name is ‘Secret Company’ so you never know!
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Photography by Daniel Quesada
(Scott Revell, James Patman, Kushal Gupta, Tim Reyland, Rob Clemson)