In our next Band Spotlight we chat to UK post-rock standouts LØE about music, inspirations and more.
S] Hi guys, how are you today?
LØE] Hi Dom, we are all doing very well thank you. It’s great to have a chat with you. Hope you’re doing good?!
S] Talk us through your inspirations outside of music, think specific people, places, games and art for example?
LØE] I think a big inspiration for us is cinematography. We incorporate a live visual / video element to our live shows and sometimes our music can be shaped by the narrative that video can create. We also use speech samples from historical figures in our songs which convey different emotions and moods and so we try to reflect those emotions within our music and use that underlying feeling created by the words to shape the direction of a song.
S] What does success mean to you?
LØE] Measuring success is very difficult I think as we all have different benchmarks for that. We all certainly have personal goals we’d like to tick off as a band from venues we’d like to play, records we’d like to produce / release, bands we’d love to share a stage with and audiences we’d like to play to. But I guess success to us is making music that connects people and that people can resonate with. One of the things we love as a band is playing live and making that connection with audiences.
S] What are the greatest challenges that you face as a band?
LØE] A challenge we face is in not having a singer and peoples expectations /presumptions about that. We use speech from famous historical figures as the frontman to the band and at times it can be challenging as it isn’t always what an audience expects to hear and see. But to our surprise it’s been met so far with a really good reception. We always worry how people are going to react to a band without a singer.
S] What are some of your biggest goals for the rest of this year?
LØE] Our short term goal at present is to continue to write, record and put out new music and reach as many people as possible. We are in the studio again in April with legendary producer David Watts (Vennart, Biffy Clyro, Allusinlove) at Chairworks to record new material. We want to hopefully continue the support we’ve already received and try to reach wider audiences. I suppose a bigger goal this year is to try and get out on the biggest stages we possible can. We are set to open for And You Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, March 6th in Leeds which is something we are incredibly excited for and feels very special to us.
S] What advice would you give to other emerging artists?
LØE] We’ve only been together for 9 months as LØE. It all sounds so clichéd but our biggest advice would be not to give up. There are going to be times where you might question if it’s all worth it but they will equally be coupled with times that you feel on top of the world. We were given some advice from a band we played with recently and respect hugely, Vex Red – they said, “don’t lose that momentum” as hard and painful as it may seem at times, keep going because it will pay off.