How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I normally write them over time in a note book I have. I like to have it physically written out most of the time. I wouldn’t say I struggle but I don’t like to rush lyrics, I’ve always thought they are the most personal part to a song, I always write from personal experience or stories so getting them down and to come across in the right way that can make the listener connect with me takes time. Sometimes I write lyrics anywhere I am if I feel something or have an idea and sometimes we write all the music and then I write lyrics to the music.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think for me the most important thing is having a killer story and being able to simply tell that story for everyone.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I wouldn’t say I’m scared of revealing personal life/experiences to fans or people listening.. on our last album there is a song called ‘Mother’ which is about the process of my mother passing and the last time I saw her. Although sometimes I do stop myself and think ‘can I say that?’ ‘Is that too far?’ but with our music we’ve never wanted any limitations to it so I quickly try and snap out of that. I think the hardest part was at the beginning when we were meeting other artists and song writers writing songs and explaining what was in my head to them and whether they were going to understand it.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
‘I hold your hand for hours, even when I know it’s done, I hope you felt me there, I hope you felt your son’
What inspired “Fever”, part of your latest album “Dare”?
Aha Fever was inspired about a girl that I met that I worked with on a video but was involved with someone at the time but we got on yah know and then the guys saw us around each other and started ripping into me joking around and then ‘she’s got Tino fever’ came out and that’s where it stemmed from!
And “NY to LA”?
NY to LA is based around the idea and time in my and the rest of the guys lives of finally touring worldwide and the reality of we aren’t around for a long time anywhere so maintaining any kinds of relationship be it friendship, love, meeting someone and having an amazing time and get lost in it and then we’re off again. We also had a pretty wild time from NY to LA involving an insane American tour driver.. and no sleep.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Flickin’ Your Hair”?
Yeah I do! I actually had a vocal melody and idea in my head and I could hear the guitar with it. We were staying in an apartment in LA for a day or two before our show.. I went up to the top floor with one of our guitars and recorded the idea down then developed a bit more at home.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Duncan Mills is an amazing producer and one of our best friends now! We’ve shared so many amazing moments from recording two albums together and he’s bought our ideas and feelings to the world. He is incredible with pitching and rhythms. The chorus of Flicking Your Hair was originally a bit straighter but in pre production he told us try it a bit more swingy and it’s probably one of my favourite choruses we have of not my favourite!
What are your plans for 2019?
To show everyone what we can really do now we are free of our ex label/management and to try and be more in the moment and take in what’s happening and be happy.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your album “Dare”: Daring.
- The best show you ever played: That’s so hard cos I love playing live anywhere! But I’d have to say Brixton academy twice! It was an unreal feeling looking out and the crowd were insane as always! We nailed the performance too.
- The one thing that you must have backstage: A nice little whiskey or red!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Fxxk! What the hell, this is too hard! I’d have to say either ‘welcome to the black parade’ by My Chemical Romance or The OC soundtracks… damn that show was good.
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Alice In Chains – Nutshell.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Love yourself, be confident in yourself, know your worth and the right person will find you.