Exclusive – When We Were Giants
We always love to introduce you to some very talented individuals. Today we have a very talented group from Boston, England by the name of When We Were Giants! Check out this FKN Exclusive with When We Were Giants and see how their group started out in the industry! Also listen in to one of his latest songs.
Group Name: When We Were Giants
City/State: Boston, England
So tell us a little bit about yourself?
- I sing, play guitar, bass, piano, program and produce for When We Were Giants. When We Were Giants is my first real band if you will (even if it does consist of two members), I’ve played with people before but never really been in a band. I recently turned 18 and I’m studying music in college. Apart from working with the band there isn’t much I really do, I’m a bit of a recluse haha. I read quite a bit, I love children’s books like Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh but also darker things such as Dorian Gray. And of course, I love comics, recently it’s The Umbrella Academy and The Walking Dead that’s been filling my time. I also love tattoos and I love getting tattooed!
What inspired you to start singing?
- It’s hard to say really, I think it just hit me one day that I don’t need to be able to sing to be a singer. I would listen to old Taking Back Sunday records and think, wow this guy can’t hold a note and neither can I so I may as well sing too. I don’t really consider myself having the ability to sing, I think I’m an awful singer but I enjoy it haha. If I had to say an exact thing that inspired me though it would probably be the fact that at shows, the audience would be hanging onto the singers every word and I thought that that was incredible and I wanted the ability to do so.
Were there any hard challenges you had to face in the industry?
- Of course, there always are. To begin with, record labels and anyone we would submit demos to wouldn’t give us a chance because we weren’t able to produce great sounding music. Recording from a 3×5 metre bedroom, it proved to be difficult but I think that you have to look past recording quality sometimes. So yeah, we spent a long time getting ignored but then I learnt how to produce to a good standard with what we have so now we’re starting to get recognition. It’s also hard to build a name for yourself nowadays because nobody wants to know if you’re a small band, especially in a dying industry.
What ways have you found was the best way to promote yourself?
- The ways I found best is to contact every contact that crosses your path. At some point someone is bound to like what you have.
What would be your most memorable moment while singing?
- When we record albums we don’t play it as a band and then record it, I mean there’s only two of us, it’s impossible. So we record the music and then learn it with friends and then play as a full band and the most memorable moment would have to be the first practice after our first album, playing as a full band was incredible, the energy from a live band is so much different than hearing a recording of it.
Are there any goals that you would like to achieve?
- I’d love to do a tour, play a festival, carry on building a fan base and maybe another album all in the next 10 months.
What can we expect from you in the future?
- Everything I just said and hopefully more haha.
Are there any upcoming albums you are releasing?
- We just finished up mixing the songs that didn’t make it to the album so they’re going on an e.p. We have a split coming out with Battleship Romance in the next few months. We’re on a compilation Homesick Records is doing which is set for release this month. Currently working on another e.p and I’ve had thoughts about a mini album that will be like Brand New’s a Devil and God to the rest of their stuff. I like to constantly have things in the works.
What do you think of FKN Famous?
- I think what they stand for is awesome. Over the past few years it seems that artistic industry is losing solidarity and to have something stand up for fashion and events and music is something that everyone needed and wanted.
Any last shout outs?
- To my family, girlfriend, friends, Kane, The Battleship and everyone who checked out our album. Thank you all!
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