Hermosa Pier

 

Hermosa Pier

Hermosa Pier

 

ARTIST NAME: Hermosa Pier

 

SONG TITLE: Out Of Sight, Still On My Mind

 

ALBUM TITLE: Words To Myself EP

 

RELEASE DATE: 27/04/20

 

GENRE: Indie Pop

 

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Hermosa Pier are an Indie/Pop band from the West Midlands, UK.

 

Their sound is based around a solid rhythmic foundation, catchy and engaging guitar parts, and a strong female lead vocal.

 

The band’s rock, blues, jazz, funk, and 80s pop influences lend themselves to the band’s original sound.

 

The band kicked off their career with the release of their debut single ‘Doing Fine,’ an 80’s influenced pop/rock tune with a catchy chorus, groovy guitar solo, and tight rhythmic foundation, at the start of 2019.

 

The track was well received, generating thousands of hits across social media during its first week of release. Since then, the band have been busy gigging, writing, and recording new music, with their first EP entitled ‘Words To Myself’ scheduled for release 27th April 2020.

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How do you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians?

Dom: We each have a wide range of different influences and inspirations, so I think that when we bring that all together, we end up with a more original sound.

 

Kate: I think all our musical styles and flavours are different in their origin so when we come together and write as a group we come up with a unique sound!

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What are your goals and plans?

Tom: To keep writing and releasing new music and keep gigging and playing shows!

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

Holly: Aurora, Rising Appalachia, Sigrid, Biffy Clyro, The 1975.

 

Dom: I’ve been listening to Sigrid’s album ‘Sucker Punch,’ and Cory Wong’s latest album ‘Elevated Music for an Elevated Mood’… John Mayer, Mark Lettieri, and Don Broco are also regularly on heavy rotation.

 

Kate: Fatherson, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Foals…

 

Tom: I don’t really listen to many current bands apart from Daft Punk (obsessed) and Nothing But Thieves.

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What has changed in the music industry?

Dom: I think the advancements in home recording technology and equipment over the last 10-15 years, and the fact that home recording equipment is so much more accessible now, has had a big impact on making it easier for independent musicians and artists to make and record music, and also on the number of independent artists that are releasing music.

 

With how big social media is as well and the range of promotional tools available online, it’s becoming easier and easier for independent musicians to release music without the need for a record label. That’s not to say that it is ‘easy’ but that it is easier than it has ever been.

 

Kate: The music industry is now so much more technology-dependent. As an artist and a musician, it is paramount that your musical journey matches the technological advancements the industry is making. Nowadays a hit song can be made in a high-end recording studio or your living room.

 

Tom: Yeah, I agree with what’s been said about technology like home recording, etc., helps with writing – sending ideas over as and when kind of thing.

 

And even though there are no gigs now (COVID-19) we’re still able to promote our music through social media.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle them.

Kate: Obviously with everything going on with COVID-19 there are no gigs now which can be a struggle! And then there’s the ongoing struggle of gaining exposure and reach on social media.

 

Tom: Just tons of competition everywhere and it’s so difficult to stand out!

 

In terms of how it can be tackled – content on the radio like supporting independent artists. For example, I know in Canada they have a thing where a certain percentage of their radio content must be Canadian artists – (Random fact) think it’s 35%.

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

Kate: Social media is a key communication platform and can be ideal for promoting music. It’s the fastest access to getting your name and music heard by people all around the globe.

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What motivates you to go on with your music career?

Kate: How much we enjoy playing together and making music. It gives me a sense of belonging.

 

Holly: For me, I am motivated to continue working creatively through music because I am most content when I am expressing myself this way.

 

Tom: It’s our passion… it’s what we’ve grown up wanting to do and I genuinely believe our music offers something a bit different to what you hear regularly now!

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Elaborate on the story behind the song.

Holly: It’s literally just about waiting up for someone to come home!

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Tell us about the process involved in making this song.

Dom: The raw idea for Out of Sight, Still on My Mind came about in 2018 when we had just formed as a band, but it wasn’t until early 2019 that we started writing and developing the songfully.

 

When we decided to include the song in the EP in mid-2019, we started to finalize our ideas for the arrangement and took it to the studio. Holly is responsible for all of the vocal melodies and lyrics throughout the Words To Myself EP!

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Holly: The title of the EP is ‘Words to Myself.’ This is also one of the names of the songs on the EP. To me, the whole writing process was a series of messages or ‘words’ written to myself in a way to process feelings and emotions. The name ‘Words to Myself’ felt like the best way to summarize that process.


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