Artist’s Name: Before Me

 

Song Title: Can’t Sleep

 

Released: May 15th, 2020.

 

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A new face in the Leeds music scene; Before Me have been playing music together not only as a band but as best friends for 7 years.

 

Having moved from their hometown Cheltenham in the South West to study music in Leeds last year, the boys have spent their first year in Leeds writing, refining, and recording music.

 

Before Me have found a synergy between atmospheric, delicate, electronic textures and high energy, live band elements to produce a sound that is as exciting as it is original.

 

The production of their musical sound world is key to the band’s DNA and is displayed perfectly through their forthcoming single Can’t Sleep from the self-produced EP Do You Feel.

 

Taking influence from modern British guitar bands such as DON BROCO, The 1975 and Bring Me The Horizon, it’s no surprise to find emotional, hard-hitting choruses interspersed with detailed, synthesized backdrops throughout the EP.

 

Lyrically, it explores stories personal to the band yet highly relatable to the audience, depicting the complex nature of relationships in adolescence and the hardships they can cause. The single ‘Can’t Sleep’ is an example of this and was written during a period in which a relationship of such, affected one of the boys in a difficult way. However, the cathartic nature of the song led to it becoming a seminal work for Before Me, further influencing songs to come.

 

Whilst lyrically remaining transparent, the song naturally came into its own in a very short period, owing to the substance it possesses. It leaves nowhere to hide and emanates a powerful sense of honesty – a value the boys hold dear to themselves as a collective, and as individuals.

 

Having taken a temporary hiatus from playing gigs to record and produce the Do You Feel EP entirely by themselves, Before Me are back, now armed with an arsenal of new music that is in line with where the band’s sound currently is.

 

Before Me have a wealth of gigging experience under previous aliases, highlights of which include the Music For Youth Final 2015 (in which they won the best performance practice award, receiving feedback such as, “you write great hooks way beyond your age” at Birmingham Town Hall, 02 Academy Islington, and many sold-out hometown shows. However, having taken the past couple of years to better themselves as musicians and as a collective, it’s safe to say there is a sense of maturity about the band’s sound and temperament…

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

Besides music being something that consumes our day-to-day lives and has done since our earliest memories, for us personally, we couldn’t imagine working a boring job doing something that we don’t want to do; that is enough motivation for us!

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Brief us on the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

As this is our debut EP we have relatively little feedback concerning our recorded music.

 

However, we’ve been a band for a long time and played many gigs where people often feedback to us saying that they’ve really enjoyed the music we play, so we are very excited to get this out into the world.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Utterly essential… Especially right now with not being able to play shows, social media has never been more important. We take it very seriously, but we love making the content and it helps define our visual identity.

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Tell us how you record your song.

We are studying music at the university where they have many high-quality studios.

 

We have produced, recorded, and mixed this new batch of work entirely by ourselves, as we wanted to have complete control over our sound.

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 Tell us the story behind the song.

‘Can’t Sleep’ is about going through a tough time and how much of a physical and mental effect it can have.

 

Whilst it’s originally written about a relationship that left one of us in a difficult way, we want listeners to know that the meaning of this song can be different for everyone; it doesn’t just have to be about heartbreak, more so, it can be about what you as a listener need it to be.

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State your musical skills.

Our line up is Patrick – Lead vocal and bass, George – guitar and backing vocals, Joe – drums.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Writing a song can take anywhere between a couple of hours to a few months, it really depends on the song, there are no rules to it but you have to know when to let a song go if it’s not working.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

Again, it really depends on the song, sometimes a lyric/melodic idea can turn into a song, whereas other times the whole song is written except for vocals and they get added last.

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Discuss the sound of your music.

We combine elements of modern, high-energy rock (bands such as DON BROCO, Bring Me the Horizon, and Boston Manor) with delicate electronic textures, culminating in a sound that is truly unique to us.

 

We strive to create music that is catchy, relatable, and crowd-pleasing, but at the same time is genuine to us and can express a variety of feelings and emotions.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Obviously, this varies between us but for me (Joe), I’d say my favourite genres are rock, jazz, hip-hop, drum and bass, and metal.

 

We can be quite picky about what we like within these genres, but we tend to prefer modern, cutting-edge music and music that is soulful.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Normally consists of having a couple of beers then getting in a rehearsal room and running the set a few times! We’ll take time out to learn new songs if we have them, and we also run backing tracks which can sometimes take a while to set up!

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State your favourite musical instruments.

We love the instruments that we play but our computers are also instruments to us, and making our music would be impossible without them.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

We always want to get the crowd moving, we’ve been writing more dancey/upbeat music recently for this exact reason.

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Discuss your personality in full detail.

I’d say we’re all intelligent, thoughtful people, which definitely comes across in the music, but make no mistake we can still be extremely childish off stage, always making jokes with us and our friends.

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Discuss your music career.

As we’re still studying, we haven’t really had much of a music career yet, hopefully, we can build this up so that we can go into being a band full time once we’re finished, that’s the dream at least!

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List your musical work.

Despite being a band for 7 years this is going to be our debut EP! We’ve taken a lot of time getting this right but we’re at a point where we’re finally happy with it and it’s something we’re very proud of.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

When we’re 15 we won an award at the Music For Youth National Finals for the best performance, it was definitely a big deal for us at the time!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

‘Before Me’ is a song by one of our favourite bands Aracne Roots. This is a band that has had a huge influence on us and the name pays homage to them, as well as alluding to a sense of grandeur and something that is bigger than all of us.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Can’t Sleep, is about going through a difficult patch in life and being so occupied by what is happening to you that you can’t get to sleep at night.

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

The EP is called ‘Do You Feel’ (released June 19th). We picked this name as it is asking the listener if they can ‘feel’ the emotion that we have invested in this record, inviting them into the musical world that is Before Me.

 

 


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