Sapien Trace - More Than I Can Give

Sapien Trace – More Than I Can Give

 

ARTIST NAME: Sapien Trace

 

SONG TITLE: More Than I Can Give

 

RELEASE DATE: 21st February 2020

 

GENRE: Electronica Pop, Deep House, Rock

 

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Discuss your music career.

I’m Mark Dickinson (the singer) and I work collaboratively with Alex Brand (bass guitarist) and Dan Baldwin (drummer) calling on influences as diverse as Korn and Skrillex to Nero and Goldfrapp, Daft Punk and Rudimental.

 

We formed in late 2016 after I met Alex at a fancy-dress Halloween party then Dan joined us a few months later and we started performing in June 2017.

 

 

Our proudest moment so far is gaining airplay on BBC Introducing North East, Kerrang and many independent stations globally. Just hearing your song on the radio, Wow! We are building a strong reputation performing at the festival and live venues across the northeast and intend to perform further afield.

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Tell us how you build the confidence to face the audience. 

It’s a little easier for me as the singer (Mark) as I have a lot of experience as a solo performer but Dan and Alex build their confidence by remembering we are all here to entertain and play our songs and after a few seconds into the music we are all going crazy and giving it 100%, the nerves don’t last for long!

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Tell us your weaknesses and strength in performance. 

Our strengths are our music, performance, and skill as musicians but weakness wise it would initially be our confidence and stagecraft when we started but that has improved with experience.

 

As we are a relatively new band, we have yet to build a huge fan base to boost the atmosphere even further.

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Discuss your songwriting. 

Our songwriting is a collaborative approach we share ideas and often Alex will come with a basic structure or idea for us to build on or I or Dan will have an idea and we all offer suggestions and record.

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List your other skills apart from singing. 

Our other skills would be stagecraft. I am now a more entertaining front man often drawing the audience in and our songwriting is another skill which is a real strength because we tell each other honestly what we think and respect each other’s experience and knowledge to make sure the track is the best we can do before we cut it loose.

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Tell us the most memorable moment in your music career. 

Our most memorable moment is hearing our tracks on the radio or when we performed at a couple of festivals last year where people came over to hear us and then were joining in on our songs and dancing like crazy which is so good to see.

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Discuss your first performance. 

We did a half-hour set at Think Tank in Newcastle, and we were so nervous, but the bass kicked in, and the crowd went crazy, and we just felt like we partied with the audience.

 

It just made us so happy to know people enjoyed our music and didn’t mind my Dad dancing!

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Elaborate on what you know about the music business. 

We have come from a live music background and are quickly learning that it’s also all about online presence and building followers etc.

 

You could have a brilliant song but if the visuals are poor and no one hears it, it gets nowhere. Therefore, we are more focused on our social media etc.

 

We are also learning that there is a lot out there that can help, and you can get good advice and do a lot on your own without spending a fortune on experts.

 

We have learned so much so quickly with the release of ‘More than I can give.’

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List the instruments you can play. 

Drums, bass guitar, logic and sample pad.

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Tell us how you tackle a pitch in your performance. 

All our gigs involve us drawing the audience in with a full-on performance and banter between the tracks to maintain or build a rapport then entertain them throughout otherwise we fail and so far, that hasn’t happened.

 

 

Any mistakes we soldier on, one time the monitors didn’t work properly so we had to soldier on, thankfully we were ok.

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Tell us how you build your melody. 

Our melody is usually built around a basic hook or idea and we experiment with our own ideas using bass guitar, sample pad, and logic.

 

Often getting inspiration from contemporary artists and our influences.

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Describe your live performance and recording in the studio. 

Our live performance has been described as shining with no room for bluster. For us, it’s about putting on a show the audience enjoy.

 

In terms of live recording, we prefer the logic tracks sent to the producer, and we perform bass vocals and drums on the day to lift the sound. Then we sit with our producer to hone it, Alex and Dan have a real ear for technical detail and, I’m more focused on the melody and harmonies, etc.

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Tell us if you prefer using live instruments for your recording. 

As a band, we prefer a mixture of live instruments, logic and the sample pad, similarly to how we perform. This way we feel the sound is richer.

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Tell us the feedback you are getting on your music. 

“Imagine Rammstein and The Prodigy meeting up at a party on a spaceship with Pendulum driving, and this is what you should expect with this song.”

– (Review of Bite the Bullet in NE Volume.)

 

“There’s no room for bluster here…  …This is sci-fi rock at its finest, finished off nicely at the tunes close with some jackhammer beats”

– (Review of Resistant Strain- The Crack Magazine.)

 

“… a song swiftly taking ears and imagination on a Sci-Fi fuelled adventure”

– (Review of Precipice NE Volume.)

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Discuss how you record your song. 

When we record, we use the electronic tracks and the live instruments then tweak the sounds and vocals with our producer, again a collaborative approach.

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Tell us if you write all your songs. 

 All our songs are written by us together.

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State your favourite songs. 

My favourite song is ‘Precipice’ which we released last summer, just because it’s so nice and funky in terms of live.

 

‘Bite the Bullet’ because when we perform live, we can cut loose, and it drives the crowd crazy. Alex loves this track too. However, ‘More Than I Can Give’ is Dan’s favourite and I just love the piano and the drops on the track. It’s a great pop song.

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Discuss the themes of your songs. 

More Than I Can Give’ is about unrequited love, trying to tell someone to move on without trying to hurt them.

 

‘Precipice’ is about being there for friends.

 

‘Bite the Bullet’ is a political statement about lies and half-truths and propaganda being used to mislead people.

 

We do write love songs but primarily our music is fueled by the world around us and what we are experiencing.

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Elaborate on the song. 

‘More Than I Can Give’ came about lyrically from conversations with friends and personal experiences in the past about unwanted or uncomfortable romantic advances where you have been clear, but they stick around hurting themselves and you.

 

Music came first and fed the inspiration for the lyrics with its lonely piano and fine tweaked electronics, and funky drop. Dan just lifted the track further with his drums and we are so proud of this track.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album. 

Alex and I were looking for names for the band and every name we tried had been chosen. Then we were looking over one of our early tracks and Alex suggested we took our name from the lyrics “Sapien Traces where nothing can breathe.”

 

We thought Sapien Trace suited us as we are modelling ourselves on a futuristic post-apocalyptic city, cape sound,  sort of like a band from films like Tron, Akira, The Fifth Element or  Valerian and The  City of 1000 Planets. It also links to views on the planet and the only traces we homo-sapiens might leave behind will be ruined buildings and pollution.

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Share your press release and review with us.  

Electro Synth Rock trio, Sapien Trace, to release new single, More Than I Can Give

 

Tyneside trio, Sapien Trace, begin 2020 with the release of their new single, More Than I Can Give, on February 21, with a launch show at Newcastle’s Beyond Vinyl.

 

Formed in early 2018, Sapien Trace, which consists of Mark Dickinson (vocals), Alex Brand (guitar, bass guitar) and Dan Baldwin (drums), have slowly built up a profile which saw local publications invite you to: “Imagine Rammstein and The Prodigy meet at a party in space with Pendulum driving,” or they being; “sci-fi rock at its finest.”

 

Recorded at Blast Studios, Newcastle, in mid-January, vocalist Mark Dickinson said: “The track is about your unrequited love…

 

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