What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It all goes back to being in the same group at music college. We covered ‘My Generation’ by The Who for a college project and from there we found to have clicked well together as a group. We really enjoyed performing with each other on stage and not long after started writing our own tunes together.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

We’re the Contemporary Club! More specifically Sam (Singer, Guitarist), Jude (Guitarist), George (Bassist) and Jake (Drummer). We have not actually been a band for that long, only forming at the start of this year. Despite this though we have played a good handful of gigs and also released two songs, Belong and Plastic Dream. Our first ever gig was mainly covers of different British classics and Indie music, as well as both of our released songs. Since then we have written a lot more songs and cannot wait to record and perform them.

What’s the live music scene like in London right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course) 

Aside from us (obviously) the music scene around London is actually really exciting right now. There are a lot of new young bands that are really influenced by today’s society and want a creative outlet which is really fun for us to perform with and watch, especially in small venues. Two of our current favourites right now from London are ‘The Early Swerve’ and ‘Superdays’, both very different genres but we really enjoy listening to them. Much better than bands like Bilk. 

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. What’s your view on the industry?

Not to sound like melts but we are actually quite intimidated by how the industry is these days, especially how 90% of it is social media based now. As accessible social media is for promotion and getting your name out there, as a band we much prefer the idea of physical promotion such as posters and handing out CD’s, rather than putting up a TikTok. It is a lot more personal for us and the audience. But it is what it is and we are still going to use different platforms. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

We are definitely at the bottom of the music food chain. Right now we are trying to find a way to break through the metaphorical ceiling that is keeping the public from loving our songs and are just playing any show that we can get, even if it means we spend more on train tickets than what we get back! For us as a band right now it’s all about promotion, keeping on top of everything and working hard to get a larger audience. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

We started off as a cover band for ‘The Lathums’. Jude’s favourite band is Green Day. Jake lost the tip of his finger a week before a gig. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Always. Anything can be taken out of context, especially on social media as videos and pictures can be taken out of context or edited. AI these days is freaky too. We’re seeing videos of different politicians made with AI playing Minecraft for crying out loud. It is quite amusing though!

In terms of cancel culture, it’s more up to the situation specifically rather than the culture as a whole. Obviously we don’t want to get cancelled at all in our career as the ‘culture’ can do great for issues in our world, but sometimes it can be scary to make a joke. We’re sweating just answering this now! 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?

Myself (sam) I’m into lots. For starters, aliens are definitely real, the US Government literally told everyone. I also believe that extraterrestrials are responsible for StoneHenge, which the rest find nonsense. As a band we all find ghosts really interesting, especially Jake. My house has recently had activity which has always spooked me. We also FIRMLY believe in the ‘Harry Kane’ curse, please bring football home for once – TCC .

What was your best experience on stage?

This definitely has to be when we performed ‘Plastic Dream’ and the audience was singing back the words, before it was even released. This was also our second every show as a band so it felt really special. 

What was your worst experience on stage?

We played a show in Shoreditch for a showcase and the audience was quite empty. Obviously there will be empty shows so this didn’t bother us – until no one clapped back when we clapped on stage! We really just looked like we were applauding ourselves, so let’s just say we were. Also none of the support acts stayed to watch us, how cheeky. 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.

Sam – He has only been writing music for a year and is identical to Alex Moore from The Lathums.

George – Contrary to popular belief, he in fact hates Oasis. 

Jude – Contrasting his own stage mannerisms, he is very socially awkward. 

Jake – Jake once wore roadman clothes in his youth but is an emo at heart.  

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Our next steps are going to be to really define our sound and start trying our best to get support slots for artists bigger than us. We are also going to network as much as possible at shows to support more local bands and play more local shows. Oh yeah, and get better at making Tik Toks.

What can you tell us about your debut single ‘Belong’? 

Belong was written, recorded and produced entirely by ourselves and our mate who let us use his recording equipment. The writing process was fairly quick. Sam had it written already and showed it to us one practice, and by the end of the day the entire song was finished. The song itself is written about being a teen and having fun in your hometown, as well as bringing back a girl to your house whilst your mum is waiting at the front door which is a true story for most of us! 

We really enjoy performing Belong live and it has been met with insane support since we released it as our debut song. It really means a lot seeing our first song do so well, especially being one we entirely recorded ourselves. 

What was the recording process like?

Recording Belong was actually really easy and comfortable, especially being able to do it in our own time and not feel like we had a deadline to meet. The comfortableness comes from the sofa that was in the studio to be fair but we still got stuff done. The song only took a few hours to record as we were all well rehearsed, however everyone would distract Sam when doing vocal takes. Everyone also more or less had first take recordings, aside from George who is fussy. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

Sam here again. The biggest learning curve was writing honestly about myself and my own experiences and growing up as a teenager, which is relatable for an audience. This has improved my ability to write songs that are personal as well as letting my emotions out. An example of this that my parents won’t be happy about is hiding booze and sneaking it out the house. Sorry mum. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

As a band we would have liked to add in some more harmonies in the verses, and Jake would have liked that drums to be a bit more in your face and punchy. Overall though we are actually really happy with how it turned out and are proud with our first piece of art. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

LISTEN TO BELONG! We can guarantee that you’ll love it and we’re already the best band. You just don’t know it yet. Thanks to RGM for doing this for us, and thank you to everyone that supports us and comes to see us perform, it really means a lot. We still don’t like Bilk. 

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