First of all, how have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging as a band?
It’s definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions, a few times we’ve been touching distance from getting back on stage and had it cancelled. But I think the recording process has really brought us all together and we’ve thrown ourselves into it. I’ve loved every second of that and I know we are all excited for every release day.
What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?
I don’t think there are words for it, I mean the whole industry is in crisis, but I think it just means more than ever we need to pull together. Unfortunately, the return of live music is very up in the air, but I do think once we can come back, it will be all guns blazing. Really, we just need music lovers to help their favourite artists by streaming music and buying merchandise, every little thing can be the difference between an artist staying afloat or going under.
Do you think there has been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis?
Not at all, the support for the Arts has been pretty much non-existent and considering how vital they are to the British economy, you would think there might have been some pride shown. But where the government has let the arts down, every individual in this sector has really shown a resilience and passion that is completely admiring and inspirational. I have never been prouder to be a part of the arts community.
Tell our readers a little about My Pet Fauxes, how did you get together?
My Pet Fauxes was formed in 2017 and has gone through an array of changes to be at the point we are now, which I strongly believe is the best period for us yet. With all of us coming from Nottingham, that is the place we tend to call home, despite attending universities across the country.
How would you describe your sound? Who influences you?
Our sound, I would say is a blend of Indie, Pop and Rock. We always struggle to define our sound, because we try to let our minds work freely without too much thought to staying in a genre. I think what makes our band special is the range in influences each member has that make up their own technique or approach to writing songs. If I had to pick an artist who I think influenced everyone in the band, it would be Dua Lipa and her new album Future Nostalgia. But I myself have also taken a lot of influence from The Vamps new record and the Jonas Brothers new music, although I don’t believe any of the other lads will agree with me.
Tell me about your latest/most recent single ‘Damn’ , what’s it about and when is it released?
Damn is a song about a girl who is very special to me and the story of me trying to understand how she doesn’t see how incredible she is. But whilst it is personal, together as a band we tried to ensure that there is a bigger message that can be personal to everyone. That message is about appreciating who you are as a person and learning to give yourself a break sometimes, things take time and you need to appreciate all the good things about yourself if you are to be happy and comfortable. It’s also about the importance of relationships between people, making sure that when someone lets you in, you treasure that someone has made themselves vulnerable to you. Using that knowledge to empower them, pick them up and not manipulate them or bring them down.
BBC Introducing East Midlands described you as one of the best live acts around, how difficult has it been to not be able to get out there doing what you love? What have you done to try and combat it and stay positive?
It’s been really hard, I won’t try and sugar-coat it, it’s been a horrible year for us all. Having such kind words spoken about us really is incredible, but I do think Dean Jackson said that because he has seen that when we perform, we put our hearts out there for everyone to see and we work so hard to make sure we don’t leave anything on the stage. Performing is a massive release for us all and losing that meant that we have had to change our perspective on what was next for the band. We had a big year of shows planned and now instead we have thrown ourselves into the music, creating new music that I think really shows all of the emotions we went through during lockdown. But we are now turning our attention back to the live shows and I can guarantee, the next shows that we do will be another level above and I can’t wait.
What else can we look forward to from you in 2021?
Lots more music. We have big plans for releases this year and we’re already working on more material. Hopefully, this year will hold the return of shows for MPF and I’m confident that at least in some shape or form that can happen. But I think more than anything, we’ve really tried to open the door and show people the inside workings of our band, let people see the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into trying to make 2021 a successful year. It’s a year that holds a lot of promise for us and that’s all thanks to the incredible team we have. A big part of that is Tyler at District Records, who despite a crazy 2020 took us on and gave the band the means to progress. Without that I think 2021 could have looked very different.
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