Forte have been together less than a year but that hasn’t stopped them achieving things that can take bands years.
Recently signing an album deal with P-Vine over in Japan, supporting the Stereophonic’s at their recent intimate gig in Hampshire and been played across the BBC networks, Forte talk to us about how they got together and their highlights of the year.
Thanks for chatting with us Forte! Can we start with how long have you’ve been together? How did you all meet and where did the name FORTE come from?
Jesse: Me and Dan used to play in another band and it was a word we both used to use. When you spend so much time with people you end up in this weird realm of banter where if anyone came along and listened to you, they’d have no idea what the fuck it was you were talking about, FORTE was one of those things. When we started the new band we went through a million names to try and avoid using it, but in the end, we accepted inevitable defeat and chose it.
What do you like to do outside of music that contributes to your music? What helps rejuvenate your creativity?
Dan: Just by living life I guess. Song ideas can come from walking to the shops, breaking up with a bird or wiping your arse in the morning. There’s not a specific thing that I do that I can think of, except getting high. Maybe that’s it!?
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Jesse: Proper job interview question that. The biggest challenge is trying to stop Harry from partying too hard before we play a show. We got to Isle of Wight with a strict rule of no drinking until 2 hours before our set. He snaked off and started hitting the beers, so we all caved and did the same. We were wankered by 3pm and our set wasn’t until 7. Still smashed it.
What are you working on right now?
Jesse: Our second EP. and a UK tour to support it in November.
What would you say have been the highlights of the year so far for FORTE?
Dan: We’ve only been going for 8 months so it’s all highlights at the moment. In that time we’ve done a BBC Introducing session, played Isle of Wight Festival, released 2 singles, 4 videos and ep. The gig with Stereophonics was very special. We are a busy bunch of fuckers.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
Jesse: Urgh. It’s where we are now, the old model is dead it seems. As a rule, I wish people would take a step out of it for a moment and start living in the real world again (He says via email). It’s cool that we all have platforms to showcase anything we want, but some things don’t warrant any showcasing.
What changes would you like to see to the music industry ?
Dan: I’d like to see more bands get through. So many good bands out here and no one’s listening
Jesse: I used to care about the industry, but it’s just not worth giving a shit about. I vote bands go out there and do their thing and just enjoy it, if the industry pipes up then all good, but wanting it to change and relying on it is equivocal to pissing directly into the wind.
Your stranded on an island…. alone with a record player and one vinyl… Who is it and why?
Dan: Beach Boys – Pet Sounds. If you’ve heard it, it needs no explanation. Or the Phil Spector Christmas album. Same reasons. I’ll be happy with either
Jesse: Nirvana Unplugged in New York. I had that for breakfast this morning. Alongside two Mayfairs and a little cry.
Where can would be fans get hold of your music and follow you?
www.facebook.com/theforteband | www.keepitforte.com
Quickfire with Daniel
WEAPON OF CHOICE?
Knife and Fork
Yes, Tottenham Hotspur. First thing I think about in the morning
CAMP OR GLAMP?
I’ve never gone to a festival with a tent so my answer would have to be BLAG
AT THE BAR?
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT?
Nirvana Unplugged. Watched again this morning
BEATLES OR STONES?
Come on? Beatles
LIAM OR NOEL?
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE?
Probably Noel again actually
Dead Man’s Shoes
BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME?
The Stone Roses
TRACK THAT SUMS YOU UP?
Forte – Armada. Available on iTunes