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Would you mind introducing yourselves and telling us what instruments you play?
Stef Stokes - Vocals
Jenni Stokes - Keyboard/Synth/Backing Vox
Mark Dutch - Guitar/Backing Vox
Paul Dutch - Drums

How long has the current band line up been together?
5 years

How did you meet each other?
Through high school.

Did you always want to be in a band?

What music did you listen to while growing up?
Stef - Jazz, Pop and Rock
Jenni - Classical and Popular.
Mark/Paul - Classical, Classic Rock, Queen, The Beatles.

How long have you played your instruments?
Stef - 18 years, Jenni - 21 years, Mark - 10 years, Paul - 14 years

What was your first instrument?
Stef and Jenni - Piano
Mark and Paul - Drums/percussion

What is your current equipment?
Guitar, Keyboard, Synth and Drums.

Are you self taught or did you have lessons?
Stef - Singing lessons, Jenni - Piano lessons,
Mark - Guitar self taught, Paul - Drum lessons

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A lot..... a truth drum kit fully speced, diesel head through an orange cab, moog keyboard and Roland triton.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?

Do you record at a purpose built studio or do you record at home with portable digital equipment or pc/mac with audio software?
Purpose built studio.

Which software do you use?
Pro tools, hard disk

Do you have any new recordings planned?

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Yes, we love it! Can spend a month recording, it becomes a routine the more you do it.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
Yes, in all of our recording we have captured our live sound.

Do you any favourite tracks from your original material?
Stop.Rewind.Fast-Forward or Anywhere but Monday

Do you have a favourite track that you do a cover version of?

We don’t usually play covers, if we had to choose it would be Amy Winehouse - Back to Black.


Who are the main song writers for the band?
We write songs as a band.

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
It changes on occasions, once we have connected with a song it’s easy to finish it off.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Enter Shikari, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro

Who are your favourite song writers?
Don’t have one, but love the lyrics of Brandon Boyd from Incubus.

Which countries have you gigged in?

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
Canada, USA.

Who would you like to tour with?
Little Boots.

You will soon be playing the after show party for Franz Ferdinand. How do you feel about that?
Love the fact that we been asked to play the gig! We think it’s a great opportunity for us and as always we will give it 110%.

How do you promote your music and get your music to new fans?
We use every means possible, mainly internet.

Do you use any websites like ‘Reverbnation’ or ‘Soundclick’?

Do you think such sites are good for independent and unsigned artists?
Yes, we have gained many opportunities’ and gigs from online websites.

Do you think the internet overall is a good or bad thing for new artists?
That’s a hard one. It is certainly good in terms of unsigned bands getting wider recognition. However, the internet has caused many issues in terms of illegal downloading.

With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit unknown artists?
I think they do enough if they did anymore they would be boardering on being a record label.

Would you sign with a major record company?
Of course!

How did you come up with your name for the band?
Stef and Jenni’s dad

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
NME called it UK emo pop but I would describe the new sound as electronic pop rock.

Who do you listen to or do when chilling out?
90’s dance,  Robert Miles, piano music

Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
Yes and won it :o)

What’s your best/worst experience at a gig?
Funniest gig we played was outside on the back of a lorry where Stef and Mark got attacked by a rather large bumble bee.

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Don’t get nervous, we love playing live so we enjoy it.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?

Is it something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?

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