Joy Atlas

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Newcastle band Joy Atlas to find out more about them…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The four of us (Beccy, Adam, Ian and Ged) come from pretty different musical backgrounds and had collected a bunch of different musical experiences before forming the band as it exists now. Everything from cinematic orchestral playing and contemporary jazz to supporting John Grant and Elvis Costello…. So a pretty diverse pot to draw from really.

In terms of choosing the name … you can decide for yourselves….
It was either a) Chosen after a serendipitous moment in which we realised that, were we to combine the mythological imagery of the doomed and tragic Titan – Atlas, with an expression of resolute happiness, it would form a deeply interesting and complex dichotomy that perfectly represented the competing emotions within the music.

or b) We made spreadsheet and spent absolutely ages trying to agree on a name whilst checking google to see if someone hadn’t pinched it first

or c) Something in the middle

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Very varied really – early influences probably included Bjork, Prince and anything that Seb Rochford from Polar Bear did, but latter influences are definitely more in the alt pop sphere and include the sparse electronica of SOHN, the amazing imagination of Son Lux and Everything Everything and the sheer joyousness of Efterklang.

How would you describe your sound?
Always a hard question but we’d probably go for something like Geometric and colourful Alt-Pop.

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What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in Newcastle is actually doing amazing right now with a bunch of bands getting a range of national attention and features across BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music plus outlets like NME and DIY magazines. Check out EAT FAST and the up and coming SoShe.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve just been very fortunate to get funding for next year from the PRS Foundation so we think that will result in an EP at some point soon. Hopefully that will be a great format for some of the new tracks we’ve been working on and will be an opportunity for us to really settle on the sound for the (eventual) album.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are a few producers that we’d love to work with on the E.P. but in particular it would be great to work with Dom Zilla again who did an amazing remix of our first single Dismount.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We’re not a woman called Joy or a ripped dude called Joey Atlas (see youtube).

You can find out more about Joy Atlas at their website or via Facebook, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.