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 Exactly Zero find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet and where are you from?
We met over ten years ago as part of a local music scene in Horsham, West Sussex. Ollie was in a band called Superego and Dan was a solo act under the name This Lonely Soul. We became friends through that and always spoke about making music together. Ollie even introduced Dan to his now wife.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Dan - I had a very varied set of influences growing up. I loved the Brit Pop stuff like Blur, Pulp, Oasis but also heavier rock music like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. However alongside this I was massively into Dance with The Chemical Bros, Leftfield, Orbital. My influences are similar now with up to date artists but for me it's more about the production side of things and hearing how records are made rather than the actual bands.
Ollie - Growing up in the 80s, I hated the radio - still do. I remember my cool older cousin was into music, and most of it didn't do much for me, but I'll never forget the first time I heard him play the first song I ever fell in love with: Size Of A Cow by The Wonder Stuff. I'd ask him to play "the cow song" for me. After then I didn't find a song I liked until Oasis exploded onto the scene. They sparked my interest in music and I gobbled up as much indie as I could. Some of my biggest influences from that period are Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. At some point I got into Led Sep in a big way. Modern music doesn't really excite me the way some of my old faves used to, but I quite like Haim and Dakha Brakha.
How would you describe your sound?
We have struggled over the last two years to come up with a description but think now we have almost finished our album we are close to saying we are a 'psych-rock-electro-pop band'. Our music is in essence Rock, but with a lot of psychedelic influence and on a bed of electronic beats and production. We added Pop in there as we also want to make it accessible to anyone.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Qi Ki Cheeky which is/was released on 15 September. The song is about universal life force energy (deep stuff) but the chorus lyrics were influenced by Dan's daughter Ellie who wouldn't go to sleep and was crying one night when Ollie was round. We took her into the shed (in Dan's garden where we record) with us and she stopped crying and the chorus lyrics came from that night.
What’s your local music scene like?
We live in (Ollie) and near (Dan) Brighton. The scene there is massive and we are both seasoned musicians and have been in bands for decades but are a bit removed from it all at the moment but want to get back into it more.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are in the process of finishing our debut album. It is 10 tracks - all of which were recorded over the last two years in the shed. We will get that mixed and mastered and hope to have it out next year with a single or two before hand. Alongside that we want to shift focus to playing live more and would love to get on as many line ups as we can next year as that's what we enjoy the most.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Dan - Rather than collaborate with, it's work with. I'd love to have our stuff produced by people like Flood and Nigel Godrich but also possibly have female vocals on some of our tracks.
Ollie - They're all dead. Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
The first gig we did was as support for a band who were college students. On stage they thanked us and said we 'were really rather sick actually' which apparently means we are good.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your duo?
We do this because we love music. We meet up every Thursday night and enjoy being creative together. We bounce ideas off each other and think that what we are going is good. But truth be told, we'd probably do it if no one even listened at all. That said - please do listen and let us know what you think as we like feedback. Be it good or bad.