The Broken Orchestra

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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 The Broken Orchestra 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 Broken Orchestras started in 2012 with production duo Pat Dooner and Carl Conway Davis. We're Hull based, from the great City of Culture 2017 and have a lovely studio set up where we write, record and produce all our music.
Our name comes from how we began working where we work with musicians separately and build pieces up with different people adding different ideas. We then edit, chop and arrange, loop up over and over again, keep what we want and don't want to create a fully finished and arranged track. In the last year we have created a more stable line up, particularly for live performances with Tom Kay (guitar) and Emily Render (vocals). The production however, is handled in the same way.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Influences are really varied and eclectic. Weirdly the four of us have such a wide and different taste in music that somehow overlaps. In any normal situation it wouldn't work but for what we create we share just enough crossover influences to make it work. We are all just lovers of great music. I feel like drawing a Venn diagram but I won't. Some influences just off the top of my head are: The Roots, Bonobo, Grey Reverend, The Smiths, Paul Weller, Radiohead, Erykah Badu, Bill Withers, Jon Grant. At times we end up creating a chilled ambient track and other times it ends up being closer to Soul/HipHop.

How would you describe your sound?
Downbeat, soulful, textured and rife with feeling.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest EP is called 'Blinded'. It features 5 tracks that we've been working on since we started as a live outfit. Musically most of the ideas began with Pat Dooner and Carl Conway-Davis (original founding members of The Broken Orchestra) and they were joined by Tom Kay (Guitar) and Emily Render (Vocals) in 2017. The 5 tracks in question are the product of several months work between the four, working with existing musical ideas created by Pat and Carl and developed by Tom and Emily.

What’s your local music scene like?
Fresh off the back of The City of Culture 2017 Hull is absolutely buzzing at the minute. There are tonnes of great acts in and around the area. In fairness there always has been and I'm convinced there always will be. There are not masses of people doing anything similar to what we do but there is quite a healthy scene as an alternative to the wash of guitar bands. People like Steve Cobby (Fila Brazilia), Revenu, Third Face, Pearls Cab Ride are always worth a look.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our plans for the next 12 months are pretty simple, gig, write and record. We have several festival gigs planned for summer and we are currently back writing for a fresh EP to put on towards the end of the year!

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
A couple of years ago I would have said yes and reeled off a load of names as we regularly collaborated with different singers such as Shawn Lee, Inyang Bassey, Lady Paradox. Currently we have a quite settled line up so for the time being it feels good just doing what we're doing. But we are The Broken Orchestra so never say never.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We only started gigging in August 2017 so we haven't had chance to build up a plethora of interesting gig anecdotes yet. We all have quite a simple sense of shallow humour so I'm sure this will happen the more we do and the further we go.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band/duo?
Our new ep is available to pre-order at now.

You can find out more about The Broken Orchestra at their website or via BandcampFacebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter or YouTube.

Jenny Pugh