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 Bishi from band Dear Life, 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?
We are based in London and we are a four piece (Bishi Kaneta - vocals, guitar; Sophie Lai - vocals, guitar, keyboards; Rex Thibault - bass; Mat Craig - drums).
We all met through different connections of different projects. Bishi met Sophie through a trip hop project Bishi was involved in where Sophie auditioned as a singer. She didn't get the role but they kept in touch and started this new project together. The name Dear Life, represents the confessional nature the band's lyrics and subject matter of life with its various ups and downs, although we tend to focus more on the downs. Bishi and Sophie met Rex through a shared drummer at the time, and Mat was a connection through another band we shared a bill with at a show.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When growing up, musical influences would be Madonna, Jive Bunny, The Beatles, No Doubt, Bon Jovi.
Influences now would be Blonde Redhead, Timber Timbre, Archive, Arcade Fire, Portishead.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a dynamic mix of alt-ambient indie, sadcore, slowcore, psych rock, avant pop, post rock, and shoegaze.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Latest single is called "Woman" and influence behind it is an evil evil woman.
What’s your local music scene like?
London music scene for unsigned artists is quite saturated. Great if you are a consumer but difficult to stand out of the crowd and build a following if an artist. Variety and quality of venues are abound and promoters are generally open to anything at least once which is great and helps to create a creative and artistic environment, which in turn attracts artists from all over the world and makes the city vibrant and exciting.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
June 2018 sees the release of our debut album "Hello Frankenstein!" and will be supported by a UK/France tour during June and July. Announcement coming soon.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Would be great to collaborate with Brian Eno. We love writing songs and contextualising it with supportive and imaginative sounds can take the songs to a new and exciting level. Brian Eno is a master at this.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One show in France, one drunk lady got on stage and started pulling the hair of the singer Bishi. Very strange and did not know how to react. We continued playing anyway. She was really getting into the music so can only assume it was her way of expressing enjoyment.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Our lyrics and subject matter is pretty dark, but we are all quite positive and happy people. We are friendly and love meeting new people. Please don't hesitate to come up to us and chat after a show. We'd love to meet you.