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 Jack from duo Bklyn. find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
We live in a small seaside town in Torbay, Devon. We met in a night club in our hometown where I was DJ’ing and Josh was playing in his old band. I played Foals - “Inhaler” that had just been released - we then got chatting about music and clicked straight away. The name of our band, Brooklyn was influenced by the fact that we were both big hip-hop fans. Brooklyn is the birthplace of hip-hop so it kinda felt right to have that as our name.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up with my parents playing lots of Beatles, Dire Straits and Eric Clapton, but my real memories of drumming is playing along to my mum's CD of the B52’s - “Love Shack”. I went though a stage though in my late teens - early 20’s of DJ funky house, electro and playing Indie club nights. I listen to stuff like M83, Naked and Famous, Friendly Fires, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre (the chronic), NAS, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z and Snoop Dog (Dog Pound).
How would you describe your sound?
We would describe our sound as ‘love-sick pop synth’.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
'Pick up the Phone' is the name of our new single. It’s describing not being able to get hold of someone you really need to talk to - making sure that person is OK and has someone there for them when maybe they’re in a dark place.
What’s your local music scene like?
The music culture in the South West appreciates more cover bands, playing in pubs to drunk people, but there is no real pop ‘scene’ down here.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our debut self-titled album is out June 9th, which has been in the making since we started this band. We have always been a DIY band - creating music in our makeshift studio. We’ve also always wanted to create a full body of work and felt like this was the right time to make one. We feel our album really grasps the essence of who we are and we hope that there is at least one song for everyone out there. We have a few shows in the pipeline which we will keep everybody up-to-date with on our social media - so keep an eye out!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I'd love to get Jimmy Irvine to produce us collaborating with Kanye West at Sound City LA before it closed.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your duo?
We want people to know that we’ve created this album with the bare fundamentals, which hopefully will prove that you don’t need to spend thousands at a major studio to get results you feel are worth releasing and sharing with the world. Mainly though, we’ve released this album for selfish reasons, that being we just want our work to be heard.