Dreaming Of Jupiter
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 unsigned Dublin band Dreaming Of Jupiter 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?
Zoë Gough, Samuel Oyeniyi and Dave Levins are the band members. We all met at a music shop we had all worked in at different stages of our lives, although just one of us was actually still working there on the day we met. The band name came to us at a time when we were working really hard as musicians, performing 4 to 5 nights per week, for very little money and doing our best to learn to play in as many styles as we possibly could. We were performing with lots of different projects at this stage of our careers and sometimes we would arrive home really really late - but still not tired enough to sleep (this is a common problem for musicians!) The adrenaline would keep us awake, so we used to watch a space documentary to chill before it was time to rest. During this time we watched loads of different documentaries about our world, and other worlds and on one particular evening we stumbled across the movie 'Europa Report'. We don't want to spoil the movie for you all, but if you would like to have your mind blown (in the best way possible) before you go to sleep, we recommend checking it out.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up we all would have had different influences ranging from Kate Bush to Chaka Khan, David Bowie to Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder and Fela Kuti to name just a few. Now we have such a wide range of influences from the likes of Submotion Orchestra, The Internet, Nao, Jessie Ware, Bonobo, Tycho, FKA Twigs, John Bellion, Emile Sande, Sinead Harnett, Sampha, Dermot Kennedy and so many more. We are always listening to new music, exploring new genres and styles and learning as much as we can from all the amazing artists there are out there in the world today.
How would you describe your sound?
We call our sound Ambi-Groove. We like to create ambient soundscapes that have a fresh and interesting vibe, and then combine them with a strong groove element. As players, we all have a strong background in funk and soul music, so it’s really important to us that our songs have a tight rhythmic vibe, but equally we love to explore new sonic palettes and textures. Creating something that sounds fresh, exciting and fuses elements of different genres is always the goal. We want our music to sound like us you know? Like, when people hear it, we hope they say ‘Oh yeah… that’s got that ‘Jupiter’ vibe to it’.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our new single is called ‘Right Kind Of Love’. It is an upbeat Summer groove in which we try to capture the essence of the anticipation and positive energy that comes with the approaching Summer season. The song is about enjoying this anticipation, and allowing oneself to become lost in this feeling a little bit. This is a feeling we can all relate to in one way or another. We created a real Summer palette for the track to enhance this vibe and bring some life to it. We also felt it followed our previous single ‘Let Me Down’ quite well, as the more chilled groove that fits the Spring season contrasts nicely from the upbeat Summer vibe of ‘Right Kind Of Love’.
What’s your local music scene like?
Dublin’s music scene has always been alive and buzzing. We’re in a great time for music in Ireland as people are really starting to embrace more alternative genres. Of all the amazing artists in Ireland right now, acts like Ryan Vail, Talos, Tanjier, Damola and Saint Sister are really standing out for us at the moment - but there are so many great acts here. Honestly, to be part of such a vibrant scene is a real privilege, and this inspires us creatively.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Right now, all of our energy is focused on the release of our new single and preparing for a busy Summer of performances. Over the next few months we will be performing at festivals such as Body and Soul, Vantastival and The Secret Village, to name a few. During the Autumn, we will be preparing to release our debut EP. We are very excited to share this as we feel it really represents the band’s new sound and vibe. Upon releasing the EP, we will be arranging a tour where we will be performing the songs from the EP live. Keep an eye on our website for performances near your area! We are also preparing new material all the time and are looking forward to producing them for release next spring.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many musicians on the scene that we would love to collaborate with! In an ideal world where dreams become reality we would love to work with Little Dragon, James Blake, Bonobo, Alicia Keys, UK producer Maths Time Joy or even the incredible, enigmatic, mystical creative queen that is Kate Bush! Who knows - if we keep working hard - the sky's the limit right?!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Of course - we’ve had all kinds of crazy experiences on stage! We have had a couple of ladies throw underwear onto the stage while performing - this always gives us a bit of a laugh! Our van broke down recently while we were on tour and we got stuck outside Manchester city. It was freezing cold and we almost missed the ferry home! In the end, we met the nicest man, who drove all the way to a local petrol station to buy a jump lead for us. He helped us jump start the van and we literally rolled on to the ferry just as it was leaving the port! We gave this gentleman a couple of band tee-shirts for himself and his wife to say thank you, and they have since become fans of our music! So many times, when we are on the road, we have been completely amazed and humbled by the kindness of the people we meet.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We are really excited to share our new music with you all this year. Creating our debut EP has been such an incredible journey for us and we hope you will all feel this in our songs. We are building towards sharing our first ever EP with our fans this Autumn, and in the lead up to this will be performing the material live at lots of festivals and shows so right now we are really buzzing. Ultimately we couldn’t do this without the people who follow us, show up to the gigs, listen to our music and support us. The energy of our fans and our team inspires us to keep creating more new music and working hard. We feel privileged and excited to be working in the music industry and we know you guys deserve the very best we can give. Ultimately we want you to know how grateful we are for your support, and that we could not be doing this without your energy.
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