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 Jake from unsigned band Static to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Jake Kotschy - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Bruce Hollowell-Geddes - Bass/Backing Vocals
Steven Marjoram - Drums
Jake and Bruce are from Essex. We met online actually! About 6/7 years ago we started up our first band The Gettaways which was a bit of a pop/punk thing. We’ve had a few changes since with many different members.
We’re now Static, like the sound you hear when an old TV doesn’t have a signal. It’s a bit of a dumb story but we just like it because Jake once overhead someone say on the train “I can’t hear you, all I can hear is static” and thought that it’d make a good band name!
We met Steven about a year ago when another drummer completely let us down a week before a gig.
Steven’s originally from Peterborough and he miraculously jumped in last minute, learned ALL of our songs and fit in perfectly only a couple days before the gig.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We all kind of have different influences really - which is what makes a little bit unique really.
Jake: I grew up as a bit of a punk head so was into stuff like Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers and Gang of Four.
These days, while still a punk at heart, I’ve broadened my influences into artists like David Bowie, Muse, Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine.
Steven: I was influenced heavily by Linkin Park and the wave of nu metal, as it was some fresh and was unlike anything that had come before it.
Now I'm influenced by more hard rock bands, such as Red and Breaking Benjamin. They write music in a very different way to most other songwriters and use techniques I haven't yet found elsewhere.
Bruce: Like Steven, I started learning to play right during the peak of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, so there was a lot of Deftones, Thrice, NIN and stuff like that around, which I think inspired the heavy, riff driven stuff I do. More recently (probably due getting older and less angry) I have found myself enjoying the production style of modern pop-rock, like newer Muse, and the move away from traditional guitar/bass/drums. But I'm sure that Jake will stop me from getting too synth pop… ;-)
How would you describe your sound?
We mostly describe ourselves as an alternative rock band but still have a raw edge.
We’re just a heavy, riffy power trio that like to make noise!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
We just released our first E.P. titled ‘Disguise’.
It’s more about the struggles we all go through really. Having to live in a society where you’re judged by everyone and everything whether it be through social media or just through social activities, pretending to be something you’re not so that the world accepts you - hence the title being ‘Disguise’.
It also tackles being in situations with mental illness and dealing with the constant struggle of having the fight your own brain and defeat personal problems.
What’s your local music scene like?
Most of our gigs are in London so the scene is massive!
It’s great that there are so many other amazing bands - most of them are awesome but London is too spoilt for choice I feel. There aren’t enough fans for the amount of bands!
Saying that, all the venues are always amazing and, as I said, the artists are fantastic.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve got loads of club gigs in London this year at some amazing venues - you can see them at www.facebook.com/staticmusic3/events - and we’re going to be tackling the festival scene next year as it’s almost over for now!
We’re going to try and bring out a new single just before then too.
Mostly we’re gigging for now and hoping to break in to some other music scenes around the UK.
We’ve got loads of ideas but nothing quite set in stone yet.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We’d love to work with the likes of Butch Vig, Rick Rubin, Rich Costey and John Leckie who would just add that bit of magical epicness.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We played a festival a couple of years ago. They didn’t provide any tents or marquees or anything so our instruments were just left out in the sun (was about 30c), we got on stage and basically the strings had melted. Our first notes made a kind of BWONG sound.
Ended up just dropping the guitar and played as just drums, bass and vocals.
Also, we played at a venue called 12 Bar Club in Soho, which is sadly no longer there. They had a weirdly long stage so we were all standing in a line.
Jake did his usual “go-onto-dance floor-to-play-some-riffs” thing, went to go down to his knees and smacked his face on the stage.
Everyone else found it funny…
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Just that we’re entirely grateful for any and all the support we get. All we want to do is entertain and inspire through the medium of music and live performance.
…Oh, and that we’re really good! Come see us!