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 Human X to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
Paul G Clark - Newcastle
Lindsey Brooks - Northumberland
Paul - We first met at a buskers event in a pub (The Fox) Gateshead. I was looking for a singer at the time so was scouring all the local buskers events and came across Lindsey. We got in touch on Facebook afterwards and finally got working together after a bit of help from friends.
The name comes from a previous project ‘The Human Experience’, shortened down to Human X.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Paul - My main musical influences growing up were The Beatles, E.L.O, The Eurythmics, Fleetwood Mac, Meatloaf, The Eagles, INXS, Tears for Fears and The Cure.
Influences and music I would listen now would include George Michael, Beach house, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, AIR, LadyHawke, Classic FM and 80s internet radio shows.
Lindsey – Shania Twain, Pat Benatar, Demi Lovato, Paramore, Evanescence, Queen, Josh Groban.
How would you describe your sound?
We describe the sound as Rock Pop Electronica and Dark Romance.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called ‘Love or Nothing’. The main inspiration is taken from 80s style new wave pop and trashy vampire films with a similar theme to Meatloaf’s ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’.
What’s your local music scene like?
We have a very vibrant local music scene in Newcastle/Gateshead and surrounding areas, we are all quite close knit and help and promote each other as much as we can. Bands and artists like Twist Helix, Chain the Phoenix, Deep.Sleep, Eve Simpson, Lost on Me and Echolines all taking the initiative along with some very innovative promoters such as Jay Landman, Stephen Ferrell and Spotlight Music UK.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’re currently working on our album Death & Romance, so we’ve stalled the live shows a little bit until we get it all recorded, we’ll be back 15th of September with Oxjam Sunderland then an exciting gig for Scruff of the Neck at Head of Steam supporting Island Club, then more gigs in October in Newcastle.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We don’t have any plans for collaboration at the minute with our busy schedule but would love to work with Paul McCartney, Demi Lovato, Annie Lennox, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Lindsey pulling her mic from the stand and smacking herself in the mouth certainly made us laugh, after the bleeding stopped, and setting the fire alarms off at Jumpin Jacks with our smoke machine, but nothing compares to the antics at The Bearded Theory.
We were so focused and prepared for our slot but as we climbed on stage it was clear there was an incident going on behind us, police cars, ambulances, and even a helicopter came down and blew all the fencing down onto the parked cars backstage. We received a signal to carry on, just as an ambulance pulled in front of the tent, cleared all the crowd and paramedics ran out with a stretcher, finally a chap was pulled from the river thankfully safe and sound, and all while played our song ‘Keep Me Alive’. A bit stressful to say the least.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your duo?
One thing that we really would like people to know about our duo, is that we write, record, produce, manage, promote and release everything on our own. Be it on stage or in the studio, we give 100% to the cause. We have a fantastic loyal fan base that we cherish dearly.