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 Daniel from unsigned Liverpool band Seprona 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?
My name is Daniel Badger, but we have Niall Blanchflower, Chris Woods, Louis Birchall and Mike Dunne in the band too. Seprona was going for a while before the other lads joined, in various forms. But to be honest these lads joining has really made the band what it is now. I basically had a gig booked and the previous members decided they didn't want to be in a band anymore, this was about 2 weeks before the gig. So I just got it into my head, there is no way I am cancelling this gig, and just trying to do anything that means I could do the gig. So I spoke to Chris, who was up for it, then he knew Louis from Uni, who knew Mike, and we had a band. I also asked Niall but he was in Thailand at the time, but said he would join when he got back. But we played the gig and it was actually a big success. It took a lot of effort practicing all day every day for the week before, and since then they have all just stayed. We are really enjoying it at the moment, everything feels really positive, we seem to walk away from every gig we have played with new fans which is amazing.
The band name is a strange one, basically me and Niall met in college and we were in a Spanish class together, we have been in other bands in the past but I remember saying to him, I want to call a band Seprona, and just me and him started playing a few acoustic gigs together here and there, but we didn't really get going at that time, then eventually it come to needing a band name and I already had all the stuff for it so I was just like lets go with that. But getting back to the Spanish class point, we had to learn about the environment as part of our lessons, and I thought that the Seprona was the noise police, so it all seemed fitting, but it seems I should of fact checked first because it turns out they are actually the environment police. I should of paid more attention to my notes in that class. I actually was in Mallorca last week and saw a car with Seprona written on the side. Which was a strange sight haha.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The first music I can genuinely remember getting into was The Beatles when I was in primary school, I remember learning about them in History I think it was, but I remember telling my nan about it, and she had all these original Beatles LPs from the 60s, and I remember sitting in the front room of her house listening to them on the record player, just sitting on the floor. They just proper hooked me in, they have got to be the first albums I listened to all the way through I would say. I remember buying Shaggy - It wasn't Me single on CD haha.
I think for me The Beatles were a starting point though, they kind of opened the door to the different kinds of music that I would later get myself into, and probably are the reason I started learning guitar. Now though I try and listen to anything and everything, I think it's good when you're writing songs, because even if you don't like a song there may be one idea in it that could be good, and inspire you to do something you wouldn't usually maybe do. My favourite band is Arctic Monkeys, but off the top of my head at the moment I'm into Royal Blood, Interpol, Father John Misty, Cameron Avery, Alexandra Savior, Alex Cameron to name a few.
How would you describe your sound?
I think we sound a bit like all the people I have mentioned in my influences, or at least I would like to think so anyway!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called Mystery Moves Me, and I started this one a bit different than I have before. It's the first time I kind of recorded as I was going, so I wrote the riff on a synth, which is something I have never done before, then kind of built the song from that. It was kind of refreshing working in a different way and being able to layer things up one at a time, and really think about which direction the song is going.
What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool is a really good place for music, there are plenty of amazing musicians, some really good venues too. There are loads of festivals and things going on to get involved with. I think it has been a very good place for us to cut our teeth and build ourselves up to go and get out nationally.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a very busy 12 months ahead, we have a tour coming up in September/October/November time. Which will be supporting the release of our EP which will be available on the 27th September.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I have never actually thought about doing a collaboration before, I think we have always kind of focused on it being us. However, I would never say never!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We were travelling in two cars to a gig in Newcastle once, and we arrived fairly early, and Chris and Niall left around the same time. So we had been at the venue in Newcastle for ages, and it was getting close to soundcheck time wondering where they were, anyway after trying to phone them about 100 times, and thinking of every scenario that could of happened, they walked in with about 5 minutes to spare, because they had decided to take a detour and get a picture by the angel of the north! haha.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
I suppose that we are just 5 lads making music that we hope they enjoy, we don't take ourselves too seriously, we are always up for a laugh and I think that comes across in our music, definitely our live gigs! We are playing all over the country from September onwards, so it would be amazing if you could join us!