Everyday People

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Everyday People 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?
We are a 5-piece band from Leeds that met through the University of Leeds band society made up of Euan on guitar, Jasper on keys, synth, and backing vocals, Jay on drums, Louis on bass, and Maeve on vocals. We got our name from the classic Sly & The Family Stone song!

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up our influences included classics like James Brown, Prince and Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Now, like a lot of funk bands, our influences include great acts like Vulfpeck, Tom Misch, Sly & The Family Stone.

How would you describe your sound?
We describe ourselves at the moment as New Wave Funk and Soul due to our strong influences coming from those genres, however we also like to think some of our work has a bit of a rock edge. With things like disco coming back we’re still defining our sound as we continue to write so it’s hard to say at times.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single called ‘Princess Blues’ was released Saturday the 9th of February. It was written about someone realising how material possessions aren’t enough in life, I don’t think we had anyone particularly in mind in terms of influences.

What’s your local music scene like?
Fantastic! We’ve been so fortunate in Leeds to meet so many great people and groups who’ve been nothing but supportive towards us and our music. Not to mention the amount of talent in the local music scene we’ve had the pleasure of seeing and playing with.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
On the gig side of things we’re very excited to be playing Brudenell Social Club in Leeds supporting Red Rum Club. We’ve got another single hopefully coming out at the end of March then we’re back in the studio to record again. More news coming on that soon!

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s a great local duo called Flash Cassette we’d love to work with, as well as other bands we’ve had fantastic times playing with such as Patawawa. Would be really interesting to see what we could come up with together.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We seem to have a habit of various instruments breaking down in the middle of our live sets. From our keyboard stopping at Headingley Stadium to bass strings breaking mid song, we’ve had a few too many unplanned jams live but we try to make it work.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we’d really love to make this a full time thing, and any support you have given/can give is helping us make that dream a reality so thank you to everyone who’s been coming to our gigs or listening to our music. It means the world to us.

You can find out more about Everyday People via Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.