Thandii

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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 unsigned Margate duo Thandii 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?
Thandii is Jess and Graham. We met back in 2012 randomly at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. It wasn’t until much later that we started writing music together under the moniker Thandii (which is Jess’s middle name).

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We both listened to a lot of ‘older’ music when we were growing up; anything from Joni Mitchell, to John Coltrane, to Prince and that has definitely influenced our writing. Now are tastes are soooo broad, Annie Lennox to Flying Lotus to Shuggie Otis.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a crazy combination of all of our influences. Synths play a big role, combined with vintage lo-fi drums and romantic vocals with hints of melancholy. It’s a bit like if Chet Baker sang on a Eurythmics record with J Dilla producing it… but it was recorded in a garden shed. (!)

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is called ‘Company’. It’s led by a hypnotic synth riff which sounds kind of like an 80’s romantic workout tune?! Lyrically we wanted to explore the nuances of a failing relationship and comment on the toxic effects of blind loyalty… we’ve all been there.

What’s your local music scene like?
We live in Margate. There’s a really great music scene here. Venues like Tom Thumb Theatre and Elsewhere Record Shop put on amazing local bands all the time. The larger venues like Winter Gardens and Dreamland put Margate on the touring circuit for bigger acts. We’ve seen so many great gigs here.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve got an EP coming out very soon! We’re always writing new music too and we love going into the studio - the whole process is like therapy for us. We’ve also got plans for an album to be released early next year and have already started sketching out ideas for it, exciting!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We really love Men I Trust, Khruangbin, The Marias, Andy Shauf, Sam Evian, Jakob Ogawa, Jockstrap… we could keep going but there’s so many!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Not really - all hecklers and streakers welcome at upcoming gigs though!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We’re playing The Waiting Room Stoke Newington this Wednesday 15th May!

You can find out more about Thandii via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.