Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned duo TVNDRA 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?
The TVNDRA duo is made up of William Holmes and Mark Haysom both originating from Guildford and Woking (England) respectively. We both met on the same course whilst doing our A-levels during a Geography lecture. Mark went on to pursue Geography at university, while Will focusing solely on a musical path. We both felt this was the main reason why we chose to name ourselves after a geographical biome (The Tundra) since we had an ongoing relationship with this topic area. We decided to add the V within the text to develop a logo and create a unique branding standpoint.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
(Mark): My influences growing up and entering the electronic music scene stemmed from listening to Avicii as this was the first artist I saw live at Earls Court. The way he controlled the crowd and brought the energy had myself hooked from day one. The more music I listened to, the further into heavier music I went; listening to Skrillex and Diplo who made music which was from them as opposed as just a means of making money. I was upset to hear of Avicii’s premature death as he had defined a period of electronic music which was completely different from the rest.
(Will): My influences began with an introduction to musical pioneers such as Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia. This was mainly due to their constant ability to create popular music on demand and appeal to the masses. Upon developing my knowledge of electronic music, I felt it was necessary to branch out from mainstream acts and turn my attention to live performers such as Porter Robinson; experiencing his ‘Worlds’ album tour in 2015 which presented the ability to combine both technical and practical elements of music production and performance. Since this point, my artist influences have ranged across all genres and musical styles.
How would you describe your sound?
Our sound presents a stylistic blend of heavy drops, vocal chops and deep bass lines, as part of an experience of bass music. The ethos behind our music is freedom of creativity between genres which reflects in our eclectic blend of projects.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is our new multi-genre album called ‘Adversity’, consisting of 13 tracks covering multiple different genres. We developed and created this album with the intent of focusing on various hardships within the music industry and identifying these through music and lyrical content with singer/songwriter Angus Clements.
What’s your local music scene like?
(Mark): Being so close to London it has many different types of music events going on from jazz to underground dance music. This is exciting as I could go out and have a different experience each night.
(Will): With the Bristol music scene already promoting itself as a thriving community upon moving here for university, it was only a matter of time before we would be able to take advantage of this and develop our musical presence and prowess. Being able to show off our musical ability, share our music, and also gather opportunities to play across the city has given a real insight into how we want to progress TVNDRA as an act.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our main aims/targets for the next year involve developing and refining our own sound within production to create more unique tracks. This will come in the form of new remixes, singles, and EPs in forthcoming months. We are also looking to grow our fanbase to help with promotion and marketing when new material is out. We will also continue to look to play shows wherever we can with the hope of playing across the UK at some point next year.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Some of our dream collaborations would be to work with artists such as; Joyryde, GTA, Skrillex, due to their ability to constantly produce and provide high-quality tracks which have an immediate impact every time.
We are also hoping to have a collaboration with our friend ATRIP soon, as well as other acts such as BLVCK CROWZ and Paladin.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There was a time we played at Bambu Beach Bar in Swansea where we were asked to stay limited to Tech House, yet we threw down some retro disco tracks, made the crowd go mad and had an incredible time. This even involved pouring vodka into the mouths of people in the front row!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We want people to know that we are in to pursue music for the long haul and that we are always interested in working with people from any corner of the music industry.