Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London band deafpony 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?
In the band we have Scott on vocals and rhythm guitar, James on backing vocals and bass, Mikey on lead guitar and Steven on drums. We all grew up in Croydon and met through mutual friends at school (except Steven and Mikey, who are brothers). When we were about 16, we started playing in bands together on and off under various names but then we came together as deafpony in 2017. The name we loosely stole from the Brewdog beer "Dead Pony Club".

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Our tastes tend to vary a bit between each member, but we’re all safely rooted in alternative rock. We like to dip into other genres, like indie, pop and emo for inspiration though: the material we’re producing now is definitely heavily inspired by bands like American Football and Turnover, but we like to borrow a lot of pop sensibilities from artists like The 1975 and Fickle Friends.

How would you describe your sound?
We like the emo-pop label to describe us. I think that aptly describes the love of fusing pop sensibilities with alternative rock, presenting as a touch heavier than your traditional indie-pop band.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The single we just put out is called ‘Ghosts’ and it’s heavily inspired by Turnover. The riff in the intro came from messing around during a band practice and Scott took it home and worked into a whole song. It’s about feeling left behind when your relationship ends, but being optimistic about ridding yourself of the ‘ghosts’ that haunt you as a result.

What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in South London is pretty dominated by hip hop, specifically grime. A Boxpark just opened up near us and it caters a lot to hip hop and singer-songwriters, but not rock or indie. We’ve had better success in central London, and we’ve had a lot of luck in cities like Norwich which have a booming rock scene. At a national level, there's quite a tight music scene for our genre so bands pretty often network online and tour so it's all pretty connected.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have lots of plans to record and put out more music, sticking to our pattern of singles and EPs. We’re thinking a little-and-often strategy when it comes to getting our music out there is gonna be the best way forward for us. As for solid plans, we're currently working towards our sophomore EP with a release of around early next year.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Scott would love to work with Mike Crossey as a producer, as he's produced a lot of our favourite bands; Mikey and Steven would love to collaborate with Will Yip, who's produced a lot of brilliant emo revival bands over in the USA. In terms of another artist to work with, we'd all be interested to collaborate with someone quite far away from our genre, like CHVRCHES or Loyle Carner.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
A famous YouTuber was at one of our shows once. He was stood near our merch table for about half an hour and we were all too awkward to even say hi.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
All of Scott's power is stored in his beard, please shave him before he gets too powerful.

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