The 101

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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 Dexter from unsigned Aberdeen band The 101 to find out more…

Who is in the band, how did you meet and where are you from?
Dexter Fawcett, Ross Buchan, Matthew Read, Cameron Stephen, Andrew Joseph, Nick Cameron. We were all at school together in Aberdeen, so we really go way back in terms of how long we’ve known each other and how long we’ve been playing together. We started off just jamming covers in music rooms in secondary school and then eventually tried our luck at writing originals and took it from there into the fully-fledged band that it is today.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I think the beauty of having a larger band is that there is such a vast and eclectic mix of musical inspiration and influence growing up. I can only speak personally but I grew up listening through my dad's record collection and so was introduced to artists like The Beatles, Tracy Chapman, David Bowie and Simon and Garfunkel. I think since I began ‘songwriting’ itself I was always attracted to very upfront and honest lyricists, stuff that isn’t necessarily open to much interpretation but rather says it how it is. That naturally led me to have a strong gravitation towards artists like Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison and things like that.

How would you describe your sound?
Indie-pop.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
We released a double single in August called ‘Sleeping In’ and its accompanying B-side ‘It Never Rains in LA’. Sleeping In to me is very much a shameless love song about not wanting to get out of bed because everything you need is right next to you. ‘It Never Rains in LA’ has a bit more depth to it. It’s about not aspiring to be someone else or live somewhere else/be in a different situation/be jealous of someone else’s life but rather just appreciate what you have. I think using the metaphor of Los Angeles as this place of Euphoria and perfection and it never raining in LA, referring to it always being sunny and happy and perfect over there is the message I was trying to get across while writing it. We spend our whole lives comparing ourselves to what we see online and thus naturally are more gravitated to be discontent with our own lives.

What’s your local music scene like?
Aberdeen is fantastic, so many great bands coming through the circuit, particularly young bands, with such a great vibe with bands supporting other bands and going to other bands' gigs and things. Really can’t complain.

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Locking ourselves away for a bit and trying to work on some new tracks, recording them and hopefully get some new music out there in early 2020 with an accompanying tour.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Bon Iver would be special, not sure he’d answer our calls though.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We’d released a brand new single called ‘First & Last’ in 2018 and we had a pretty big gig just after it where people were dying to see it played live and so we saved it for last to ‘go out with a bang’ as it were. And then just after announcing ‘this will be our last song’ the plug got pulled on the gig because we’d ran over and the sound curfew kicked in so we just never played it, still have nightmares about it.

You can find out more about The 101 via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube. You can also read a review of their live show at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen here.