Band Life

SAONA:

Rish – Lead singer,  Rhythm Guitar

Charlie – Lead guitar, Keys, Backing Vox

Sam – Bass guitar, Synth

Alex – Drums

The concept of playing in a band is a million miles away from the reality of it; at the early stages, anyway. Don’t get me wrong we have (and continue) to play some amazing shows, had numerous opportunities and I definitely wouldn’t change a thing. However, the reality of it includes bits that nobody thinks of; sending thirty/forty/fifty emails to try and get new gigs in different venues and cities, spending hours rehearsing to polish a 10 second part of a song, or even just having to accept that not many venues will even give you a free beer, let alone cover your petrol.

Likewise with writing new music; I think the days of being completely unique and breaking into the music industry as a young band have all but gone; our 21st century generation has been swarmed with an influx of generic pop/electronic music. It seems there is now quite literally a recipe to writing a chart song, and as an artist if you’ve cracked it, you have guaranteed success. If Calvin Harris released a song tomorrow, I am sure it would make the top 30, no matter how awful it may be.

This really made me begin thinking about SAONA, and what we’ve potentially been doing wrong. I concluded that (as evidenced by many bands), your first track/EP/album, has to be, in some way, pop influenced. For example, bands such as The 1975, or Bastille, who began their early, pre-2013 days writing largely alternative music, have now only risen to success in the past 4 years, by releasing pop-based music.  If it’s not, simply not enough people will be interested. It’s like one huge snowball effect; the 1975’s debut album charted straight at Number One in the UK, and i do wonder if they hadn’t released “Chocolate” as their guitar-pop track single beforehand, if it would’ve even made the top fifty. Of course, this is a fairly large generalisation, there are different genres of bands that make success through non-pop music; the lo-fi/noise/grunge rock scene is still alive, but will never become as big as the guitar-pop bands, in my opinion.

As hard as you work, it always seems there will be someone better/more successful; being in a band highlights this to the extreme. I think there is an element of luck involved in breaking the music scene, i.e. if the  right person stumbles across your music at the right time and place, you can be catapulted into potential success and fame. 

Music Genie: Joe Probert

“Joe Probert is a singer/songwriter from Bristol.  Passionate, raw and powerful in his delivery and poetic lyrics he blends indie rock with an English folk twist.  Songs full of catchy choruses, eccentricity and ecstatic emotional highs. Joes primal voice transports you to his world.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61FmFzsTStE – “Joe Probert – Shake This Fate”

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