Predictor: An Interview With Seasfire
Recently announced as the 13th most blogged artist in 2012 on the BBC’s Blog Zeitgeist, pipping the likes of Grimes, The XX and Django Django to the post, it looks like 2013 could well be the year of the Seasfire. Following a set of highly acclaimed demos, supporting for the likes of Bastille and King Charles and playing the Reading & Leeds festival they have amassed a startling amount of followers. After such a thoroughly successful 2012, I was able to grab a few questions with the Bristol-born electronic band to find out what their plans are for 2013. They discuss their great performance at Reading and Leeds Festival, the surprise at their nomination for the Blog Sound 2013 and what inspired them to become musicians. They are a definitely a band to look out for in the coming months and they are certainly bringing an original sound to the music scene.
Who’s idea was it to start a band and how did you get together?
Well me, Dave and Joe started writing together in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t really a decision to start a band, we just did a couple of tracks together at home and thought they sounded good, so the band kind of formed from that initial experimentation. Then, when James joined a couple of months later that completed the set up as we could then play live.
Is being in a band something you’ve all always wanted to do?
Making music is definitely what we all want to do, and I think being in a band is the best way to go about it. We’re a unit.
For someone who hasn’t heard your music, how would you describe it to them?
When we first started writing this was often hard to do, so we tended to say it was electronic at its core, but draws on contemporary influences – we used to get compared to The Weeknd a lot, for instance. But now that has changed and we get compared to everything from MuteMath to Depeche Mode. Our sound has started to grow so I would say it hints at being anthemic, but we still like to hold something back. We don’t want it to be easy listening.
Who are your musical influences?
Between us there is common ground but we all do vary a lot in our taste. I would say the overriding ones are Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Bloc Party, Clams Casino and SBTRKT.
You played the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading/Leeds festival earlier this year, what was that experience like?
Obviously it was fantastic. It worked well playing Friday at Leeds, as a kind of warm up, before Reading on the Sunday where we were filmed. Both crowds were great and I think we played well both times. It was kind of weird knowing people were there to see us. BBC Introducing have helped us out a lot this year in various ways. Hopefully we’ll play more festivals next year. It has given us the taste of how much fun they can be, and how up for it the crowds are.
You’ve been nominated in the Blog Sound of 2013. Was that something you were expecting?
100% no! It came completely out of the blue and is a huge achievement for us. It is a very prestigious list that runs alongside the BBC Sound of one. We’re with bands like Haim, Chvrches and The Neighbourhood, who we all look up to a lot. It is a big privilege for us to have the support of so many blogs.
You have a really beautiful and ghostly video for ‘We Will Wake’. What inspired that video?
Well we considered the lyrics of the song and the themes that come from it. We knew we wanted something mysterious and beautiful. Then we were shown images by Solve Sundsbo, a Norwegian photographer whose images are bizarre and cleverly manipulated, of these kind of gothic nymphs, and we knew we needed them in the video!
Your EP ‘We Will Wake’ is really brilliant. When can we expect a full-length album?
Thank you, I’m glad you like it. As for a full LP, who knows? 2013 will be a big year so we’ll keep writing and see where it takes us.
What has been your highlight of 2012?
It’s hard to say, as we’ve done so much. Probably recording at Abbey Road or playing Reading festival. But then we’ve also done some amazing gigs,Oxford, Cardiff SWN Festival, supporting King Charles and Bastille. Playing live is where we thrive.
What plans do you have for 2013, what can your fans expect?
Our plan is to release a limited edition vinyl on the Too Pure singles club early next year as lots of people have been asking for a physical release from us. Then we’ll start to play more shows again through February and beyond. We’ll just keep releasing more music as the year progresses and see what happens. We have big ambitions but we are in no rush. It is still such early days for us that we need to make sure we do things right and make the music we want to make. I think 2013 will be a great year.