5 Questions With: Michael McQuaid [SXSW Edition]

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We spoke with Michael McQuaid about his first timeperforming at South By Southwest, new music, and the best advice he’s received!

Check out our interview with him below!
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5 Questions With: Fatherson [SXSW Edition]

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One of our “50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW” included Scottish alternative rockers, Fatherson. We spoke with the guys about formingthe band, their tour with Enter Shikari, and their experience at South By
Southwest! Check out our interview below!

You guys formed
Fatherson at only 17 years old. What inspired you guys to form a band and begin
creating music together?
We were actually younger than that
when we decided to play music together, I think we just got bored and wanted to
start something that our friends back home were doing. When we were growing up
the scene in our hometown of Kilmarnock was really strong and it inspired us to
start playing. Then after that we just learned off of each other and found that
we really enjoyed what we were doing.

Last month you hit the road in the UK with post hardcore band, Enter Shikari,
which sounds like an incredible tour. How was that experience like and what is
the best advice that they gave you?
The most surreal part of that tour
was that since we were young we almost idolised Enter Shikari, with only a
slight influence on the music we play, but getting to see them every night was
incredible. They have always been my favourite live band, and with the
combination of a crazy light show and an awesome new album they seemed
unstoppable on the mindsweep tour. I think the best advice they gave us was
just to enjoy what you do, some people will love it and some will hate it, just
play with harder for the people that love it and hope that it’s hard enough to
turn a few heads of the haters.

South By Southwest is filled
with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in
particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?
I was really excited to see Chon
when we were over but unfortunately scheduling made it impossible to catch them
which was a shame, but we did get to see one of our favourite bands More than
conquerors a couple of times over the week. We did however discover a band from
Norway called “cold mailman” and a japanese band called “LITE” that was
awesome. I am also now addicted to “Seinabo Sey” after seeing her in the Hype
Hotel.

You guys are actually from
Glasgow, Scotland, which has its own impressive music scene. What do you think
is the biggest difference between playing shows in Scotland versus in the
states?
We were born and raised slightly
south of Glasgow in a place called Kilmarnock, but we have been living and
operating out of Glasgow for a while now and being a part of the scene here has
been incredible. I think that the states is very similar to play in, which is
possibly why Scottish artists seem to be so well received across the pond.
Every show we played in the states over the last few weeks and when we were
over a couple of years ago for Yellowphone music conference have been awesome
and we’ve met so many awesome people who were into what were doing. It feels
like people embrace music the same way in America as they do back home, which
is a great thing.

Your debut full-length was
released in April of last year. Is there any new music in the works, possibly a
new album? If so, what information can you share with us about it?
We are currently just writing new
material, and seeing what we are going to do with it in the future. You never
know…

5 Questions With: Redlands [SBSW Edition]

Redlands recently released the first track off their
upcoming EP, Adventurer, and it’s absolutely addicting. Don’t believe us?
Listen to it
for yourself. The band had an impressive 2014 with releasing
their debut EP, performing at a few dates of the Vans Warped Tour and recording
their sophomore EP (to be released this June). This year is shaping up to be just as great with the band playing South By So What?! – needless to say, this is a band you want to keep on your radar. We spoke with the guys about
their new music, their motivation to tour, and their experience at South By So
What?!. Check out the interview below!

In addition to South
By So What?!, you guys have also performed at the Vans Warped Tour. Do you guys
prepare differently for festivals versus any other shows you would normally
play?
Yes and no, there’s not the usual
allotted amount of time like you get when you play a regular theater show so
you have to pretty much be ready to throw your stuff on stage and go.

What act were you most excited to catch at South By So What?! and did they meet
your expectations?
We all love Circa Survive from our
high school days and I don’t think any of us anticipated the show and
performance they would put on. They’re incredible musicians and performers.

It’s been over a year since you guys have released an EP, but you’ve announced
that your new EP, Adventurer, will be
released this June. What sound can fans expect to hear and what else can you
tell us about it?
Some of the songs on this EP are very
different from The Lonewolf EP, but at the same I think there’s similarities
you’ll see tying it together. Expect to hear more indie pop influences, big
guitars, tasteful acoustics, and driving drums. This album showcases yet
another side of our art which we’re very capable of and we can’t be more pumped
to share it.

On top of performing at South By and releasing some new music, you guys just
finished a short tour. What keeps you guys motivated to stay so busy?
You know, we simply love what we do
and we treat this more than just a hobby or any kind of job. This band is a
life for us and continuously pushing it forward is something that helps us feel
like we have meaning to our lives. Making a year plan on a shared google
document is definitely something that keeps us working towards greater things,
staying motivated, and realistic at the same time.

What can fans expect to see next from Redlands?
Well besides our new release
Adventurer coming out, we’ll be heading out on a summer west coast tour in
June/July followed by a fall tour out east. We have a few other things in
between for the inter-webs we’ll be working on as well. Come late fall we plan
on working on a few singles with two different producers we all envy, so it’ll
be a busy year for us nonetheless.