Emerging Artists #15 – The Collectable Few

January 18, 2011 by  

London quartet The Collectable Few are the first band in 2011 to feature in our regular Emerging Artists section and will join fellow inductees Trophy Wife, Esben and The Witch and Chapel Club in answering our regular set of questions…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

Nat and I played in bands together since we were teenagers. We were out one night and got accosted by a guy (Tarek) who just talked at us about music for hours and suggested that we start a band. Luckily it turned out we were all into the same stuff. We later got together in the studio and started getting ideas down. In the meantime a good friend told us about Alex who was a local drummer. We invited him down to a rehearsal and everything clicked into place.

What?s behind the band?s sound and how did you come to it?

It?s upbeat pop music. Guitar is an important part of it but we like to experiment with unusual sounds and rhythms. Tarek?s vocals draw a lot of inspiration from soul and dance music.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

We try to recreate a live sound but also enjoy adding unusual noises from synths and percussion.

Where was your first gig and what was it like?

We played upstairs in a pub in Chalk Farm. We realised we were onto a good thing when the floor began to give way and collapse.

What?s been your favourite gig you?ve done and what was that like?

We had fun supporting The Whigs at the Borderline over Christmas and Anna Calvi earlier in the year but it’s hard to pick a favourite show. We love playing weekend gigs in London. It?s a great feeling to win over a room of people who have never heard you before. London crowds have a reputation for being cold but we?ve never really found that.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment, new or old?

Blur, The Cure, Beach House, Crystal Castles, Mount Kimbie, Velvet Underground, Surfer Blood, Grizzly Bear, Best Coast, Wild Beasts

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

Energy, dancing and arm flailing.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Wings minus Linda.
What?s up next for the band?

We?ll hopefully be recording our debut album in NYC with Andrew over the summer. We?re also looking forward to a big year for live shows in London, some festivals, playing around the UK and further afield.

The Collectable Few – Headstrong by 9PR

We usually include a Myspace link to the band’s profile but we think that will be dead soon – so get Googling!