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Meet this week’s featured artist in an exclusive interview. Introducing You To Your Next Favorite Artist: Oceans

The Brighton-based alternative rock band are bursting onto the scene with their mix of alternative rock & post-hardcore sound. Of what fans can expect from their new EP ‘On & On’ (out now), the band describes: “They can expect it to be well produced and they can expect a massive difference from our debut EP with the old members. They can also expect elements of funk, post-hardcore and lots of riffs! I’d imagine people listening to the EP will struggle relating it to anything else.”

We recently talked with guitarist Conor Hyde to get Oceans take on alternative culture. Read on to find out more about your next favorite artist.

What are your top 3 favorite albums that inspired you to get into music?

There’s a lot to choose from but I’d have to say:

What are your fondest musical memories?

An extremely fond memory for Oceans wasn’t even that long ago. It was in April where we rocked up at a small venue on Denmark Street in Soho and our expectations were way down when we saw the venue. It turns out we performed to a COMPLETELY packed out room and the venue was way over capacity. It was just an incredible show… A fond memory for me as a listener is when I went to Sonisphere festival at the age of 16. It had such a strong impact on me that I didn’t mentally leave the festival until the following week!

Lately what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener

Back in the day I would only listen to music from the 90’s but now Oceans are loving the current rock charts! The rock scene has definitely seen worst days!

What is your creative process like? How do you approach the writing process? Is there a particular message or theme central to your creative works?

How it normally works is that I would write the template/draft idea then the rest of the band would do their parts around it. The music normally comes first then we do the lyrical theme afterwards.

We’re a firm believer that the cities that artists are based in helps craft their sound. How would you describe your city’s music scene? How has it inspired you into crafting your sound?

Good question! The Brighton music scene has influenced us a huge amount! It’s an inviting and very exciting scene to be part of and it has given us a helpful leg up.

How would you describe your visual aesthetic, in terms of album artwork, music videos, and artistry? How does the music you create contribute to your visuals? Does this extend to your live show experience?

Most gigs we play we see all the others bands wear black, top to bottom and we thought we’d stick out by wearing white at every show. The cover artwork for the EP ‘On & On’ is a girl with a white face in black water and we feel this is reflective of our image and overall theme. We also had girls feature in the promo for our merchandise as well.

As an indie artist in the digital age, social media and streaming are essential tools for marketing and promotion. What do you think about online music sharing, both as a music fan and as a musician? How do you think social media/music streaming services impacts the rising musician? 

Over all streaming is mostly great for the fan and less ideal for the artist but at the same time it’s great for the artist to have their content more accessible which should be a bigger focus than money I believe in the early stages of an artists career. Obviously this digital age has resulted in a lot of illegal music consumption from fans and they tend to feel bad for downloading an artists music illegally so this can normally be an incentive for fans to see the artist live because they feel guilty in some ways.

What is your dream collaboration and why? 

I think the dream collaboration would be with Don Broco! We always watch their tour diary and additional videos because they’re just so much fun to watch. Going on tour with them would be the dream.

What are you currently working on? Any new projects?

Lately we’ve been knuckling down with On & On’s release. We’re extremely occupied with it and we’re also planning a tour from September 27th – October 1st.

Which songs are you currently obsessed with? What new acts do you recommend to our listeners? What bands do you believe are your best kept secret in the indie community?

Right now I’m personally loving ‘Issues – The Realest’ and ‘Balance and Composures – Reflection’!

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