Indie + alternative music culture depends on dedicated artists who create diversity & drive innovation in all aspects of songwriting, production & performance. We constantly feature new & notable independent acts on the verge of success. Meet this week’s featured artist in an exclusive interview. Introducing You To Your Next Favorite Artist: Room1Fourteen.
Room1Fourteen are an indie rock trio, based in-between England and Switzerland. The band is made up William Mayos (vocals / guitar / piano / songwriter), Rob Green (guitar / production) and David Dasenbrook (drums / bass). The band’s influences are some of our rock n roll greats from Oasis, to Blur, The Smiths and Pink Floyd, which can be heard in the diverse rock output throughout their latest album. Keeping true to the greats who paved the way before them, the band’s name comes from the number of a hotel room where what can only be described as something truly rock n roll occurred.
We recently talked with Will to get Room1Fourteen’s take on alternative culture. Read on to find out more about your next favorite artist.
Comments From The Curating-Editor
I’ve been saying it for a few months now, but I can now confidently say that rock is back as the dominating soundscape in indie music. Another indication of this movement is the latest album by Room1Fourteen. Take the glowing, guitar-driven track So Cold as an example: indicative of the brit-rock influences of the group, the guttural effects and fuzzy atmospherics create sonics that are definitely not “so cold.” With a bit of oughts-era alternative flare that we see today with indie rock acts, the directness of the vocals has that dazing lure of longing passion. The frankness in Room1Fourteen’s aesthetic has a throwback quality, but with an attention to detail that’s pointed forward. You’ll get an array of decades-spanning-inspired pedal effects with their Control LP, that carries an “element of searching for something, or getting lost in a moment. The songs can be a diary of a set time.”
What are your top 3 favorite albums that inspired you to get into music?
The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
Nirvana – Nevermind
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
What are your fondest musical memories?
As a listener, I like to get lost in an album, I want the music to take me somewhere. The best records do that.
As an artist, it would have to be the first song that I wrote and liked.
Lately what musical periods or styles do you find yourself most drawn to as a listener?
I am very much into the Creation Records sound at the moment. I am always open to new things from the underground radio stations too.
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?
I don’t have any set pattern. I keep my ears open for ideas all the time. I like to have the song ready in acoustic form before playing it to the other guys in the studio.
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?
I think it’s a great way for new music to be heard. I like to use SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
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?
The photo for the album cover was taken in the bar where we met two years ago. It shows the table that we met at, too. It was nice to have that as the artwork. Live can be different, depending on how each person feels on the day, which is fun…
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?
I can see your point but I don’t think a place has ever inspired Room1Fourteen’s sound. We live in an international city so people come and go. I would say meeting people from all over the world has inspired the band’s sound.
What is your dream collaboration and why?
It would have to be Jimi Hendrix. He could make anything sound better.
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?
The Sherlocks are a cool new band. I also like the band Black Lime, they have a good song called “Sucker Punch.”
What are you currently working on? Any new projects?
The new album Control has been my main focus. It is available to download via Bandcamp.