How did Projector get involved with Live is Alive?
We’d heard whisperings of a super-gig in aid of Brighton’s precious venues and put feelers out and we found ourselves on a lineup with our absolute favourite fellow three pieces. It’s an enormous pleasure to return to live music alongside them, and in aid of the venues we all came up in. I can’t wait to get back on stage.
The lineup across the dates is both A. Really great and B. very diverse. Does this diversity really highlight how far-reaching the live music scene is in terms of importance both in Brighton and the UK? It is not just guitar bands at Green Door, its soul collectives, DJs at clubs, jazz bands in pubs.
Yes. And once the government has finished telling us all to retrain maybe they’ll notice how essential a diverse artistic culture is. The creative industries form part of the bedrock of the UK economy – every advert on TV requires a musician, a producer, a copywriter, a designer, a sound engineer, a makeup artist, a stylist, a graphic designer, a video editor, a lighting technician, an actor or dancer. Cities like Brighton are where these people find their feet and considering the billions the creative industries pump into the economy I think that culture deserves nurturing and protection.
You finished a new EP back in summer, how was working on that given the climate?
It was difficult. We love recording. I always look forward to getting totally immersed in the process of making a record. Unfortunately it’s often the culmination of months of writing, demoing, rehearsal and pre-production so it was frustrating to be interrupted. What it did mean was that when we could get back in the studio it was 100% joy. We’re also very fortunate to record in the beautiful isolation of Agricultural Audio which is nestled behind the Downs.
It has been two years since the How Does It Feel EP, how do you feel the band, and by extension the new songs have grown in this time? What can people expect from the new EP?
I think ‘How Does It Feel’ was very much about a three piece in a room and our producer Ben was trying to capture that excitable energy. This new EP is more sonically adventurous, it’s pretty hyper. It’s structurally different too – last year Edward and I started writing with loops and drum machines because we liked the idea of a live band using the kind of arrangements you’d hear in EDM for instance. Then when we got our new drummer Cal his style informed and fitted in with that direction perfectly.
Have you got a roadmap for releasing the EP? Will you be playing tracks from it at Live is Alive?
We’ll probably play the EP in full at Live Is Alive. We’re desperate to get it out there. We’ve come a long way sonically from even our last release in 2019. I imagine this is how a bird feels when it needs to lay an egg very badly. All we can say is soon.