Interview: Death Rattle, ‘Wait’ single out now

Artist name:
Death Rattle

Release name: (album? single? EP?)
Wait (Single) 

Release date:
Monday 5th May

1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

Young. My parents owned little more than one Queen album and I danced around to that in the kitchen age five. Chris grew up with his Dad’s vinyl collection of bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode so had a broader musical upbringing and has passed on a lot of music to me as a consequence. 


2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I guess what every musician and music lover wants – to forge a career so it becomes your life for the long term and a hope that you stay creative, inspired and excited enough to keep it going. We don’t look at this as a money making exercise, we realised a while ago that to pursue writing and releasing music, it has to be done out of passion and love for the art of it, not what you’re going to get back, be it financially or otherwise. 

3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

We started writing and performing together about 8 years ago and have been in different bands, forming Death Rattle at the end of 2011 after our musical tastes and inspiration leant towards a more electronic sound.

4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

We’ve played some amazing venues – from a boat on the Danube in Budapest, to a giant shipping-yard-turned-squat in Holland, as well as a prison and an underground car park. We’ve made a lot of friends a stayed with lots of interesting people on tour – it’s a lot fun. Also someone in Copenhagen emailed to say one of our songs made him cry in a shop when he heard if for the first time – that was pretty cool.

5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

We’ve always maintained that Depehce Mode’s ‘Violator’ and Fever Ray’s self titled album were definite starting points for us but we’re now progressing our sound into something that won’t be as easily compared to just one or two bands. If you’re not desperately trying to sound like one particular band then you become the sum of all your influences and that should make for a really interesting mix as Chris and I both have really diverse but very particular tastes in music.
 
As for new influences – I’m obsessed with Young Fathers at the moment and also listening to a lot of Agnes Obel, Warpaint, J.Tillman, Camillie, FKA Twigs, TLC and Cocteau Twins.
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
It’s available on Itunes on 5th May.

7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

Friends in bands… Disraeli Gears, Laska, The Future’s Dust 

8. Where can we find/follow you online?-

www.twitter.com/deathrattletv

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