Time for T
I was excited when hearing Wax, the new single from Time for T, because…
PHOTO CREDIT: Luke Moran-Morris
it has a light and sugar-coated feel but tackles issues around life and death. I ask the band about the song and its coming-together; whether they can disclose more details about their forthcoming, debut album and the significance of its title: Hoping Something Anything.
There is an international feel to the band – various members from different nations – so ask how they came together; whether there is any sonic shift since their eponymous debut E.P. and how patronage from sources like BBC Radio 1 feels.
The guys talk about the fan feedback and love feel; the kind of gigs they have approaching and whether they get a lot of downtime between gigs/recording – and how, if they get some, they prefer to spend it.
Hi, guys, how are you? How have your weeks been?
All good, thanks.
For those new to your work, can you introduce yourself, please?
We are a band that formed in Brighton in 2013.
Sorry to ask but I have to ask the origin behind the band name, Time for T?
It started off as a bit of a joke.
At first, it was a solo project and people call me ‘T’; so, I thought it was a funny idea to have this name plus, I needed a name for the MySpace page at the time.
When the other guys joined, the project the name just stuck.
Wax is your new single. What’s it all about?
It’s kind of a sugar-coated song about death and the time we have on this planet. How we should live to the fullest potential because after we are gone, the world will keep going.
It comes from your debut album. Can you reveal more about the kind of songs and ideas you’ll be exploring on that record?
Our debut album was recorded in patches throughout 2016 and it has many ideas and sounds that are probably attached to the fact we recorded it in patches.
I think there are certain signature sounds that tie it all together such as the organ sounds and the dreamy guitars.
But, the album really does go from real deep and calm songs to groovy upbeat tracks – to get you dancing in your car seat.
I love listening to music while driving; so I guess this record will be a journey for those who are driving but also for those who are sitting still.
What is the significance of its title, Hoping Something Anything?
It’s the title of one of our most-recent songs and it just seemed to resonate with us. We make music in the hope that something will come out of it and, so far, it has taken us through some amazing experiences such as playing in Beirut and having our music aired on BBC Radio 1 etc..
This title suggests that we are hopeful and are ready for anything.
How would you say the band/your music have changed since the 2015 E.P., Time for T?
I believe we are now better musicians and have a lot more experience under our belt. You would hope that with every release, you become better. This is our debut album so we put a lot of love, time and energy into it. The last E.P. is something we are proud of and it was definitely an important learning curve.
I feel that our sound is now more unified and consistent.
We know where we are going with our sound. The fact that we produced the album ourselves was also a really important difference: we got the chance to explore things we wouldn’t normally have the chance to and that can be scary sometimes as there are infinite possibilities – but, also, can really make you hone into what you believe works as a sound that enhances the song.
You source membership and ideas from Brighton and Britain via Portugal, Switzerland and beyond. How did you all come together at the start and would you say the cosmopolitanism in the band reflects directly in your music?
We all met in Brighton having come from different backgrounds and locations. The unifying factor was that we all moved to Brighton to pursue music and had a love for the ‘60s, ‘70s and World music.
I think that as a band we reflect this mixed background but, also, the sounds that united us in the first place.
Previous songs have been played on BBC Radio 1 and featured on Spotify. Has it been quite overwhelming getting attention like that and seeing your music connect with so many people?
It’s really nice to have our work recognised and to know that thousands of people from around the world are digging the tunes. It can be overwhelming but in a very positive way.
It also gives us the energy and determination to create more music that can connect with people.
How important are the fans and the kind of reaction you get on the road?
We wouldn’t share our music and play live if it didn’t get a good reaction from people. At first, the music is made for our own enjoyment and the need for creating something new, but the energy one gets from the people who listen to the music we create is also a catalyst for creating and playing more and more.
It’s a nice, vicious cycle.
I know you have some U.K. gigs in the coming few months. Which dates are you looking forward to most? Any international dates to follow?
We are looking forward to playing at Green Man Festival in Wales. We played there last year and it was one of our favourite festival shows ever. The line-up there is always amazing and the crowd are real musos.
We will be playing all over Europe after the album comes out in September. It’s been a while since we have been on the road so we are really looking forward to it.
What do you guys get up to outside of the band? Is there much time to wind-down and relax away from music?
We all have other music projects and part-time jobs so we are all fairly busy people. Music has definitely become our main activity in the past couple of years which is great.
If you each had to select the album that have meant most to you which would they be and why?
I (Tiago) am answering the questions but I think I can talk for all of us when I say that we all love Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks and The Touré- Raichel Collective’s Tel Aviv Sessions.
Dylan, because the songs are just incredible in a lyrical sense and the melodies and grooves are right up our street.
Touré- Raichel, because it’s so different to what we make and so hard to play that we are just in awe at the sheer technicality – and exotic sounds that come out from the speakers when that album is on.
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Are there any new/upcoming artists you advise we keep an eye out for this year at all?
Yes. Olympia (Australian singer) is amazing.
We also really like Cotton Jones Basket Ride.
What advice would you give to any new artists coming through right now?
Do what you believe in for yourself: if other people like what you’re doing see it as a bonus but not the ‘be-all-end-all’.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can each name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that).
Tiago: Delicate Steve – Two Lovers
Joshua: Bob Dylan – Isis
Martyn: Jorge Ben – Criola
Oliver: The Touré- Raichel Collective – Bandirabait
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