Interview with Bone Cult. (Band Interview)
Today we have the pleasure of speaking to UK music group Bone Cult.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of Bone Cult?
The history of Bone Cult started in 2013 when we met in Leicester, United Kingdom. After both being at the same venue, we decided we didn’t like what we say in the scene and strived to create something different and unique from the run-of-the-mill bands who we’d seen week after week. We wanted to blur the line between production and band, combining electronic music with a more aggressive edge.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
No, we both trained ourselves through trial and error and finding out what worked. Originally, we started by recording live instruments, such as drums with a full microphone set up, but have definitely shifted more into manipulating electronic and analogue hardware into more electronic style music.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
At the moment we do not have a studio album but are releasing a series of singles. Our latest single ‘Given Love’ is inspired by Bjork on her album Homogenic which had really interesting instrumentation and production. We wanted to do a darker take on one of her songs with a more driving beat under it.
How did you go about making Given Love?
On Given Love, we used a combination of analogue synths like the Korg Volca Bass with digital drums. We’re a big fan of processed vocals and that’s part of the signature of our sound. The song came together quickly and made us realise we prefer to get new material out as soon as we can without overthinking it!
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
Yeah, like stated in previous answers, we started on live instruments with microphones and have moved more towards electronic music production using samples, etc.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
Our studio consists of a MacBook, external monitor, 2 large Yamaha HS-8’s that are far too big for the space we work in. Other than that just an interface and keyboard and microphone for vocals. We use the interface for guitar and bass too.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
We’re always looking at new sounds we can incorporate into our productions so things like vocoders and modular synths are things we’d love to get our hands on.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
We do not do any solo projects outside of Bone Cult, but we do like remixing other artists and have other producers remix our songs.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We’ve got a string of European shows planned for the summer going as far East as Latvia with stops in Holland and Poland on the way. Ideally, we’d also like to make the journey across the Atlantic to Canada for some shows we’ve been offered towards the end of the year.
Let’s have a few general questions now.
What do you see as a musicians role in society?
We see a musicians role in society as purely someone involved in creating musical content. We’ve never been the types to push a deep, political message or use our music like that. We just want to create content that we are into and provide entertainment through our live performances.
Anything unique happening musically in your country? (We are based in England and South Africa).
As a Nottingham based band, it’s a very exciting city musically with loads of artists in every genre of music. There is a scene rising of producers making interesting left-field electronic music such as Baby Tap and Goteki which we are fans of, as well as bands pushing the boundaries like Eyre Llew who are making massive waves in the ambient rock music scene.
Where do you stand on music videos?
Our band is very visual based and we definitely consider our image integral to our band. We feel that music videos are our favourite way to give new content to our audience as its a lot more engaging than just an audio stream.
Do you see their value in today’s world?
Absolutely. Youtube is a huge platform and is the biggest streaming service out there. Catching peoples interest through an interesting video can boost your audiences massively. Look at OKGO for instance when they first started catching peoples attention. So much so that they began to make a reputation for themselves, purely for their music videos. We feel like we’ve always tried to remain ambition with the look and location of our videos to have a high production level.
What’s your take on the “new” technology? (Bandcamp, Soundcloud, MP3)
Again, new technology can massively boost your audience. Soundcloud at the minute is providing rap and hip-hops newest artists which just goes to show its influence as well as where the younger generation is going to discover new music and genres away from what the mainstream media is trying to promote.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We think that the industry is shifting a lot more towards DIY methods thanks to new ways to distribute music and promote yourself online. Record labels are now becoming obsolete and the power lies in the hands of artists. It’s now completely possible to make it without anyone else help which is a big change from how the industry was in days gone by, which is something we’re happy about
Any advice for new bands?
The advice I’d give for new bands would be to play as many shows as possible and write as much as possible. The more you hone your craft, the more you’ll be able to stand out from what’s already out there and find your sound.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
We’d just like to let them know, we’ll be releasing a lot of new music this year, so check that out and we plan on releasing a lot of new custom merchandise which has had a lot of interest in it recently.