Scarlet Drive is and Alternative Rock group that became a firm fixture on Perth’s live music scene with their stellar sound that takes elements of punk funk, and reggae. The Australian band released their debut single, “Sad Robot,” in May of 2017. The single was a huge hitter reaching an impressive #10 on the Triple J Unearthed rock charts. After completing their first Ep at renowned Heliport Studios, the band recently released ‘Ceto,’ which placed #1 and #2 on the Triple J Unearthed pop charts!
Check out the launch video for the single here!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Milli: My dad is also a musician so music's always been a part of my life, I've been writing songs since I could play an instrument (most of them nonsensical). Maddey: I think having so much to say and not being able to say it was a major part of starting to write.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Michael: Getting flashed on stage Brandon: Getting flashed on stage Milli: Getting flashed on stage Maddey: I wasn't there but getting flashed on stage
What has been the high point of your music path?
Michael: Right now. We don’t have any desire to hit a “high” point everything we do is always a step above what we have already done. Milli: With the amount of time we've spent together, there's been a few. In our first year it was just to play our favourite venue, so we've been really blown away by the response we've been getting.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Michael: Either Milli will approach us with a progression or lyrics and we work on it from there or it just happens naturally though a jam and someone likes a rhythm, chords or something that sparks an idea. Maddey: Starting off with something someone has come up with and all adding our own flare to it
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Michael: The hardest thing I feel for independent artists is getting a strong footing in the scene without any connections to people who are already established. Trying to make a name for yourself in a world where everyone is fighting for the same spot is pretty hard. Milli: Especially with the rise of streaming services, it's increasingly hard to be able to establish a 'music career' where you can focus full-time, I think nowadays that's a long-term goal for a lot of indie artists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Brandon: Kanye West in his prime! He’s completely different to our style but he can hype the crap out of an audience Maddey: The Pixies just to meet Kim Deal
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Brandon: Rehearsals are like private gigs for us. When we’re not sitting down and writing songs we play a hell of a show for no one
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Milli: I think Ceto was actually one of the tougher songs on the EP, as we were fine-tuning it even while we were in the studio, we knew it had the potential to be great and wanted to make sure it lived up to that standard. Brandon: One of the songs off the EP 'Abusement Park' was tricky too because we had so many ideas we wanted to fit in it.
What's coming up in the future?
Michael: Shows, EP, SHOWS , S H O W S, T O U R, SSSSHHHOOOWWWSSS
Brandon: Basically a lot of shows.
Tell us where fans can access your music.