The Common View
The Common View are a newly formed indie band made up of four University students based in Leeds. Their Debut album was self-recorded, mixed and mastered, giving them a professional yet homegrown sound. Drawing from a variety of bands including the rhythmic strumming of The Strokes to the punchy guitar riffs of The Cribs, The Common View delivers a "pioneering organic style" that showcases the band's energy: wild, quirky and charismatic. Bassist Joe provides complex bass lines that compliment the guitars of Jose and Dom, while the Singer/Drummer combo of Jacob offers a unique take on the traditional band set up.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Jose: I was 13 years old (2002) when I found a dvd of Oasis performing at Wembley Stadium (Familiar To Millions). That gave me the motivation to learn to play the guitar, and the desire to form a band. So far, I’ve been in more than 5 bands, but I have a feeling this one is gonna have the biggest impact on the music scene!
Joe: I heard "Anesthesia" by Cliff Burton and realized I needed a bass. The writing happened on its own after that
Dom: It sounds horribly cliche but my inspiration was my dad; he was a big local musician back where I come from and he used to have people queuing out the door to see his band (or so I’ve been told). Since hearing stories like that, I had to start writing music and playing live and god knows where it’ll take us now but I’m in for the ride.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We are pretty new so we’re yet to have our ‘crazy’ moment, but our personal favorite story is Joe’s being booed off stage for playing death metal at a talent show the day before the band who wrote cover he was playing was on. It’s a good laugh but he ended up going for food with the bassist and getting some tips so I guess he’s the lucky one after all.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Well, we are early doors, but we are getting more and more chances to perform live, we were invited for a live interview in February and the stats on Spotify and Youtube are still increasing. We have almost reached the 1k on Spotify and 2 of our videos on Youtube have accumulated more than 1K views. It’s hard to have a highest moment when every day you see you’re getting more and more opportunities and positive feedback, but our first gig has to be up there - having finally put together all our hard work into a 30 minute set that went down really well was a good way to end the year!
Listen to their single "I Can't Get You OUt of My Face" on Youtube:
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We believe that a collaborative environment is perfect. For that reason we take the time in the rehearsals to compose new songs. Of course each member of the band has their own strengths. For example, Jacob finds it easy to find catchy phrasings for the songs, while Dom has the determination to write deep and meaningful lyrics, usually at 3 a.m. in his bedroom. Jose is good at producing the melodies and the overall structure of the song once the basics are settled. Joe has only recently joined us, but he’s immediately had an impact by putting crazy bass riffs into the songs we had, just bringing them up a whole new level.
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?
The competition. Nowadays is really easy to record, mix and master your music at home, and also you have many platforms available to share your music for free. I am not saying that it was easy before, the 50’s and 60s had their own challenges, but it was no doubt different. Now we are facing a lot of visible competition, Spotify, Itunes and Soundcloud are letting many low-budget bands get their music out there. For that reason, music platform are receiving thousands of new tracks every month. The problem is that the music industry only opens its door when you are popular, but the market is being overwhelmed by the millions of artists available to be listened. So we guess that investing in the right promotion is the key factor. Many blogs, magazines, radios, etc. offer you chances to increase your fan base and more exposure, but financial resources are especially limited in low-budget bands, so thinking about where and when to invest is the key to growth.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We are agreed about sharing the stage with The Strokes. They are a cool band, we like their style and also because they are a big influence for our music. It would’ve been immense to have played at Live Aid, too! if only we had a time machine and a few hit 70s tunes to get us on the bill.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We just decide in advance the songs that we would like to perform and the order in which we will play them. So when we go to the rehearsal room we practice the show to get an idea of how it’s gonna go. Also in the rehearsal sessions we dedicate time to creating songs, checkings some of the rhythms and trying out new riffs to get feedback from each other.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song called “The Hollow”. And it was because we needed to write the whole song in less than 5 hrs. We got together at Jose’s flat to record the EP, so we spent 2 days recording everything. During the night, in our break, we created the song “The Hollow”, creating a new song was completely out of the blue. We loved what we created so we decided to record it the last day, which was the last one before summer break, thus we won’t see each other after 2 months of holidays.
What's coming up in the future?
We are getting more opportunities to spread our songs on the radio. We are playing at the backroom Leeds on the 25th of January, and we are expecting to get some gigs around Leeds during this semester. There are some opportunities to perform live but we are still waiting for the confirmation of the dates. Other than that, we are always working on new music so have another album/EP on the horizon and just look forward to showing the world what we’ve got!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
For more information on The Common View, please visit their website.