Hailing from Kent, alst-rock trio Faded Shades consists of Joe (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Liam (bass) and Charlie (drums). With the success of their debut album, numerous performances on the London and South East music scene, some prime festival appearances and a growing fanbase, Faded Shades is ready to roll-out their 2nd album. Recorded professionally at Big Jelly Studios (after a weeks residency), the sound was inspired by artists like Lou Reed, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis. In advance of the album, the band has released the single "She Left Yesterday."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Oasis seems to be the cornerstone that connects all the musical dots in the beginning. From friends at school trying to figure out the chord run in 'Falling Down' to hearing the opening chords of 'Roll With It' played on a knock of display Stratocaster by my Dad; Oasis was just always there. Noel inspired the songwriter in me and Liam inspired the rockstar. - Joe
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
In all honesty not much in the way of craziness has happened yet, but probably hearing people sing our songs back at us at open mic nights and when they get stuck in peoples heads.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Playing O2 Academy Islington was our best gig to date. The crowd and energy of the room was electric. We got an encore that really wasn't planned or supported by the event staff, but they couldn't let the last band go on with us still fresh in the crowds mind. It was Gladiatorial.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The songs get jammed out; solos, bridges, outros, all normally fall into place after the acoustic skeleton of the song and a rough idea has been written by Joe. It's a lot of fun.
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?
Getting noticed. There's no way of getting noticed full stop. The internet is ridiculously over saturated with all manor of creative media grabbing for your potential fans attention. Its a game of marketing before people have even heard your music; we're not graphic designers or advertisers, we are musicians, we are a band and we should be judged on our music alone rather than our 'socials'. Gigging is dead, you play to near empty rooms for no money, or quite often at a loss with current promoter setups. If we could change one thing it would just to be given a chance. A support slot to a sizeable crowd to prove ourselves, the rest would write itself. But instead your music sits in overcrowded email inboxes or is flicked past on an Instagram feed. The amount of bands we've seen give up makes us sad, but we are determined to not be one of them.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Maybe Paul Weller? He's a big influence on us all. The Jam were a loud three piece like ourselves and we have a lot of respect for him as a solo artist and with the Jam.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals are in a spare bedroom at Joe & Charlies Grandparents house! We play on electric drums to supposedly keep the noise down, but usually end up feed backing across the farmers fields. The neighbours love our ambition though so we cant complain, and amazingly neither do they!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
She Left Yesterday! Our newest single. Its a great riff, and a great riff deserves great words! And thats exactly what they got! The lyrics are more like a poem, probably the most proud I've ever been of lyrics - Joe
Listen on Soundcloud.
What's coming up in the future?
Our second album! Its already finished. Professionally recorded in a weeks residency at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate. We have had the struggle of recording our first album in a DIY studio (also in the spare room we jam in) and decided to go all out. It was an eye watering cost, but completely self funded we managed it.
Tell us where fans can access your music?