For the first of Mix It All Up’s new short interview feature, ‘Let’s Take Five’, we caught up with Sahara ahead of their debut, self-titled EP release next week. The band were also featured as our ‘Track Of The Day’ last week with their latest single ‘Scratch’.
Firstly, so that our readers can know a little bit more about you, please introduce your band.
We’re Sahara – Adam (vocals/guitar), Keir (bass), Ally (drums) and Megan (guitar) from Dundee.
Your debut EP will be released on the 29th July. How would you describe your sound/what should we expect from this release?
We can’t describe the sound of the EP well ourselves but when we first heard it back the general term that was being thrown around the room to describe it was ‘massive’, which is probably largely down to the production of it as well (produced by Scotty Anderson at Magic Box Studio). The songs are all quite different to each other however all are energetic, melodic, structured hopefully memorable and contain our own unique twist – our ‘sound’.
Where did the initial spark that inspired you to create music and start a band come from?
We honestly can’t remember. I don’t even think it was planned. Some of us had already previously working together on different projects so it just kinda happened unintentionally. Ally was already in another band at the time so he was originally only supposed to be playing drums temporarily but it ended up just becoming permanent and here we are today!
We all have shared influences which is probably why it’s worked well so far. One album in particular which we could all agree on being a heavy influence is Up the Bracket by The Libertines, in fact we used to cover Up the Bracket (the track) during our early gigs when we didn’t have enough original material to fill a set.
If you could play at any venue or festival in the world, where would it be and why?
T in the Park is on the bucket list because it’s local and the best festival in the world for that reason. It would be good to see other places in the world through playing gigs though but you never want to be too ahead of yourself and optimistic. We’d love to play gigs with more bands that we listen to as well.
Finally, have you got anything to share in regards to upcoming gigs and what do you have planned for the rest of 2016?
We’re playing Y Not Festival in Derbyshire on Saturday 30th July – first band on the Jack Daniels/This Feeling stage which is good timing as our EP comes out the day before. We’re obviously not expecting a Wembley sized crowd since we’re just a new and young band from Dundee, but if we could get even one new person listening to us from it that would be great – it’s all about the experience really.
We’re also headlining a club night called Jagger’s Lips at Buskers in Dundee on 13th August and Baby Strange (who we and all our mates love) asked us to support them at the same venue on 16th September so we’re looking forward to that too!
You can listen to their latest single ‘Scratch‘ below.