After meeting in their first year at BIMM Dublin, State Lights have been gaining successes ever since – their EP launched in March 2016 and they’ve recently performed on RTE’s The Ray D’Arcy Show
Here they speak about their track ‘Dance Again With Me‘ and what the future holds for them and their music.
What was the inspiration behind your track?
This track is one very close to our hearts, it is a story about our drummers (Pauls) grandparents. When they were younger they would regularly go ballroom dancing together but when his grandfather passed away his grandmother decided that she would not continue to go dancing without her partner. Last year when Pauls grandmother passed away our singer Shobsy was asked to sing at her funeral and was told this story. It really touched him and after hearing it he asked the family if he could write a song about it, which they were more than happy about.
What did your songwriting process involve?
Shobsy came into the rehearsal space with the main idea behind the song and a basic structure for it in place. So with the vibe and message of the song already there the rest came together very quickly. It was a really organic process, idea’s flowed for what each instrument should be doing in the arrangement, one idea led to another and by the end of that rehearsal the song was finished! it was a great feeling, everything that you hear on the track is what we came up with in those couple of hours that day and has not changed since.
What things do you do differently to other bands?
As much as we want people walking away from our gigs and our music thinking ‘that was a tight band’ or ‘that song was cool’ what we really want to get across with our music is the spirit of each one of our songs. We want to connect with our audience on a deeper level emotionally and I think that comes across in our performances, especially how our frontman Shobsy interacts with the crowd.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Stadium Pop Rock
Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
That is a hard one to answer because we have so many musical influences that have impacted how we all play and who we are as musicians, so I think we may have channelled quite a few, not just one.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The best thing about BIMM is meeting other likeminded musicians. The foundation of our band was formed on our very first day in BIMM when Shobsy and Paul were paired together in an Artist Development class. Over the course of the next few weeks we all met each other in different classes, bonded over the love of the same type of music and thought lets get in a rehearsal room together and just see what happens!
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
It sounds a bit cliche but ‘Be Yourself’. You can learn so many invaluable things from the greats of the music world but in the end being yourself is what sets you apart from the rest. You don’t want to be that artist or band that sounds like someone else, you want people to hear your voice, guitar playing, drumming or whatever it may be on radio and know right away that its you.
Whats next for State Lights?
We have been invited to play at MUSEXPO Europe in the 100 Club in London on the 19th of September which we are very excited for. We then return to play a headline gig in the Workmans Club in Dublin on Saturday the 24th, its a great venue that we enjoy playing in so we cannot wait to perform and are aiming to put on a really great show for our new and old fans.