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Indigo Earth up close
Indigo Earth are an Alt-Folk five piece based in London. Fiercely high-energy as a full band act with the added bonus of having a beautifully harmonic acoustic set, Indigo Earth have inspired audiences with their anthemic melodies and close harmonies at venues across the UK. Following a very successful year which saw them play alongside artists including Ben Howard, Marcus Foster, Ed Sheeran, Tinashe, Dog Is Dead and We Were Evergreen and release their debut self-titled EP, Indigo Earth are quickly becoming regarded as one of the most exciting new bands on the London scene. "Absolutely stunning… Displaying the kind of quality that could see them play not just on this station but on a whole range of radio stations across the UK. The past 12 months have culminated in a brilliant 5 track EP which I urge you to check out.” Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio. "A stunner of an EP, rich with beautiful harmonies and instrumentals." Thank Folk For That "A stirring, heartfelt band." Songs From A Room (Sofar)
Q. How did you first get into playing music?
All five of us have been playing music forever - it's something that's always been a part of our lives in some way. We've all played in different bands prior to meeting each other, but writing and playing in Indigo Earth is something we're all really passionate about.
Q. How long have you been performing?
As I said, we've all been performing for years but we played our first live show with Indigo Earth in April 2010.
Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
Uplifting, energetic contemporary folk with lots of harmonies.
Q. What makes your music unique?
Although our music does fall under the 'Folk' bracket to a certain extent, our varied musical tastes have brought together various genres to make something we all feel is new and exciting. A key element of our sound is our use of harmonies - every member of the band sings, which adds a real unity when we perform live.
Q. What inspires you to write songs?
Emotions, events, people, surroundings.. Everything and anything!
Q. What have been your best and worst gig experiences?
Ha! One of our best experiences has to be playing the IndigO2 last year, or our EP launch in December. Both those shows were amazing and huge stepping stones for us as a band. Our worst gig experience was probably one of our earliest gigs when we had to play in a pub full of England fans who really didn't appreciate us playing music over the game..
Q. If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
It's got to be Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes. Incredible album and a huge inspiration to us.
Q. What do you get up to when you’re not making music?
Up until recently, we've all been studying Commercial Music degrees at Westminster University, performing lots, writing dissertations, that sort of thing. But we've just graduated so now we're writing and gigging as much as physically possible whilst trying to earn enough to pay rent!
Q. What are your goals at the moment?
Our short term goals are to basically continue what we're doing: gigging all the time in as many different places as possible, writing new material, essentially just getting our music out there as much as we can.
Q. What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or gigs lined up?
We've been writing lots of new songs lately which we're really happy with - we'll be going into the studio this summer to record the new material ready for our next release; possibly an EP, a single, or both. In terms of gigs, we've begun our summer of festivals, which is proving to be very exciting and a lot of fun. We're off to the mighty Hop Farm next weekend!
Q. What do you think of Unsigned Band Review?
Love it! Hadn't heard of it before but will definitely be checking it out in the future.
Q. What is the name of the last track that you wrote and what is it about?
Our newest addition to the set is a song called Rose. It's an uplifting track with a very summery feel, which has been going down really well at festivals so far.
Q. What was the music scene like where you grew up?
Ben and I grew up in Somerset where the music scene was pretty bare, though there were a couple of great bands who are still going now. London is definitely a better place for a band to be!
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