Band Matinéeis named after Scotland’s very own Franz Ferdinand’s hit song ‘The Dark Of The Matinée’ and struck up a friendship with the band after supporting them in Italy. Italy well and truly embraced the band the support gigs lead to live offers from some major venues around the country, not to mention some huge radio support from national stations at home in Italy.
Matinée were nominated for Best International Act on the Amazing Radio Awards show in 2015 and also played live at the very cool Station Sessions at Kings Cross London, as well as at many other key London venues including Death Disco (Creation Records; Alan McGee’s night), Jubilee (Carl Barat’s night) and the 100 Club.
Describe a pivotal music moment for you in your favourite film, television show, brand partnership etc. Has this influenced any of your own compositions?
Future Islands performing at David Letterman show for the first time. Also, Franz Ferdinand playing at Jools Holland for the first time.
How did you become drawn towards making retro/synthwave music?
We are all kids from the 80s. We grew up listening to Soft Cell, XTC, Japan etc. First, it was from our parents/relatives record collection and afterwards our own personal taste…
What does your current software/hardware setup currently consist of?
We tend to use vintage Synths from the 80/70 the likes of Juno 106 sort of sounds. We only have real synths on stage so no laptops.
Outside of music, what inspires you?
Reading fiction, we are all big on movies as well.
What kind of relationship do you have with the internet? How does this inform your artistic expression?
The web is a great resource if used correctly. Great to have so much knowledge at your fingertips.
As a performer or as a member of the audience, what single show has been the most memorable for you?
We once played a Festival in Milan supporting the band Lumineers and it was sunset, the audience was grand. Good times…
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
Bug Moon, Hot Chip, Twin Atlantic
Please suggest an album for us to listen to.
The Virgins by ‘The Virgins’
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Album out March 27th and a number of Shows in Europe
Famous last words?
Brexit will never happen
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