The one thing we like about being in the music business is how you unexpectedly come across new music and new bands. While we were busy finding out information on another band, we were told about FAIRCHILD. Naturally we checked them out and liked what we heard.
FAIRCHILD is an Australian band, who have taken up residence in Manchester. This hard working band have already released their debut EP, Burning Feet, in April 2014, on their own record label CANVAS SOUNDS. They quickly followed up with another EP, Sadako, that November. They are now working on their latest EP, Breathless, which is due sometime early this year.
FAIRCHILD’S music is breezy and laid back, it’s music to listen to with the top down on your car and the wind blowing in your hair or to sway along with under the stars. We had a little chat with the band, so you could also get to know them:
Tell us the brief history of your band?
The band officially formed in 2013 after spending many years prior to this playing live, experimenting with sounds and line-up changes under several different banners. We relocated to the UK last year after releasing two EP’s and doing quite a bit touring outside of Australia through Asia & North America.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Having six members in the band with varying tastes in music, it’s difficult to determine what has an influence and what doesn’t on the overall outcome. We feel non-musical influences generally play a larger role in what comes out rather than idolising a particular band or artist. You’re instinctively influenced by what you’ve done before and try to better it next time. We’ve worked hard on utilising the individual skills of each member and what it is that makes us sound ‘natural’ when we play together. With the last three songs we’ve released, it’s evident that we haven’t focused on a particular genre. We wanted to try something different and make the focus more about groove and movement. Give people a reason to move their hips whether it’s unashamedly sexy or just completely out of time! During the last writing period, we re-discovered our love for the 1980s, which was aligned with our initial objective. But if we are to name a few bands that we all enjoy – INXS, Foals, Queen and Thrice do come to mind.
Describe your shows, visually and musically?
Our live show has changed quite a bit over the years as we continue to develop it and feel more comfortable on stage. We’ve been playing a lot of new material in the set recently and it’s always nice to see how the crowd reacts. Where we are at currently as a band, we play to rooms of people that aren’t always there to see us specifically so it’s our job to make it something that they’ll remember. Overall the aim is to make the show as energetic as possible, convince the audience you’re enjoying yourself whilst encouraging people to do the same and obviously dance along! Musically there are elements of rock, synth-pop, funk & soul, which clearly doesn’t make any sense. You’ll just have to see for yourself.
What do you think about downloading music online?
There are endless pros and cons to how the Internet has changed the music industry. The sad reality is that you know that someone can (but not always will) download your music for nothing. As a band, you can’t put into words the tireless hours, money and sacrifice involved to create a 4min song that is then reduced to just a 4mb downloadable mp3. With that being said, you never expect that mp3 file to end up in all the corners of the globe. We regularly have people get in contact with us from places you didn’t even know existed, telling us how much they love your music. That’s a pretty cool feeling. The Internet has become a platform for audiences to discover new bands. So if that said person then becomes a fan and buys a ticket to your show and/or ends up purchasing your next release; we’d say that’s a win.
Do you think that online presence is important for people to find your band or communicate with you?
Of course, the Internet has made the market extremely competitive. Catalysed by the accessibility and ease of recording equipment; literally anyone can start a project, put it online and be discovered without even playing a live show or getting a spin on the radio. Whether you like it or not, the Internet is the number one source of information and communication so it’s requirement to engage also increases. Social media have allowed fans to communicate directly with artists. You can literally tweet to someone and the expectation is that you’ll get some sort of response. We’re not going to say that this doesn’t have its downfalls but like everything you take the good with the bad. You can’t be precious with what everyone has to say. Maybe we should all go back to writing letters to each other?
What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
With greater accessibility comes smaller margin for success as the market becomes more saturated. If we are talking record sales alone, it’s virtually impossible to successfully market a band that will go on to sell enough records to recoup costs and live a happy lifestyle. But just because there is access to such opportunities doesn’t mean you necessarily deserve it. The industry is constantly changing, with the popularity of streaming services and online platforms it makes it a very interesting place. There are opportunities to think outside the box that didn’t exist before. There is no doubt that record labels (both major and indie) still play a major role in how music is consumed but what is more fascinating, is what they are choosing to release. You never know what’s around the corner.
What inspires your band?
After playing a large number of shows around our home area early on, we got the opportunity to tour Japan. This really opened our eyes to what it could be like to be able to travel, perform to new audiences and experience different cultures all at the same time. We were at very different stages of our life back then so this was a turning point for us to make the decision of giving this music thing a real go. The unknown is a powerful force and I think we are driven by the idea that “you don’t want to die wondering”. We spend a lot of time together as a group, perhaps too much at times! But with that, the idea of experiencing new things together and continuing to write new music is what has inspired us to keep going as a band.
Music is subjective, how does it affect you all personally?
Firstly, if you want to keep that thrill you get when listening to a song for the first time that you instantly fall in love with… don’t start playing in a band. There is a definite level of deconstruction that develops after creating your own music for long enough. You start listening to elements rather than listening to a track as a whole. But you also start giving particular aspects meaning when they might not necessarily be obvious. As you know, there are six of us – we are like a traveling circus at times so having different personalities is what makes this thing work. Sharing opinions and discussing music is one of the few perks! So before you even start or join a band, it’s very important that you can get along as friends first and if you’re on the same page musically – your well on your way!
Any guilty pleasure bands/artists?
As a general rule, we apply a #nojudgement policy to all musical tastes in our group. But after a few too many lemonades, this really kicks into gear! We all don’t mind a trip down memory lane to our primary school days and singing along to anthems from the likes of Savage Garden and Blink 182. But we aren’t afraid to admit that we regularly engage in bedroom dancing after dark with the latest offerings from Taylor Swift & Justin Bieber.
What advice would you give to fellow bands?
Surround yourselves with people who you can trust and respect their opinion. It’s a jungle out there!
Adam Lyons, vocals
Nathan Lyons, Keyboards
Tim Voeten, Guitar
Patrick Huerto, Guitar
Tommy Davies, Bass
James Alexander, Drums