Behind the Music: Interview with Talkboy

‘At our gigs you’ll see six knuckleheads playing indie rock and gallivanting around the stage!’

Describe your music style in no more than 5 words: Indie rock wholesome cry dance.

Who is in ‘Talkboy’ and what do they do? Katie and Calum on lead vocals, Calum & Tim on guitars, Charlotte on keys, Sarge on bass and Jake on drums.

How did the name ‘Talkboy’ come about? We were throwing around some suggestions and got into naming stuff from the 90’s that we remembered from being kids. I (Katie) had a Talkboy and used to make my own radio shows on it. It was sick. We all agreed we liked the name so went with that!

Where is your go-to place for writing new tracks? Blueberry Hill rehearsal studios in Leeds. One of us brings in an idea or a demo and there we all get together and arrange it.

What does a ‘Talkboy’ recording session look like? Lots of coffee. Lots. We’ve recorded our last few singles with Mickey Dale (Glass Mountain/Embrace) so we all pile into his home studio and do as much as we can before we all crash from the caffeine.

Being a group of six, how does this affect the song writing process? It has pros and cons as it would with anyone. It’s great as there are so many influences floating around. Everyone’s tastes contribute towards our sound and there’s a huge variance within the band. This can sometimes make it tricky to agree, but we’re pretty good with trying out everyone’s ideas before we make a decision.

‘Being in the studio is great. It gives us a chance to be really creative.’

What do you listen to when you’re not writing, recording or performing and does this influence your sound? We all listen to such a range of artists. In terms of new bands, the ones that come on the most in the van are The Howl & The Hum, Mini Mansions and The Big Moon. But we are also all big fans of David Bowie, The Beatles and, of course, ABBA.

What has been your most memorable performance to date? I would have to say Bluedot Festival this year. It’s the first time we had played there and it was unbelievable. The stage, the audience, the sound – so so good. Everyone there was so lovely.

Do you prefer performing live or recording in a studio? That’s a difficult one. For me, I prefer performing. I’ve always loved performing and there’s nothing better than playing to a room of people who are there to see your band. Being in the studio is great too though – it gives us a chance to be really creative.

What can people expect from your The September Session performance at O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 11th September? Six knuckleheads gallivanting around on stage, playing indie rock and bringing you some multi-layered harmony realness. We’ll be playing the entirety of our upcoming EP which is due for release on 15th November 2019. The gig is run by Academy Events and tickets are available from Ticketmaster here. 

What has been the biggest learning curve in the band’s music career so far? Where to eat when we’re out. Pleasing six people isn’t easy.

And finally… If you had a musical magic wand, what would you want to happen with Talkboy by the end of 2019? Tour with Radiohead. Release a Christmas duet with Elton John that would reach Number 1. Headline Glastonbury. I realise that’s impossible to do before the end of 2019, but hey, magic wand, anything is possible.

Thanks Talkboy for chatting with Listen to Discover

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Find out more about Talkboy on: Track Review: Talkboy: All Works Out

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