Summer City – Interview

Tuesday 6th November 2012

Line Up:

Kit Parker
Benji Adams
Ben Reynard
Alex Gath-Walker

Ever since stumbling upon your music through Spotify I’ve been itching to find out more about you, and I was surprised to read that you’re unsigned. Tell me a bit more about the band and where you feel you’re heading at the moment?

We are a 4 piece rock/dance band from the sunny county of North Yorkshire. We’ve been together for about 5 years and things are just starting to happen for us. We released our debut single ‘We Were On A Break’ a few months back and the track was recently playlisted on to BBC Radio 1.

Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 said that your single We Were On A Break was “one of his favourite songs of all time”. Hearing that from one of your idols must have been amazing; were you lucky enough to meet him when he said this to you?

Yeah, we met Mark down in London and he loved the track. It was mind blowing to hear him say that about our song. He also was kind enough to invite us backstage on Blinks Sheffield arena date. It was insane!

Your track We Were On A Break was picked out for the BBC’s Introducing and has been played by 5 different Radio 1 presenters. Is this the first time you’ve had a track played out on air?

Radio 1 has been amazing. It was our first national radio play ever which isn’t bad. We have also had local radio play and it’s thanks to Jenny Eels at BBC York that Radio 1 came across the track in the first place. We love you Jen!

How did you come up with the name Summer City for the band, and were there any other contenders?

Summer City is actually our third name. The 2 previous ones were pretty shocking but being young teens at the time they seemed like great ideas. Summer City came from when we first became a band in the city of York back in the summer of ’08.

Being an up-and-coming band that is self-managed must have its tough days. Have you suffered any set backs, and how did you over come them?

It’s hard being a self managed band, especially being young you tend to get shrugged off a lot. But now we get taken a bit more seriously just because our live show has become a lot better and obviously the Radio 1 airtime helps. We are currently in talks with some pretty awesome managers as well so we can’t wait to see what happens.

How much touring/gigs have you guys done, and how responsive are the crowds to your music? You seem to have quite a good following on the social networks.

We are hoping to get pretty active on the touring circuit soon. At the minute we have just been playing local shows and have had some really crazy gigs with some amazing fans showing up! We have just confirmed to support Me vs Hero at Fibbers in York, but we are starting to branch out a bit more with shows booked in London and Newcastle. There are also talks of a European Tour next year, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

How do you work together in the music making process. Is there a collaboration when writing songs, or do you all have you separate strengths that you bring to the table?

Benji tends to come up with the skeleton of the songs then the rest of us add in ideas to flesh them out. We then demo the songs with our own equipment, and this is where the fine tuning can begin to hopefully whip up a song that will be a hit. It’s a really great way of producing songs because we all have an input into the final product and it’s in a format that is easy to manipulate. Ben is kind of a whizz kid when it comes to mixing so he takes point once we’ve demoed the song.

Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff. When can we get excited for an EP or an album?

The plan so far is to release a few singles to be closely followed by an album late next year. The material is ready to go, it’s just a case of getting in the studio. Our next single is due out in the next couple of months, keep a close eye on what’s going down on facebook.