Out earlier this month, the above tracks make up a split 7” single released by independent artists CS Buchan and IndianRedLopez. And that’s not the only thing they’ve collaborated on: Here, in their own words, are CS Buchan and Mike Chan (IndianRedLopez). Enjoy.
Artist name: CS Buchan/IndianRedLopez
Release name: (‘Leave it all Behind’/’Any Given City’ – Split 7” single)
Release date: 16/06/2014
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
(CS) The only music that existed in my household as a child was an Abba compilation, Oxygen by Jean Michele Jarre and a sprinkling of Rod Stewart. Not the best start and certainly not enough to spark an interest. My first musical obsession was Metallica at around 14, which led to me picking up a guitar and getting into the darker depths of thrash and death metal! There was only myself and one other guy my age in Fraserburgh, where I grew up that was into the same music. I quite enjoyed being an outsider and still listen to some death metal.
(MC) To mirror what Charley has said, there wasn’t tooo much variation in my house record wise, but I remember some Wings 7”, a Commodores record and a Chesney Hawke 7” (which I still have) playing in the living room; probably at my request. Love that song. If I’m honest, I’ve always been into some form of pop music. I used to know every word from “Born To Do It” by Craig David. Then I learnt to play guitar, and ‘About A Girl’ was the first things Iearnt to play.
What are your main ambitions in the industry?
(CS) Honestly, I would love to be able to do this full-time, I’m sure that is an ambition I share with most serious musicians but I am painfully aware of the immense difficulty in making a living from music. I do it because I love it and for no other purpose.
(MC) It would be good to do this full time, but alas we are all aware of the realities of doing this. I’m just happy to stretch those creative muscles.
When did you start writing your own songs/music?
(CS) I was a bit of a late bloomer and was always content just to play in other people’s bands. Although I had dabbled in bits of writing in other bands, I suppose it was around 3 years ago before I made any serious attempt at writing my own material for myself.
(MC) I’d come into writing lyrics quite late. It was never something I thought I could do well, so I focused on writing music. The band has always been a collaborative process and we have always been candid with our words, reinterpreting them throughout.
What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
(CS) I guess nothing beats recently getting signed to U.S. label Minty Fresh Records. A close second would be unexpectedly getting the opportunity to play a morning gig in the offices of a hard-core porn website in the centre of Amsterdam on a recent tour and being paid for it in cakes…regular cakes.
(MC) I can’t beat that, so I’d say our new record being released in Europe and doing our first television session in Rotterdam are definitely up there. We’ve had the opportunity to play with so many bands we admire, the likes of Fenech-Soler, The Twilight Sad, Remember Remember, The Phantom Band so it all counts.
Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
I can honestly say that the music I love doesn’t especially come out in the way I write. I love Ivor Cutler and I love Sepultura but you won’t hear any of that in there. There are occasional folk flourishes that surface I suppose and I do listen to the likes of Nic Jones, Kris Drever and Lau. I have think I have begun writing more pop oriented songs recently since my daughter Katie started performing and recording with me.
(MC) We’ve had a few odd comparisons to date, but I think what we do is inherently us. We’ve all got our own weird flavourings in our record collection so I suppose the likes of Mew, LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, Phoenix, Silver Apples, Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morrocone are all apparent, although, one paper compared us to Linkin Park. For the record, I have NEVER listened to a Linkin Park album.
What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
(CS) This was the first of my songs that Katie has sung on and isn’t she bloody good on it? I wrote whilst I was a secondary teacher and desperate to leave the profession.
(MC) That young Katie is indeed the lynchpin to this release. The song’s narrative needed another voice, so when I came up with the idea for Katie to sing on it, it just clicked. What a talent she is!
Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
(CS) Best local band that comes to mind is Darth Elvis. The songs of Elvis performed by Star Wars characters…seriously! I may be biased but some of the guys in my band play in The Little Kicks, IndianRedLopez and Kitchen Cynics, all worth checking out.
(MC) All of the above. I also moonlight in a band called Miss Lucid; punk rock with arms and legs that stretch into Mansun, Manic Street Preachers and Cooper Temple Clause territory. Those songs are great fun to play.
Any gigs coming up?
(CS) Lying low at the moment as we are not long of the back of a Dutch tour and currently trying to put together a tour in the USA, this is proving to be pretty bloody hard!
(MC) A few shows yes. We’re playing the Brewdog punk AGM (June 21st) alongside oure pals in the Xcerts, Idewild, The Little Kicks and We Were Promised Jetpacks, as well as doing a live streamed online music show called ‘Live At Captain Toms’ (June 28th). I am involved in the design/pre-production side of things so check that out on www.kpx.tv. There will be an accompanying showcase gig at Aberdeens Lemon Tree that evening. Tickets available from here: http://t.co/BJdjDbitME
Where can we find/follow you online?
(CS) Check out www.csbuchan.com as well as the CS Buchan page on Facebook. You can also get details on releases through the Fitlike Records Facebook page.
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