Gallery Circus

We featured the highly acclaimed Newcastle rock duo Gallery Circus on The Tipping Point way back in January 2014 and the twins have been on something of a roll ever since. We caught up with frontman Daniel Ross to discuss what they’ve got planned for the coming months…

1. Firstly, for those who are unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe your sound?

We try to be the musical equivalent of a category 5 hurricane – unpredictable, untamed and raw, but with a spot of calm in the middle.

2. We featured you on The Tipping Point a while back, what have you been up to since?

We’ve put our second single out: Hollywood Drip and rocked out an a whole bunch of UK tours, and even a European one. We’ve also supported Kill it Kid, Little Comets, King Charles, Arcane Roots and Hanni El Khatib in the past 6 months.

3. In terms of your career so far, how long have you been writing and performing as an artist?

Graeme and I have always written and performed together since we were 7 years old. Gallery Circus has always existed in some form, we’ve played and written as a duo all our lives – but just involved different musicians over the years. I think we finally realised we work best just the two of us (it’s a twin thing) – so since we first relocated to the states in 2010, the plan has been to keep it simple and in the family!

4. Would you say you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?

I love tracking our ideas onto tape, but the whole process at our level is generally quite stressful. We don’t have dollar to just mess around and feel free in the studio as we would hope! Playing live has always kept Graeme and I pushing the band – we thrive off it and try to give it our all at every gig. You never know which show might be your last! Personally, I love sitting in my bedroom crafting song ideas. Nothing beats the feeling of trying to grab a melody out of the air.

5. What is the most difficult challenge for you in the music industry?

The music industry isn’t a pretty place. It’s incredibly fickle, unstructured and unsure how it will adapt to the new age. For DIY bands like ourselves, trying to survive in a band is a delicate balance between managing day jobs, maintaining momentum and working out plans to finance the whole thing. I think any band trying to make it work will have to accept a lifestyle of scrimping, saving and giving up the finer things in life.

6. What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

Playing the festival circuit last year was amazing; “Hello Glastonbury” isn’t something you get to say everyday. In March we toured Europe with Hanni El Khatib which was awesome too. We suffered long drives in a people carrier with no breaks, but were treated very well by the venues, which were huge!

7. When can we catch you playing live next?

Expect us to be out and about very soon!

8. Will you be appearing on the festival circuit this summer?

We’re playing a few festivals over the summer, including Forgotten Fields.

9. Do you have any new material due for release soon?

We plan to officially release a few singles towards the end of the summer, but will be throwing some new tunes around the internet very soon, so keep an eye out.

10. Do you have any industry related advice for emerging artists?

Most of the game is luck and unfortunately there isn’t a proven formulae to making a band successful. There are things you can do to ensure you can make the right decisions as a band, such as taking as many opportunities as you can – network well and make the most of social media. Every band should try and cover as many corners of the web, as painful and tedious as it is!

11. What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you/keep up to date with the latest goings on?

Just drop us a message on Facebook / Twitter / Email / Instagram. We always keep these platforms updated with what’s going on, so no need to look too far.

12. What is your one major ambition for your career in music?

Graeme and I just want to keep making and playing music. The infamous record deal myth doesn’t really exist for most of us any more – so we just need to keep finding ways of making music, having fun and still paying the rent without killing ourselves.

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