HIDDEN CHARMS

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Next up in our interview section are London rockers Hidden Charms whose single ‘Sunny Side’ we featured on the site back in February last year. We caught up with frontman Vincent Davies to find out what they’ve been up to over the last 18 months and discuss their plans for the rest of 2016…

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

Our sound is an ever changing thing, you might say it’s like an old homeless man that’s wearing a brand new suit. People wonder where he got the suit from but really it’s an old suit he’s had for years that he’s just had cleaned.

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

We’ve been touring furiously as we probably were last time we met and have done since we started! Very recently however, we’ve stopped playing as much and have put more time into the behind the scenes stuff.

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

Well for me personally, I’ve been playing since I was 8 years old and have been writing songs about as long but the songs were so bad you really can’t call them songs…it’s more like fumbling around in the dark at that age.

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

I definitely prefer playing live because it’s just the band and the crowd enjoying themselves (if it’s a good gig). It’s actually one of the only times in an artist’s life when you cut out all the unnecessary stuff and just get down to what is really essential, an artist giving the people what they want and the crowd giving it back to the artist in support. It’s the last sacred part of music that the big scary industry men haven’t claimed (they definitely have claimed that too).

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

The biggest challenge in the music industry is you and the industry itself, you have to remember the industry aren’t in it for you so don’t get in your own way too because they’re already in your way, don’t help them by doubting yourself and becoming “edited” by them. Of course there are some beauty’s in the industry too you know who you are! DELTASONIC.

6. What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

There have been many exciting things like playing the Apollo or Moscow but my biggest musical achievement to date was our residency at KOKO just because it was every week and the others were just one off’s!

7. When can we catch you playing live next?

Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival, Boardmasters, Field View etc, just festivals until we go on tour in the autumn.

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

We’ll have a new EP to go with a tour in October.

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

I touched on it earlier, don’t get in your own way because there are so many others already standing there! Don’t help them, they are the enemy. Believe in yourself and turn it up because more times than not these people have no idea what they’re talking about! It’s your life and your obsession with music, you have the knowledge not them.

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

We’re pretty good with our social media response speed! So find us on Twitter or Facebook. Or you can find us in any number of pubs up and down the country and just throw small bits of litter at us.

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

To be proud of myself, I’m still waiting!
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