Next up in our interview section are Brighton rockers Thyla whose latest track ‘Car Crash’ we tipped on the site a few months ago. With an exciting second half of 2016 ahead of them, we caught up with lead singer Millie Duthie to find out what’s in store for us…  

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

We say angular guitar pop on our social media, we’re not overly analytical about pigeonholing our sound though, it’s not a discussion that happens often. In simple terms, we’re an amalgamation of our favourite bands.

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

Fired and hired a new guitarist, not born out of any animosity, life got in the way and tough decisions had to be made. We’ve been writing a new wave of material and doing the odd gig down south. We’ve all been finishing our degrees so the band has been in the back seat: expect Thyla mark 2 now however.

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

Thyla formed in December 2014, each individual in the band has been in other Brighton projects before that though – far too longwinded and dull to detail!

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

The two sides have very different personalities. Creating a record requires patience, careful design and solitude. As a group it’s introspective and analytical, a chance to put something across as near enough as you want it to sound. Live gigs are about energy and participation, we believe when people come to see live music they want unique articles and the raw human embodiment of the music, warts n all; not preordained backing tracks and cold MIDI sounds and triggers so you create a perfect replica, otherwise I’d rather listen to the record. You have to push the live show to be different every time so people feel they witnessed something special.

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

Financing – there’s less money to play around with then there was in the industry say, twenty years ago and it’s a dog eat dog environment. We think that there should be more put into the development of artists from big businesses, it’s their responsibility to give back, it’s actually more beneficial for them in the long run and we feel particularly at this time bands are back on the rise again. This is pretty much systemic of the the loss of the sales of music however, so in summary: The hardest thing for us is the fact music is still seen as a free commodity.

6.What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

Learning our instruments! No. Seriously? We’ve really not done all that much so far, we’ve played some really great gigs but still tiny little shows in the grand scheme of things. We recently got on Huw Stephens show but as my musical peers keep reminding me, it’s not all that much of a big deal!

7/8. When can we catch you playing live next? 

YNot festival and Truck Festival

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

No unfortunately, but we have new material and we want to go in and record very soon

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

If we did, we’d ought to be giving it to ourselves.

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

Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Email that sort of thing.

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

For our day job to be the task of writing, recording and performing original music that excites and inspires.

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