Collegians
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Collegians

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When did you first start making music and what led you there? The band formed about five years ago, though each member had been creating music individually for some time. Recognizing the restrictive nature of working in isolation encouraged the facilitation of a collective.

What do you love about making music? The processes of creating music are cathartic, and these rewards can also be extended, once your music is exposed to an audience, via their feedback and the social nature of sharing art. Whether it’s writing, recording or performing live, there is a tremendous sense of fulfilment in the process.

What is the best thing you’ve learned through being involved in the International Songwriting Competition? That you need to expose your art to and through as many different channels and outlets as possible, including competitions. When operating as an indie act, all forms of exposure become a form of marketing. 

How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? Our sound is the sum of our aesthetics and choices. It’s a default situation in a band that these tastes are invariably mixed and become reconstituted into a final form, an agreed amalgam of several influences, which can be subtle, obvious or unintentional. We use a blend of organic and electronic instrumentation, with a songwriting style that is pop-based but with alt-rock, electronica and new wave tendencies.

Tell us about your single ‘Killer’. What is the story behind it? What inspired it? It’s the classic depiction of a poisonous relationship, which you can’t live in or exist without. Music being so subjective, pulling on the listeners’ individual emotions, allowing them to create their own meaning behind the song is what really drives our songwriting.