Meet this new indie band based in London, Secret Camera’s, having recently released their debut EP on March 17th, produced by Fraser Smith (ex Shed Seven) and mixed by Dave Bascombe (Produced/Mixed Depeche Mode, Suede, Goldfrapp, Placebo, Courteeners). We had a chat with the band and got to know them a bit more, you’re welcome.
How did you first get into music?
I found an Elvis cassette lying around my parents’ house. Then my cousin introduced me to Depeche Mode and Suede and I started taking guitar lessons.
What was it like when you first got into writing and performing your music?
It was exciting but also intimidating. I personally get really nervous before going onstage. I don’t know why really. I think I’m dealing with it better nowadays though.
Are there any artists which have influenced your attitudes to writing, performing and listening to music?
Sure, I’d say Depeche Mode, Radiohead, The National, Muse, The Smiths, The Cure to name a few.
What would you say is the overall theme of the EP?
The EP is basically a peak into my life and things that I’ve gone through / seen people around me go through in the past couple of years.
The EP was mixed by Dave Bascombe, how was working with him? Do you feel that he’s helped to develop your sound a lot more?
Dave was a pleasure to work with. Very professional and really motivated in getting the best mix possible. What Dave did very well was taking the raw stuff recorded and putting it together as one piece, which is what a mixing guy should be doing.
Who are your biggest influences outside of music?
Outside music I’d say my biggest influences are my daughter, my wife, my strange family and just things that I see happening around me. I would also say that I love mixing guitars with electronics and experimenting with different sounds. I sometimes have the silliest ideas but I always try them out just in case. On a new track I recently recorded myself making some sounds with my daughter’s balloon (hitting it on my “producer” chair). After putting plenty of effects on it, it sounds really cool and fits well as a background noise.
What is the process of creating your music like?
Usually I’d write something on the guitar/synth, start recording and layering it with all sorts of synth sounds, then invite Kristian the guitarist over and he’d record guitars and help me shape the track a bit. After we do that and I finish the structure, we take it to rehearsal to finish it there with Dimitris and Sam (drummer and bassist).
If your music could soundtrack a film, which one would it be and why?
The Fifth Element. It has darkness, light, drama and is both retro and futuristic.
What can we expect from you next?
Our self-titled debut EP was released on March 17th. For now, we have Camden Rocks (London) on June 3rd and Sonderfest (Manchester) on July 2nd lined up. Somewhere in between, we’re going to record new material so you can expect a couple of singles released later this year and another EP/Album early next year.