BIMM Brighton Music Journalism student Emma Sherar was recently in attendance at the alternative music mecca that is Bad Pond festival. There, she spoke with CLT DRP, one of the most exiting live trios to come out of BIMM Brighton in recent years. Read on for the full interview.
CLT DRP launched onto the scene in Brighton four years ago, bringing an electric blend of gritty guitar and angsty vocals. Sitting down to chat before their set at Bad Pond Festival, the band talked about their experimental writing process, the cost of putting out music and their excitement for their upcoming release.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Scott: This is always such a difficult question to answer. I guess we’d say industrial dance.
Daphne: I don’t know; I guess we’ve been using the words electro-punk for quite a while.
Scott: Think early Prodigy.
You guys are based in Brighton. How do you enjoy the Brighton music scene?
Annie: It’s Great. There’s such a nice community.
Daphne: It’s Amazing. It’s really supportive.
Annie: We’ve probably played most of the venues within the city, but not The Haunt. We’d love to play The Haunt sometime.
So you’ve recently announced ‘Speak To My’ coming in May. How have you been preparing for that launch?
Daphne: I don’t really think we have, have we?
Annie: No, you know what, we’re really happy with the recordings we just did. We’ve promoted it a little bit but we’re just happy to get out there and see what happens.
Scott: We kind of put all our energy and effort into the recording, and we’re really happy, but in terms of funds (like to get videos made and whatever) we’re always paying out to get things done. So, I think this one’s just going to be nice to release to the small amount of people that know about our band, it will just be really cool for them to have something new to listen to.
Annie: We just can’t wait to see it out. It’s going to be a good one.
What is the writing process like for you?
Scott: Annie just comes up with it all. She’ll come in humming a tune and then I just basically try to mimic it.
Daphne: It’s just more like a jam. We just all get together and then he (Scott) might start playing a riff and I’ll be like ‘that sounds cool’, and then Annie just comes in and does her thing.
Annie: It kind of just works because of the chemistry we have between us. When you’re having fun, it just comes from the vibe.
Does experimenting that much make it difficult to decide what songs to release?
Daphne: Yeah, we have so many options, its like I’ll like one but then I’ll like another one too. It’s trying to work out what works.
Annie: It’s like when playing a set as well, you have to question which ones you want to take out. It’s nice though, just to have songs to throw out there. You have to choose the hits.
You’ve performed in a number of places. Where’s your favourite place to perform?
Scott: I’m going to be a bit biased on this one because I’m from Southampton, so it’s The Joiners. For me it’s always a really special one just going back there. It was the venue I grew up with, so to be able to play there is amazing and for a grassroots venue the sound in there is amazing.
Annie: But Bristol’s also amazing, pretty much everywhere is really cool.
Daphne: We’d love to go to Leeds, we haven’t performed there yet.
So what can we expect from you guys in the near future?
Daphne: I don’t know!
Annie: Just new music, more new music, more merch’. We just want to gig more, throughout the country.
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