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Interview: No Phace Project
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music is in our blood. Most of the artists from our collective come from families of musicians. I dread to think what I would have chosen as a career path. Possibly accountancy? However music is all I know!
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I have been blessed with two daughters who take up a lot of my time outside of music. And when I'm not with my girls I work on my Fitness, martial arts, video editing and poetry. All of which help me see the world in many different ways. Dimensional creativity in a sense.
How long has your band been around?
The No Phace project is a fairly fresh collective. Only a year old! But we are a strong network of hard working artists that are working toward the same dream.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based in York/ Yorkshire of the United Kingdom. We have grown up with some of the best music scenes in the country. Yorkshire is a very musical county.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
We wanted to build a brand that put the music before the image. And we will continue to try and make this a reality as we expand the collective.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
As a collective established during the covid-19 pandemic we haven't had the opportunity to perform live as of yet. However it is on the cards so keep a look out for our future shows!
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
As separate artists and other projects we have performed all across the country at various venues. It seems to be of a popular opinion that the artists involved would rather perform at smaller venues than the alternative. Although open festivals and arenas do sound great too. Who knows what the future holds.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
That's a difficult question. Personally if I had to choose it would definitely be the Rhymesayers collective, Doomtree, cypress hill and Wutang.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
My advice would be to never quit. Like life music has its ups and downs, twists and turns. But that's what makes the adventures so exciting. I'm over 30 years of age now and still working towards my dreams. I'm not going to stop. I've put far to much of my life into this to let it go. Within the industry I've had the pleasure of meeting and networking with some unbelievably talented and amazing people. That's inspiration in its self! Seeing friends and music colleagues achieving great things in their careers.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Patients is the key to success, definitely. Don't try to run before you can walk.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
We have an EP due for release early 2021. Which has touched upon sensitive subjects relative to a lot of life and world issues.
2019-2021 has been the hardest years of my personal life. However has given me a lot of inspiration to keep moving forward with the No Phace project collective. Encoded in the relatable lyrical content of this next release is my struggles, hardship and mental health. The title for the release is "Everything is Nothing" which means to us that... "You could have everything you have ever wanted in the world but it ultimately equates to nothing. Like the air we breath to live to achieve everything we have ever wanted is nothing. We should never take what we have for granted."
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
During the pandemic we have had to create music online (stem & track transfer) from artist to artist. Starting with a songs skeleton and building from there.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
real life struggles relative to the majority. Familiarities within the lyrical content that bring back memories from experiences of hardship with a positive resolve.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
we have yet to have a disagreement as a collective. In the event that we do? I'm a believer in everyone should be able to get their points across. And as a unit. We should meet in the middle for a resolve not a disagreement. Keeping in mind that we all want the same things. We are all fighting for the same dreams.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming
Watch this space! We have an EP due for release early 2021 TBA!!