Strangers are a dark, electro pop three-piece from London. They have just released their newest single, Sense of Liberty, on 1st July, as part of their plan to release a new song every month up to Christmas and all up for free download. You can’t beat it, good music for free. It’s a no brainer. With their biggest headline show to date at London’s Koko on 16th August fast approaching, it’s a very exciting time in the Strangers camp right now.
I caught up with the band’s frontman, David Maddox-Jones to discuss what’s next for them and who they’d love to collaborate with, among other things, read on to hear what he said.
Hi David. Firstly, I’d like to say thanks for this interview. Can you introduce yourself and what role you play in the band?
Hi I’m David and I am the main songwriter and lead singer of the band.
How did the band come to fruition? How did you all meet?
The band was started from the ashes of a previous project Raife and I were in. We wanted to create a dark pop project that was based around great songwriting and a strong visual aspect. Strangers was born from this idea, and Piers joined shortly after through a mutual friend. Myself and Raife are from Northampton and Piers is a London boy.
Describe Strangers in three words or less.
EPIC SYNTH POP
You recently released your newest single, Sense of Liberty, for free download. How has the response to that been?
Really good. We are actually releasing a song a month as a free download at the moment, so as soon as we have released one we have to finish the next one. We have got the new one ‘No Longer Lost’ ready and this week we are shooting a video for it.
Can we be expecting a debut album soon?
We are doing things the modern way 😉 albums seem quite a dated concept to us, we’d rather build our fanbase by giving away all of our music at the moment. We will never rule an album out, but for now we aren’t planning it.
Talking about your music. Which song of yours, are you the most proud of writing?
Tough one, really tough. I can’t give an answer actually, we are proud of all of our songs, well all the ones you’ve heard anyway ;). If we write a duff one it stays on the computer.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would that be and why?
Definitely a massive pop artist. Probably Rihanna, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z someone huge!
Any new artists that have caught you attention recently that you’d like to share with us?
I’m been working with an amazing female vocalist called Charli Rouse. You’ll been hearing some music from her soon!
Do you have any tips for new bands starting out, any advice that you could give them?
Write brilliant songs, have a strong image for the band and work really hard.
Your live performances are epic. What are your favourite songs to perform live?
Safe/Pain is epic, when it drops to the first chorus and then again at the breakdown!
I completely agree with you there, Safe/Pain is one of my absolute favourite songs of yours. Is there a difference to playing a hometown show to playing a show elsewhere, say in Manchester, for example?
When you play a hometown gig you have your mates heckling you at the front, which is always fun 😉 when you play somewhere else a lot of people will be seeing you for the first time so it’s all about winning the crowd over.
And for my last question, it has to be asked, twitter or facebook?
Mmmm twitter is fun but I still prefer Facebook I think.
A special thanks to Strangers for the interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.