When you paid attention to the London music scene or NME, you probably stumbled upon Blushes, a 4 piece indie-RnB band from Aylesbury. Formed in 2016 and now on the rise to the top. We were able to ask the band some questions and please don’t hold back and read them now:
Hi Guys, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. Before we start, the most important question is; How are you today?
Hello! We’ve never been better!
You are from Aylesbury, a town in central England which is mostly known for its former infamous nightclub “Friars’Club”. Do you guys remember the first memory that is connected to music and would you say Aylesbury has an influence on the music you make?
Jacob: My first music memoryyyy was when I was 3, my dad set up his huge 70’s prog rock kit up in THE GARDEN, all the trimmings, and let me bash it about, without a care as to what the neighbours thought.
Sonny: Mine would be as a kid dancing around the lounge with my sister jumping off every surface possible listening to my dads old Ska records, Bad Manners Fatty Fatty is the song of my childhood
Tiffany: When I was front of choir at Sunday club in church, I was about 5
Bradley: Mine would be when I was about 5 or 6 at school in music lessons with Mrs Walker and she taught us how to play Frère Jacques on the recorder, I still have that recorder at home to this day.
As for Aylesbury as a place we wouldn’t say it has brought much inspiration to us, if anything the lack of inspiration forces creativity, or maybe it has inspired us and we just don’t know it yet.
Did you guys all meet in Aylesbury and how did the band start?
Brad, Tiff & Cob are all old school friends from Aylesbury, Brad had a lot of solo acoustic tracks hidden up his sleeves that were in need of a full band makeover, so with help from Cob, Tiff & her friend George we worked on fleshing out Brads tracks. A few months later at our first ever gig in Milton Keynes we met Sonny who was playing with us in his previous band RAWSET, instantly we got on & stayed in contact, soon after George had to sadly depart & Sonny naturally filled the empty space as our lead guitarist, the rest is history..
You released your EP “Private Viewing” in April 2017, followed by a notable number of gigs and being played on Radio 1 and mentioned in NME. How does it feel and do you feel any pressure coming along with your growing success?
It’s been incredible! We’re all absolutely overwhelmed with the reception we’ve had, I guess there will always be that pressure to push our creativity & improve as each song goes by, we have a lot of confidence in what we do & work extremely hard at what we do so in a way it feels very natural, this is our lives so to see our hard work paying off the the most amazing feeling.
As you write your own songs like “To The Bone” or “Skin”, are they all based on personal experiences and stories or where do you find your inspirations?
To The Bone and Skin are both tracks written by Brad, and I guess lyrically these songs and many others have the recurring theme of love. To The Bone is genuinely quite a negative track however upbeat it sounds it captures that bitter side of love when you arnt quite how you used to be, whereas Skin on the other hand is about embracing love & is lyrically very uplifting. Overall, I’d say that the themes of most of our tracks are imagined to an extent, they are concepts and scenes that we come up with and think how we’d feel, or what we’d do in those situations.
The mission of our website is bringing people together with the power of music and letting them share a story to a song that is connected to something special in their life as a song that helped someone might be able to help someone else too. Is there a specific song that helped you guys and would you mind sharing the story?
Sonny: Straight away the song for me that comes to mind is ‘How to Disappear Completely’ by Radiohead, this song is the first song I ever remember hearing that totally hit me. As someone that suffers from anxiety I can completely relate to every word, the song for me perfectly encapsulates that feeling of constant paranoia & shyness in which I get day in day out in a beautiful way. Bands such as Radiohead & the Smiths taught me to embrace anxiety & shyness in which definitely influenced the way I write music today.
Jacob: Dreamhouse by Deafhaven as I was struggling to show my emotions, I saw them live and instantly connected with the song it was a vessel for dealing with pain and depression
Tiffany: Miley Cyrus- giving you up. It spurred me on to finally end a very toxic relationship that caused a lot of hurt and pain to me, my family and friends, when I was at such an important age.
Bradley: I guess Lewis Watson – Bones was one of the first songs I understood and really inspired me to start writing music, it’s mainly just lovey dovey stuff about falling in love with your best friend but it’s more happy than anything, I relate to the song a lot because I did fall in love with my best friend and found it very difficult to accept my feelings towards her, but listening to this song really inspired me to not hold it back and let them know and well she has now been my girlfriend for 4 and a half years and we couldn’t be happier.
Do you use other artistic expressions next to music and in your opinion, what makes music so unique?
Next to music I’d say we’re all very artistic & like to express our feelings in Art, drawing is a very great way of taking any stress off your shoulders as all your thoughts are turning your mind into artwork. Also poetry/lyrics is a great way to get your feelings out of your system in an artistic way & influence for words can strike at anytime even when you feel your weakest. Music will always be for us though & im sure many others the most therapeutic form of art, wether it is listening to another artist & relating to their music, or writing your own music to express your emotion in which people can relate to, it’s the gift that will always keep on giving.
It seems like one the one side there are people who say, “music saved my life” while on the other, people deny that music itself has the ability to save someone. Would you mind sharing your own opinions on this?
Music 100% has the ability to save someone, people that deny this just don’t know it yet. Some people don’t realize the importance of music & how much of a part it plays in life, for everyone there is a song or an artist that they can relate to & will change their life, that song/artist will always be their reset button at the hardest of times & make difficult moments easier to get through.
Before we come to an end. Is there anything you would like to say to people who are struggling at the moment?
Sonny: All I can say to any one that’s struggling at the moment is that it will get better, I say that through what I’ve experienced, my anxiety is getting better year by year, & I found that the music & the people I’ve met through music have helped me with that. I’ve found the thing that eases my mind you just have to find yours, and most importantly you have to be open with those closest to you, they will always help you along the way.