Friday, June 18, 2010
Interview with Scarlet Soho
Scarlet Soho is the brainchild of vocalist James Knights and synth sidekick Scarlet, with the live set-up completed by Stuart Key. The band are fresh off the road from shows with the likes of Delays, IAMX and Razorlight, and armed with their new single 'Speak Your Mind' and second album 'Warpaint', continue to headline dates across the UK and Europe. In recent press: “Scarlet Soho's synth-drenched take on New Romanticism, plus their astonishing work ethic, mean that they can only get bigger this year.” Record Collector
Scarlet Soho’s James Knights, sat with Ladyaslan and spoke of the band and being on the road and the ever growing campaign Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame~
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: What was it like to play with IAMX and Razorlight?
Scarlet Soho: PLAYING WITH IAMX WAS A REAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR US. WE HAD NEVER TOURED OUTSIDE OF THE UK BEFORE AND DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT OF THE EUROPEAN CROWDS. WE HAVE FANS AND FRIENDS THAT HAVE STUCK WITH US PURELY FROM PLAYING THOSE 4 DATES IN GERMANY. WE FOUND IT QUITE STRANGE AS WE ARE USED TO BEING A CLOSE-KNIT LITTLE FAMILY ON THE ROAD AND (ASIDE FROM JAMES AND MYSELF) WE RARELY ARGUE AT ALL. AFTER THE FIRST DATE IN HAMBURG IAMX HAD SACKED THEIR TOUR MANAGER?! VERY ODD. THE SHOWS WERE FUN THOUGH, WE PLAYED REALLY WELL AND TURNED QUITE A FEW HEADS WHICH WAS WONDERFUL!
PLAYING WITH RAZORLIGHT WAS ALSO AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE AS WE HAD NEVER TOURED WITH A BAND WHERE THE SINGER DIDN'T BOTHER SHOWING UP FOR SOUNDCHECK... JUST STROLLED IN FOR THE SHOW, NOT MIXING WITH ANYONE.WE'RE CLOSE AS A BAND WHEN WE TOUR
Ladyaslan DDTRH: What contributions and influences do you feel Duran Duran contributed to the world of music and fashion and social awareness?
Scarlet Soho: I THINK THEY MARRIED THE ELECTRONICS AND POP SIDE OF THINGS INCREDIBLY WELL. AND FOR A BRITISH BAND THEY REALLY MADE AN IMPRESSION ON THE REST OF THE WORLD. THEY KIND OF ERADICATED THE IDEA THAT BRITISH PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE BIT DULL AND HAVE TERRIBLE FASHION SENSE.
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: How did your band get penned "the UK's number 1 underground electro-pop extravaganza"?
Scarlet Soho: BECAUSE WE ARE
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: What are your favorite Duran Duran song(s) and / or video(s)?
Scarlet Soho: I REALLY LIKE 'THE CHAUFFEUR' ACTUALLY. ALTHOUGH 'PLANET EARTH' HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART AS WE USED TO COVER IT IN THE VERY VERY EARLY DAYS OF THE BAND.
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: what was it like to work with Flock of Seagulls?
Scarlet Soho: IT WAS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY. IT WAS A TOUR THAT WE DIDN'T THINK WE'D GET. WE DID A LOAD OF SHOWS WITH THEM IN THE UK BEFORE HEADING OUT TO EUROPE WITH ZOOT WOMAN. A LOVELY BUNCH OF PEOPLE. THE ONLY ORIGINAL MEMBER IS THE SINGER SO WE WEREN'T SURE HOW BUSY THE SHOWS WOULD BE. WE SHOULDN'T'VE WORRIED, EVERY SHOW WAS REALLY FULL AND THE CROWD WERE TOTALLY ENTHUSIASTIC. A LOT OF TEENAGE BOYS AS APPARENTLY ONE OF THEIR TRACKS WAS USED ON 'VICE CITY' COMPUTER GAME(?!) I CAN'T ADMIT TO KNOWING MUCH ABOUT THIS. IT WAS A REALLY LAID BACK ATTITUDE ON THE ROAD AS THEY ARE A LOT OLDER THAN US. WE HEARD SOME STORIES THOUGH... THINGS I CANNOT DIVULGE!!!
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: If you could remake a Duran Duran song, which one would it be?
Scarlet Soho: NOW I CAN ACTUALLY PLAY BASS I'D BE UP FOR GIVING 'PLANET EARTH' ANOTHER TRY!
Ladyaslan DDTTRH: Tell us about your label Major Records, how did they find you?
Scarlet Soho: MAJOR PUT OUT OUR 2ND ALBUM. WE'RE JUST FINISHING UP THE PROMOTIONAL WORK FOR THAT NOW WITH A FEW DATES ACROSS EUROPE THEN WE ARE ENDING ONE CHAPTER AND STARTING ANOTHER. ALBUM NUMBER 3 IS ALMOST SET TO GO - STUDIO IS BOOKED, SONGS ARE WRITTEN! MAJOR FOUND US THROUGH THE IAMX SHOWS REALLY. THEY CAME TO SEE US IN LONDON A COUPLE OF TIMES AFTERWARDS, HANDS WERE SHAKEN, CONTRACTS WERE SIGNED, AND WINE WAS DRUNK. DONE
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