Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

10 Questions with Hello Operator


Hailing from York ‘Hello Operator’ are a four piece desert rock band who’s debut single ‘Stephanie’ caught the public eye with now over 200,000 streams. The past two years has seen them championed on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Introducing Track of the Week’ and release follow-up singles and a 4-track EP. Greg James (Radio 1) explains “Every so often a band comes along that feels just that little bit different”. The band’s latest single ‘I created a monster’ is a monster in itself, with Tarantino-esque guitars and bluesy bass lines in the verse to a leviathan-like chorus reminiscent of Royal Blood or Q.O.T.S.A.


Where do you go to discover new music?
Lauren Laverne’s show on Radio 6 is pretty good. There’s a great band called Pavo Pavo they’ve been playing recently, ’Statue is a Man Inside’ is a tune.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year?
Our debut album comes out this year, as you can probably tell we’re all pretty excited. There’s 9 brand new tracks along with our latest releases ‘I Created a Monster’ & ‘Animalize’ .

First song you fell in love with?

Max: Personally, Ray Charles and Arctic Monkeys set the place alight for me. ‘Hard times’ and ‘No Buses’ were the game changers.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Kendrick Lamar

What would you most like to own on vinyl?

If there’s a vinyl with Billie Holiday’s ’Strange Fruit’ & ‘Gloomy Sunday’ on each side that’d be a pretty nifty gift.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Max: Pavo Pavo
Sam: Father John Misty
Pete: Tyler the Creator
Eddy: Fantastic Negrito

What's your guilty pleasure song?
Eddy: Squeeze - Up The Junction (Not even guilty)

What inspires you to write music?
When we see musicians releasing awful music and it working for them. It’s aggravating to watch. I suppose like a lot of things it comes down to who you know, or to splashing a small fortune on facebook posts. But it’s also down to the radio stations. The attention span of people today is so short it’s easy for the DJ’s to churn out the same shit, the same formula, and keep up the ratings. It’s comfortable, and they capitalise on it. That’s not suggesting their audiences are clueless, on the contrary, I think people are dying to hear genuinely good music, they wanna wake up. They’re hungry for it, but they just don’t know where to look, or can’t be bothered. Imagine trying to find your new favourite band through the swarms of music on Spotify? I resent comments like that of Kasabian ‘New bands aren’t good enough to headline festivals’ because if they don’t get the exposure, who’s gonna know anything about them? Inspiration ceases the day you settle on the idea that the artists out there now have more to offer than yourself. DJ’s have a responsibility to change all that, to take risks, and they ought to.

What's your favourite song to play live?

Right now it’s our new single ‘I Created a Monster’

Where would you most like to play?

Benicassim

Hello Operator play Camden Assembly this Monday 20th August