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Q&A: Greywind at Slam Dunk Festival, Midlands – May 2016

Carrie Humphries

Triangle

Hello Steph and Paul. What can people expect from your set at Slam Dunk Festival today?

Steph: Today’s acoustic set will be a lot more stripped back than a full set. I still do the same vocals and it’s still as intense, but the music is more laid back.

Paul: We still try to make it as energetic as possible. Overall, we don’t make huge changes from when we play full band to when we play acoustic. The set today is going to be good.

How would you describe your music to somebody who hadn’t heard Greywind’s music before?

Steph: We love calm to storm elements in our songs; it’s our favourite type of music.

Paul: It’s very dark, yet beautiful.

Steph: Yeah, we like to surprise people. There’s moments when you know something is going to happen, but just don’t quite know when it’s going to hit. When it does, it’s like ‘Yesss!’

I’m personally a massive Game of Thrones fan. Are you named after Robb Stark’s ill-fated Direwolf or is there another reason for the name Greywind?

Paul: Yes we are. We were thinking of band names, and one day I walked into my kitchen wearing a t-shirt that has all of the Direwolves on it, and Steph pointed at it and said ‘Ahh! Grey Wind!’. We put the the words together and it was done.

In 2014, you guys released your self-released debut single Afterthoughts. After that, things seemed to progress quite quickly in terms of getting signed. Can you tell us a bit about that experience?

Paul: In the July we went into the studio for the first time ever. It was just the two of us. There’s never any other musicians where we live and we couldn’t find anyone. We got to a point where we were so frustrated, so we were just like ‘Ok, let’s just do our own thing; we can’t wait any more’. We just booked ourselves into a studio and recorded ourselves on the Thursday and put the song online on the Monday.

Steph: The next day we had loads of emails; we were like ‘What is happening?!’ We thought someone had created fake email addresses and was just messing with us.

Paul: Then Zane Lowe played us on Radio 1 and it was just non-stop for months. Raw Power management signed us and we’ve just spent the last year and a half writing our debut album. We recorded it in Texas with Jason Perry, so it’s been completely crazy.

Recently you supported Moose Blood on tour and also performed at the Great Escape Festival. How did these shows go?

Steph: We absolutely loved it. That was our first tour and first shows on the tour with Moose Blood, so it was a whole new experience; but we loved it so much.

Paul: You don’t expect that the first time that you play a show. The first time that we played on stage, was as part of a sold out UK tour. We are so grateful. It was so much fun and we loved every second of it.

Steph: Every single night was fun.

Paul: The Great Escape was also amazing. People were singing back the words to our songs, despite us only having two songs out. It was amazing.

You released your single Forest Ablaze earlier this year. How has the general reception been towards this and also some of the other new material on tour?

Steph: It’s been amazing. We hoped people would like Forest Ablaze; especially after releasing Afterthoughts and then going quiet for about a year.

Paul: Usually people forget.

Steph: People were saying it was worth the wait, and that was all that we wanted. We couldn’t have asked for a better reaction.

You have been recording your album with Jason Perry in Texas. What was it like to work with such a well renowned producer?

Steph: It was so much fun. He’s one of the funniest people ever. With him being a vocalist as well; it was really helpful for me to have a singer there to say ‘Well, do this, do that, take a break’.

Paul: We’d relax. It’s easy to forget that we really should have felt pressure doing our debut album, but Jason was very good at distracting us while recording. The days were long but went quick. It’d be like, 9 o’clock at night and we’d realise that a song was finished; because he was so good at distracting us. We loved every second of it.

As a band, what has been the biggest learning curve for you so far?

Paul: Oooh, that’s a hard one.

Steph: Every single thing we’ve done is so new to us, that I think everything has been a huge learning curve. From playing the first shows to the first time we went into the studio; I think that every single step of Greywind has been a learning curve.

What’s in the pipeline for you guys for the rest of the year?

Steph: There’s exciting stuff that we are going to be announcing soon.

Paul: Our debut album will be out later this year. We’ve also got a load of festivals and shows that we haven’t even announced yet. It’s going to be busy this year.

Steph: The later half of this year will be extremely busy.

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