Durham-based band, The Voluntears, are set to play Richmond Live and Hardwick Live this year so Lee Allcock caught up with frontman Seamus Edge to talk about the music industry, perseverance, and The Voluntears’ world.
For those who don’t know The Voluntears, how would you describe your sound?
We’re classed as indie/rock/alternative but I’d say it was very much to do with whatever we feel at the time of creating. We definitely express ourselves and our experiences through our music, so it depends on how we feel at the time, or whatever circumstance we’ve all been through.
It’s been a little while, so what’s been happening in the world of The Voluntears?
It certainly has NE Volume and it’s good to be back in with yourselves. We’ve been working very hard this year focusing on the right sort of management, along with writing and creating new material too. So, having said all that, we’re very excited to announce that we have brand new management in place and I do believe you guys will be the first to know that we are now currently working with and being represented by Miller Music Management. Owned and ran by the wonderful hardworking Carrie Hustler, she has worked with all the greats like Sony and EMI Capitol, both in the US & London. She even helped execute one of the biggest sync deals in music history – negotiating on behalf of Blur and ‘Song2’ – so, hopefully, something great “WooHoo” wise will happen for us too. We’re very excited to be working with her and definitely feel like the band is moving in the right direction.
You’re playing both Richmond Live and Hardwick Live this year, so what can festival-goers expect from your set?
A lot more energy, a more polished set than ever, more artistic talent and a much bigger performance this year, for sure. I think, in general, we want to commit to our music 10,000% and hope to engage that right with the audience with more diversity and more surprises. So far while we’ve been touring, we’ve had great success in trying to achieve that. Even when it’s not some people’s cup of tea, we’ve always made a new fan by the end of the show.
You’re known for being one of the North East’s most hard-working bands, but it must be difficult to keep persevering in the difficult music business we live in today…
It’s definitely the hardest but most exciting business to be in and it’s hard – you have to be everywhere and sometimes you just can’t be for obvious reasons. I think more often than not most creative people/musicians don’t understand the true nature of the game when starting off. I think that by generating more awareness of all the negatives to the industry, the music world would be a more guaranteed kind of place – there would be more longevity in other artists which, in turn, allows them to sustain their career much better.
If you could pick any musician, dead or alive, to go to dinner with, who would you pick and why?
Elvis Presley, definitely. I think he’d be great to go out on the town with and pull all the women.
And finally, what else do you have coming up in 2018 that your fans can get excited about?
Recording the new album is always exciting news I feel. We have some great new material on the way and we’ll hopefully be signing with a new booking agent this year to bring with it more festivals and more tours. Who that is will be revealed, I’m sure, in due course. Watch this space.
For further information about The Voluntears, and to keep up-to-date with their tour schedule, head to Facebook.com/thevoluntears.