QuAckhouse is an upcoming acoustic, soul styled indie group from Brighton consisting of Adam Ede, Jama Elliot, Simon Gledhill, Damien Best and Luke Hyat. At Song Revelation we love great acoustic performances with a funky edge and when we checked out some of quAckhouse’s performances we were impressed. Therefore we were delighted when, despite their incredibly hectic schedule, they agreed to complete an in-depth feature interview. Read on to discover quAckhouse’s musical inspirations, what advice they’d give to other musicians and their creative process for creating their unique sound.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Harmony driven acoustic street soul backing out of a cul-de-sac
Q: What is your musical background?
Jammin’, improvisation and bashin ‘out more open mics than a mariachi on speed. All members have either run or performed regularly at open mic nights at pubs, bars and clubs in Brighton as well as across the south coast,. All play guitar or percussion and sing, which makes for a very original collective.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Emotional, hectic with more momentum than we expected, from what was initially a single YouTube video has spawned radio interviews, open mic UK grand final and festival gigs all adding up to a very busy year.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Cypress Hill, Bill Withers, Tina Turner, Céline Dion.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
The tall ones. On average we’re generally quite short, but we do also like Prince, who is shorter then us, but definitely look up to.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Alt J, the Black Keys, Fink. All of whom we would love to work with. All three have a style we could collaborate with.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Mr. Bobby by Manu Chao, You and Me by Penny and the Quarters, Slumber by Newrising
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Start with lyrics or guitar, jam that hook round throwing in ad-libs and harmonies until we either scrap it or love it
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Lyrics; chicks dig scars of the emotional kind.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
So P.C. you can’t move for one-legged-albino-bi-polar-lesbians. We love it! As places go it very prejudice free, which Musically makes for a real mix of styles on offer that is definitely stimulus as musicians
Q: What are you currently working on?
After the initial success stemming from a cover as a collective we been spending time sitting down and writing together as a band.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
B Real from Cypress Hill saying we did a “great cover” of their song WHEN THE SH*T GOES DOWN and to “check this out, shits dope”. Cypress Hill then became our first followers when we set up our twitter account.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Same thing we do everyday. Try to take over the world!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
The next thing on the agenda is a guerrilla gig/YouTube video whereby we place a massively tasty sliced heart shaped cake before us and sing “take another little piece of my heart now baby”.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Cuba. The hips don’t lie.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Don’t over think, go on instinct, be you and if that doesn’t work pretend to be yourself.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Live and Unsigned round 1; Brighton 29th April at the Hove Centre.
Editor’s Note: QuAckhouse are a technically gifted acoustic group with a soulful and commercial edge. Tight harmonies and catchy tracks definitely make them an upcoming group to watch.
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