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Interview With 'The Emergency Please'

Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?

Hey my name's Karan Master and The Emergency Please is a band I started as a song writing vehicle last summer. Since then I've been working with a few drummers and bass players attempting to make my musical ideas sound as good as they do in the shower.

What were you all up too prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?

I always wanted to do this and have been playing in bands as long as I can remember. I tried a lot of other jobs but to be honest I would usually just be staring at the clock waiting to go to a rehearsal/gig or write (sorry previous employers love you really!).

Tell us about your latest EP and why our readers should check it out.

'Remember You' is the first EP from The Emergency Please. It's got 4 tracks and each of them are unique and expressive in their own way but they're all linked by root sound of the band. We're a Pop Punk band but really influenced by so many other genres and Remember You showcases that.

Who would you say is the bands main song writer or is it a group effort and where do you draw your inspiration lyrically and musically from?

I end up writing in quite a few ways. The first track 'Remember You' on the EP was one of those pick up a guitar, start singing and all of a sudden you have a song moments. But other songs can come in different ways. Sometimes it's just the guitar that draws me in or a certain hook I want to work with. What was cool about these songs was that I knew exactly what I wanted each one to be about before I wrote them. In fact the third track 'Lost' is a song I've been sitting on for almost a year. As far as inspiration, I grew up on Pop Punk, Alt Rock and Emo so those are my roots for sure. But I'm just generally in love with music and with The Emergency Please I find myself drawing subtle influences from Math Rock, Neo Soul and Funk. I just love the melodic epicness of Pop Punk but putting that with a solid groove is just the one. Lyrically I always write about what I know. All the tracks on this EP are either about someone or something that's happened.

As a band what do you believe is your greatest achievement to date and why?

This EP. We've been gigging round the south since we started and putting the new tracks into the set just feels right.

Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?

Yeah it's a cool part of working as a freelance guitarist I get to meet some incredible people in the industry. What leaves me awestruck is just all the incredible musicians and producers who just kill it but then are so humble and down to Earth.

What do you enjoy most about touring?

We actually haven't toured yet but will be looking into it for sure when Remember You is out!

If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?

A lot of energy. I love live shows because that's where you get the full experience of a band. With us it's where we just get into it. We also love improv and jamming so there's that with each show. When it comes to playing live we have the songs as a basic structure but depending on how we feel we jam out certain bits and that's where the influence from other genres really comes through.

What is the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show? Ahhhh when I was 14 I was trying to do a guitar spin with this pretty hefty tele I have. It ended up cracking me straight in the jaw...this happened during the first song haha. Had to do the entire set trying to look like I wasn't wrecked. My buddy got it on camera too so there was that.

If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why? Don Broco for sure. Such a great band especially live! Playing along side them would be incredible. You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?

Oh God this is a tough one. I reckon Hendrix. I went to visit his grave in Seattle a while back so yeah, I'm a big fan. I dunno if we'd talk that much probably just jam out and then hit up Shoreditch.

What comes next for the band/yourself? This EP is an introduction for us. We're going to expand on our sound, make more music and get out there.

And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Always yes!

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