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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists we have right here in the north east. This time, the lads from Bi:Lingual tell us about challenging interviews, floating genitalia and their tour with Fizzy Blood.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

We are Bi:Lingual. We play rock n roll infused hip hop and between us we come from Cyprus, Stoke and Teesside.

What inspired you to first start making music?

It was a different matter of circumstance for us all. George had wanted to play guitar from about the age of six. Aaron was surrounded by friends and family who were in bands or played instruments. They made Stephanos learn to play drums when they couldn’t find anybody else good enough to be in their band at 16, and Dylan turned up when we met in college.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

We don’t really have any influences as a band, as we try and steer away from sounding like or being like anybody else. Obviously as individuals we all have our influences and artists we look up to but we try not to incorporate them too heavily into our music.

How would you describe your sound?

If the sounds of a Cypriot Garage collided with a back alley in Middlesbrough and a Schizophrenic woman from Stoke-on-Trent…

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

We try and stay clear of the term “local music scene.” We travel and play across the country on a very regular basis. We don’t consider ourselves to be local to anywhere really! We are as popular in places like Leeds and Manchester as we are in the North East.

“We’ve stopped expecting anything, we like the element of surprise”

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Bi:Lingual?

Every gig is different for us at the minute, we can’t really guarantee you can expect anything from us other than us to play our songs to the best of our potential, with a lot of energy. Anything that happens from there is a bonus. We have had everything at our gigs over the last couple of years, from mosh pits and crowd surfs to floating inflatable genitalia, broken instruments and stage invasions. We’ve stopped expecting anything, we like the element of surprise.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

We headlined The Tanners Stage at this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle on May 23rd, a couple of days before we headed off on Tour with Fizzy Blood. On Friday 19th June we will be at Ku Bar in Stockton with the dudes in Fizzy Blood.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?

This interview.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

This interview.

What else have you got planned for the future?

We have a tour, another track release and a load of festivals planned for the next couple of months. From there we will just do what we always do and carry on travelling and playing, hopefully finding the time to write a couple of new songs. We don’t try and plan too far ahead because things change for us every day.

Bi:Lingual play with Fizzy Blood at Stockton’s Ku Bar on Friday 19th June.

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