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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists that we have right here in the north east. This time, Rob from Indigo Vertebrae talks about the duo’s unconventional inception and the challenges of converting from one genre to another.

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

I’m Rob, I’m from Seaham and I’m a singer-songwriter. Indigo Vertebrae consists of myself and Elliott, also from Seaham, who creates our music using various synthesized and sampled effects.

What inspired you to first start making music?

We are both involved in other musical projects but we talked a lot about collaborating for quite a while until eventually we go round to it! Elliott comes from a very electronic background, whereas I played previously as Indigo Vertebrae as part of a rock three piece, which had a more alternative/post punk sound, which disbanded a while back. I decided to resurrect my song writing project by keeping the name but joining forces with Elliot to reinvent my sound, so we pull different influences together from our experiences to create what Indigo Vertebrae is now.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

At the moment, I have been listening to a lot of bands that incorporate electronica in their music, such as IAMX, Portishead, Massive Attack and Nine Inch Nails, along with more recent dark electronic acts that emerged over the last few years such as White Ring, Salem and Sidewalks and Skeletons.

How would you describe your sound? Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

I find it very hard to describe because I’ve never made music like this before! We have had comparisons with such genres as witch house and electro rock. I don’t know how we fit into the local music scene because there aren’t many musicians making music like we do. I think some people might look at us as avant garde, but if anything I think we help make the local scene a bit more colourful!

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

Our onstage presence is very minimalistic and intimate. Being a duo we don’t have as much to work with, so we focus more on creating walls of sound through the PA using launch pads hooked up to our synths and laptop. We have plans to blend visuals into our live performances through showing a collection of dark visuals and videos displayed through a projector to add to the atmosphere of the performance, which is something Elliott has used himself in past music projects.

“I think some people might look at us as avant garde, but if anything I think we help make the local scene a bit more colourful!”

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

Our debut EP Hunters Moon will be released on 27th October through our Bandcamp page as well as iTunes, Spotify etc. Our next gig will be at the Corner Flag in Sunderland on Saturday 24th October to promote the release of the EP.

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

I think so far it would simply be the transition from what Indigo Vertebrae was to what it is now. Sonically, we’re almost unrecognisable but my lyrics and songwriting are as still as present as ever. Some of it is brand new material and some of it is reworked songs written back when we were a post punk band. So the same thread still runs through everything but it has just taken on a different form and our approach to songwriting has simplified now that there is only two of us creating it.

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

I think the biggest challenge has been transferring our music into a live setting. We are currently rehearsing for our next gig in the hope that we can bring audiences something really different and interesting to watch.

What else have you got planned for the future?

We are going to be working on a new EP, develop our sound further, perhaps even change it further once more. We want to make a music video and play gigs outside of the North East to broaden our fanbase. I believe there is an abundant interest for electronic music right now but it can be more challenging when it comes to performing it live or finding venues that cater to the genre as opposed to guitar based bands.

Indigo Vertebrae release Hunters Moon on 27th October and play at the Corner Flag, Sunderland on 24th October.

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