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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, Newcastle-based heavy rock band North Seasons tell us about the group’s varied musical influences and their top secret upcoming plans.

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

Hey! So we’re North Seasons, from the sunny North East of England. We’re all reasonably local to Newcastle so we consider that our hometown, although we are pretty spread out individually. We came together as North Seasons after all playing in a bunch of other local bands with the intention of breaking out of our local scene. As much as we love where we come from and love the hometown crowd and bands in the area we want to use our band as a tool to explore different places and meet new people.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Well, like I say we have each played in bands from a pretty young age; it’s been a passion of all of ours for some time now, but I’d say it’s mostly down to the fact we all grew up in a time when music was becoming a lot more accessible. We were raised on the likes of Kerrang! and Scuzz on TV and were around for the rise of MySpace and the likes as a platform for rock bands (and all other kinds of artists) to showcase their music worldwide. We just wanted to emulate all those kinds of bands and we still have that ethos engrained in our ambitions today.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Band-wise we have quite a few, for example: Bring Me The Horizon, Bury Tomorrow, Letlive, Alexisonfire… that’s just to name a few, there is a whole bunch of other heavy bands we’ve been inspired by as well as pop, jazz, ambient and all sorts of other artists.

How would you describe your sound?

We try to take influences from all genres of music. We always said we would just play the music we like listening to and not stay in any specific genre so I couldn’t really say, we change a lot haha!

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

We’re pretty accessible being that we take influences from so many genres but we find ourselves fitting in best in the metal scene, probably due to the aggression and intensity of our live show. But we have played with plenty of other bands from different genres without sounding out of place on the bill.

“Our intention is to stand out and make sure people go away feeling like they got their money’s worth”

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

A lot of movement and a lot of passion. We try to always leave people with something to think about and talk about. Our intention is to stand out and make sure people go away feeling like they got their money’s worth; we love and appreciate the fact that people will pay money to see us play live so that’s without doubt a main priority. We’re all a band of musicians and we put a lot of effort into practicing so that we don’t disappoint the people who came to hear us too.

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

We’ve got a bit of downtime at the minute while we work on the album so not a lot planned in the sense of quantity but as for quality we’ve been offered a chance to play with some of the best bands in our genre at Mosh on The Tyne on Saturday 4th July, which is going to be an incredible show and a huge honour

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

There’s a lot we’re proud to have achieved on the business side of things but I’d have to say our biggest achievement is to have got through some really difficult times and personal hurdles.

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

Trying to stop all the fans from rushing the van after each show.

What else have you got planned for the future?

Tonnes, heaps! Man, I swear we just can’t talk about it just yet, but what we can say is that we’re playing Mosh On The Tyne festival with an amazing line up in July and we can’t wait for it.

North Seasons play Mosh on the Tyne on Saturday 4th July.

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