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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 members of Durham group Talk Like Tigers tell us about their different musical backgrounds and that horrible moment when you can only afford one last Tesco meal deal.

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

We’re Talk Like Tigers, four very like-minded individuals comprising of twin sisters Charlotte and Stephanie from Durham, one freakishly tall bass player called Alex from Manchester and one hyperactive drummer called Mark from Newcastle. Oh we also have a saxophone player who just so happens to be the freakishly tall bass player that we mentioned above.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Charlotte: There wasn’t much going on in the small village Stephanie and I grew up in and so we really needed a creative outlet and I guess this was what started us singing and playing instruments. We learnt how to play clarinet and piano, which was followed by a short stint of trumpet and tenor horn lessons. However, we felt that tenor horn wasn’t what today’s electro scene was screaming out for… But, who knows what will go on to our next EP!

Alex: My Grandad was a pianist who played a lot of jazz and classical music which inspired me to start playing saxophone and flute, and in time I branched out to other instruments like the bass. I hope to play the tenor horn one day to terrify audiences all over the world!

Mark: Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a ridiculous amount of energy, typically always banging on things and so it was only a matter of time until I was introduced to a drum kit. From there on in I could never find a keys player for my first band and so I just decided to teach myself on some synths. I think that’s where the love for electronic music came in. It’s nice that we all have keys knowledge within the band as it really helps with our song writing.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

We are all from very different musical backgrounds; each of us has grown up listening to a huge variety of different styles of music ranging all the way from Van Morrison, Vivaldi, Moloko, Destiny’s Child, The Prodigy, Pendulum, Friendly Fires and Jamiroquai.

How would you describe your sound?

Gritty electro pop layered with solid funk bass grooves, energetic drums and contrasting vocal harmonies.

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

Prowling between Heworth and Pelaw but we’ll probably end up in The Tyne.

“It’s taken a while with various different instrumental changes but we’re here now and we’re nothing but excited!”

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

Real life Tigers on a leash that look convincingly like Tiger-sized cardboard cut-outs – but don’t be fooled! We’re a very high energy band! All of us have been on stage from a very young age (Alex used to be in beauty pageants) and so we are all very used to performing. On a personal level we get on very well and so no doubt you will see us laughing at each other at least a few times during a gig.

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

We have a festival confirmed for July with plans for plenty more around the release of our first single Animalistic which is due very soon. Watch this space!

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

As a band we feel our biggest achievement is finally finding our sound. It’s taken a while with various different instrumental changes but we’re here now and we’re nothing but excited!

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

As many musicians will no doubt have experienced, in the last week before our payslips come in, collectively we can maybe afford one Tesco’s meal deal… We know all too well that life as a working musician is hard. Very hard. But also, like many groups of musicians, it’s something that we just can’t pull away from. Out of everything in the world it’s here that we feel most comfortable. That gets us through everything.

What else have you got planned for the future?

Gigs, gigs and more gigs. With a healthy dose of song writing on the side. We have some exciting videos that are due out very soon so keep an eye out for us!

Find out more about Talk Like Tigers on their official website.

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