I met all members of my band in and around Brighton/uni. Theres a nice jazz scene in Brighton and theres always jazz-jams happening across the town. I went to one at a pub when I first moved down and it looked like I was the only person there under 70. After one of the songs ended though, I saw a young lad in a hoodie bounce off the stage from where the drum kit was. I couldn’t believe that such a high standard of playing had come from someone my age so I went and spoke to him. Thats how I met Jono who has been my drummer ever since. He’s the only one in the band who I’ve never played a show without.
Being in a band has defiantly changed how I write. I’ll write with a full band in mind now rather than just focused on chords and a top line. It allows for much more freedom and creativity. I’ve also learnt a lot just by being around James, Jono, Malte, Matt and Sergio- they’re all incredible musicians and they inspire me everyday.