IN CONVERSATION WITH: GENGAHRAugust 19, 2015
London four piece Gengahr are a blur of psychedelic flavor, hazy guitars and harmonious vocals. Having released their debut album, ‘A Dream Outside’ in June, the band have since played the John Peel stage at Glastonbury and are already looking ahead to their next album. We caught up with them to chat inspirations and summer highlights.
UO: Tell us a little about the story of Gengahr. How did you meet and when did it become clear you wanted to make music together?
We have always made music. I’ve known Danny and Hugh since we were at school and we have always played in bands. It’s the same for John but we didn’t meet him till much later on. I don’t think any of us have really thought about music as a decision, it’s just always been something we have done.
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UO: Do you come from musical backgrounds?
My grandma was a concert pianist and Danny’s Dad had always been in bands but I think that’s it really. We used to rehearse at Danny’s house when we were kids because his dad had all the gear!
UO: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Probably when I was about 12, just behind pro skateboarder I think.
UO: How would you describe your sound?
I don’t like describing our sound to be honest. It’s something that remains a constant work in progress and changes day-by-day and song-by-song.
UO: Who inspires you? Both musically and personally?
David Bowie is a big one for me. I’m a big fan of his meticulous attention to detail.
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UO: What has been your summer highlight as a band so far this year?
Being invited back to Glastonbury this year to play the John Peel stage was very special for us. It’s such a prestigious stage and we were honoured to grace it.
UO: What is your favourite musical era?
I think it might have to be right now. I definitely find myself listening to mostly contemporary stuff at the minute.
UO: Tell us one of the most valuable lessons you’ve learnt as a band?
Always write music for yourself.
UO: Name an experience that’s had a really strong impact on your song writing?
For me, I think time has made the biggest impact on my writing. Growing up and realising what I want from life is what has helped me get to where I’m at now.
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UO: What has been the band’s biggest challenge to date?
I think the album was our biggest challenge so far. Or at least it should have been. In truth it was mostly a very smooth and enjoyable process, and we are now really looking forward to making another.
UO: What does the future hold for Gengahr?
We will be doing our best to bring our music to as many people as possible over the next few months. Inevitably spending a great deal of time in a van!
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If I wasn’t a musician I would be… too old to learn anything else!
My ideal breakfast is… has to be eggs and bacon
I’m currently listening to… Ibeyi! They’re French-Cuban twin sisters and absolutely incredible
My favourite time of year is… Winter
If I could be anywhere in the world right now it would be… Japan
If I was a colour I’d be… Blue
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