30 Seconds Interview: Candy Says

candy says interviewCandy Says are Juju, Elisa, Ben and Mike, who make ‘lo-fi chic pop’ that has an affirmative feel good factor, reminiscent of early Slow Club and Regina Spektor singles.

The band were previously signed to Universal/Island as Little Fish, but have taken a new musical direction into territories that could almost be called twee. They liken themselves to both Velvet Underground and ABBA, hence the feel good factor, and are adept at delivering infectious, alternative pop that has pricked the ears of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne.

The quartet have just finished a new album, recorded entirely in Juju’s bungalow, of which new song Favourite Flavour will feature – you can listen below.

They are set for a busy season playing at summer festivals, including Dot To Dot, Big Brill Camp and Lodestar and, throughout May, have been taking their indie-pop to the four corners of Great Britain on a jam-packed tour. Before the popsters could jump back in the tour van, we caught up with them for a 30 seconds interview to get more acquainted…

We first started writing music because…
We wanted to create a new sound for the new band. Juju was pregnant, and knew she wouldn’t have time to write once the baby was born.

We have been making music since…
We recorded 14 songs in our garage in 2012, and started playing live in January 2013.

Our music is…
A DIY garage version of the sort of polished pop that usually costs a fortune to produce. We call it “lo-fi chic pop”.

You’ll like us if you listen to…
The Velvet Underground and/or ABBA.

Our favourite venue is…
Anywhere that isn’t usually a venue. We’re putting on our next show in a church. Although Juju did enjoy playing the Royal Albert Hall with Little Fish.

Music is important because…
It inspires people to connect and communicate with one another. It brings people together.

Our biggest inspiration is…
People, books, music and conversations all feed into it, but creating the best art that we can with what we have in the garage is our inspiration.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Debbie Harry on bass, Patti Smith and Beth Orton on backing vocals, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper on guitar and Helena Bonham-Carter in the video.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Favourite Flavour (watch the video below).

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Making something else.

In 10 years time we want to be…
In exactly the same place. Making things happen and being happy.

Upcoming tour dates:
25 May – Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
26 May – Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
22 June – Big brill Camp, Oxfordshire
1 September – Lodestar Festival, Cambridgeshire

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