Soundrive Festival in Poland, September 2015. Kinga and I, we’ve sneaked into to the backstage section of the venue where bands dined.
We’ve helped ourselves with the rosé and began to match the people surrounding us with pictures of all bands’ members that were performing that day. It didn’t take long for us to realise we were sitting next to All We Are.
I’ve approached them after 20 minutes of research into their bios. It was a gamble altogether. We didn’t know their schedule, the information we’ve found could have been inaccurate and we were not even supposed to be there. If not for All We Are musicians being genuinely friendly and toward, that would have been a guaranteed fail.
Anyway, after several months the interview has been published in Unsettled.
You can read the original interview below.
Diazepam is a drug with a tranquillising effect. It relaxes your muscles and balances chemicals in the brain that would otherwise lead to anxiety; so, kind of like music — only in liquid medicine form. Unless you were one of those kids who tweeted about Paul McCartney catching his ‘big break’ after collaborating with Kanye, I would hope you know who the Bee Gees are.Combine the two, and you get the synergised, funky, and hypnotising All We Are — a music trio that do oddly resemble a 21st century revamping of the Bee Gees on Diazepam.
Living and creating in an eclectic city such as Liverpool, there is a feel of different backgrounds in the music they create. Whether or not their sound is to be understood as dreamy, quality pop, or indie that’s escaped the confines of a guitar-focused sound, the ‘less is more’ quality behind the trio is highly admirable. Limited resources, unlimited imagination — that’s All We Are. We spontaneously caught up with the band after their set at Poland’s Soundrive Fest, and got to know their take on festivals of today versus festivals of the past, along with the context behind their snappy Soundcloud bio.
How’s the festival season treating you?
Guro Festivals are great. We had an amazing summer, the crowds were really, really huge.
Richard Playing in UK and in Europe is a bit different. No one is better or worse than each other, but we love playing abroad
and in Europe as well. Personally, I kind of feel that every UK festival is like a hometown gig, and when you go abroad it’s a bit more exciting, more things happen that are unxpected.
How would you compare all this to playing in London? You visit from time to time.
R Playing in London always feels like a hometown gig. It’s always really vibe-y. It was February, then March, and again in May. We don’t really get there that often.
G The audience has always been really good to us.
Luis In a city like London, you have really good fans in such a big town. They always come in to see you and they always come in force and it’s a really nice force. Can’t complain.
Do you feel any sort of longing for the festivals of the past, or do you think festivals are actually better off right now? How do you feel about today’s festivals?
L Oh, that’s actually such a good question.
G I guess there is always nostalgia in everyone to be at Woodstock and stuff like that. I feel that Glastonbury is the closest we can get to that. I love Glastonbury, it’s amazing there.
R I don’t think festivals have actually changed that much to be honest (laughs). People there do the exact same thing now as they did, you know, 40 years ago. That being: go, get fucked up, have really good fun. Have a really good time.
G Have a really good time. And people do that.
L Each year is different, really, and you never know. This year we were playing on the same stage as the Dandy Warhols. We chatted to one of the guys and he said the festivals are much, much better now than they were in the 80’s ‘cause everybody is much nicer. The dance is much nicer. Before there were much more arrogant people around — people picking at most of the bands. People now just want to have a good time.
G I think that’s a rule of festivals; everyone is happy. You just can’t go to a festival and be angry. Everyone should be having time of their lives.
Do you stick around when you play festivals, or just go straight to your van or hotel?
R We like to get pretty involved.
G It sort of depends. When you are on the festival and you are really tight on schedule, then you have to go with it and just have to go with the band. Then you don’t really get to see anything. But there are many festivals that we get time to stick around, go backwards, go with the people. We love festivals, we love the spirit of it.
How’d you guys meet?
L We met in university, we studied music. When we finished, we really just wanted to do things together, hangout and stuff —
stay in Liverpool as well, ‘cause it is a really cool city. Then we started a band.
G We were all there for the purpose of studying. We were friends way before we started All We Are; we started All We Are because we were friends that wanted to stay together. Hang out, do what we love — make tunes. I guess we are even closer now than we were before, we are family.
What sort of bonds do you share in music?
R I think that we all have a really eclectic taste in music. There are a lot of points where we do meet on that.
L Stuff we do listen to together is a lot more groovier and dancier. You know, it could be like pop music, or something really obscure. We could listen to [FKA] Twigs, or Outkast, Frank Ocean. But then, individually, we listen to very different sort of things.
G It’s really verse, but it’s basically a different music for every occasion and that’s what music is supposed to be about. It’s for everything, you know.
Bee Gees on diazepam?
R Basically, when we recorded Utmost Good, we recorded it with a really good producer and he caught this phrase. As a band it is actually really good to have something snappy to sum it all up.