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GET TO KNOW: Little Drum
After cutting their teeth as session musicians for a multitude of other artists over the years, emerging trio Little Drum are now looking to cement themselves as a bright and captivating name emerging on the scene as they deliver their passionate debut EP 'Darling Ocean'.
Channelling a wonderfully warm and breezy aesthetic throughout, 'Darling Ocean' makes for a beautifully alluring listen. Filled with sweeping tones, soaring atmosphere, and some soul-infused vocals from start to finish, this one will wash over you and leave you feeling rejuvenated by the time it ends.
So with the new EP available now, we sat down with Matty Benbrook from the group to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started playing guitar, but wasn't very good so moved to drums after a couple of years. I still play guitar , but I'm still not very good!
What was the first album you remember owning?
Now That's What I Call Music 7. Not proud but it's a fact. Slightly more interesting, the first single I owned was “Blame It On The Boogie” by Mick Jackson from the UK not Michael.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Yes, we sounded awful. I remember our first gig, I was around 14, the crowd sang along to every song so they didn't have to hear my singing.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
So many, Nick Drake - Riverman. Anything by Stevie Wonder.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
It's odd, it's the first time Donny and I have put music out under our own names (Pauline has always had her solo career) for 20+ years. We spend a lot of time writing/producing and playing with other artists so to make music that's just for us for a change is thrilling. It's nice to have that freedom. It's also been fun to be driving the direction of the visuals and how the band is presented.
And what about the most frustrating part?
I guess the most frustrating part is getting heard and making yourself stand out from all the music that's being released every week. And getting everyone in the room together, it's literally like herding cats.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Stevie Wonder , I’d get found out instantly but it’d be worth it.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Still turning out music with Little Drum, it's a very easy place to be so i think we’ll be making music for a long time to come, hopefully as time passes more fans will get on board.
Little Drum's new EP 'Darling Ocean' is available to stream now. Check it out below.