swim school – Interview

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Ahead of their gig on The Seedling Stage at Belladrum, swim school chats to IGigs.

It’s hard to accept that swim school, with the long list of gigs and critical acclaim, have been on the scene for a matter of months. Led by Alice Johnson, the band even earned the description of “pop perfection” by Jim Gellatly. Prior to their TRNSMT gig we managed to ask them a few questions;

You have ten words to describe your act, no more no less…

Upbeat, energetic, melodic guitar driven band with elements of pop.  

As an act how has 2019 been for you so far?

We announced ourselves publicly as a band in February this year along with our debut single ‘sway’ and so far, the response has been amazing exceeding all of our initial expectations. Within just a couple months we’d already racked up numerous streams, radio plays, reviews and support slots with The XCERTS, Indigo Velvet and Dancing on Tables. 

The rest of the year is going to be particularly busy and having just come off the back of XpoNorth we have Belladrum, TRNSMT, Outwith Festival and Loopallu to look forward too.

How important is playing Belladrum for you?

We think it’s hugely important to us! Belladrum has been known to showcase in previous years the next big upcoming bands such as Catfish and The Bottlemen, Fatherson and Vistas to name a few. This is something we’d love to follow in the footsteps of!

As Belladrum can be quite family orientated it enables us to get our music heard by a different kind of audience that we may not necessarily get at other festivals in Scotland which is really great. 

If your set only consisted of three songs, which ones would they be and why?

This question should be pretty straight forward as we currently only have 2 singles out at the moment. So, we’d play both ‘sway’ and ‘take you there’ and our final choice would be a song that we usually play in the middle of our set called ‘everything’ as it’s a fan favourite! 

The Seedlings stage has seen several bands that have been promoted through the bill at Belladrum, where do you see yourselves in five years time, and what will help you in your journey?

As we’ve already mentioned we’d love to see ourselves following in the footsteps of bands such as Fatherson, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Vistas who have all been nurtured in their early stages through Belladrum. To do this, we believe that we just need to keep the momentum and excitement going about the band and play as many shows and festivals as we can to get our name and music heard. 

Which other acts on the Seedlings bill would you recommend people see this year? 

All of the acts on the Seedlings Stage this year are amazing but definitely check out Walt Disco. They always put on an amazing show! Our pals Lakyoto and HYYTS are also playing who we highly recommend checking out alongside Vanives and Scarlett Randle. 

Given the sci-fi theme of Belladrum 2019, construct your band with sci-fi characters? 

Ah well, if we’re completely honest we’re not very into sci-fi which makes this question a hell of a lot harder… but if we were to pick any they’d be 

Alice Johnson – Eleven (Stranger Things) 

Lewis Bunting – Spock 

Nairn Milne – R2-D2 

Matt Mitchell – Flash Gordon 

Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars without a doubt! 

Time travel or teleportation? Teleportation… who wouldn’t want to teleport themselves to a hot country when the weather in Scotland can be so temperamental? 

You are allowed to time travel to one gig, which one is it? Queen performing at Wembley in 1985. 

Your band can soundtrack one sci-fi film, which one would it be? E.T 

Coolest Sci-fi character? Yoda 

What invention would you like to see a reality in the future? Hmm, maybe jet packs?

swim school play Belladrum on Friday 2nd of August at 18:05 on the Seedlings Stage.

Swim school are supporting The 101 at the King Tuts Summer Nights on the 17th of August. Tickets for this can be bought directly here. They are also supporting Walt Disco at the Mash House in Edinburgh. Tickets for this can also be bought here. A debut headline show is on the cards towards the end of the year, keep an eye on their Facebook page for news.

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Chris Lemon
Chris Lemon
A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.If you want get in touch you can contact me direct at invernessgigs@gmail.com

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