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Interview: London Grammar

If you haven’t heard about the promising British trio, London Grammar, first that means you haven’t read Konbini (bad) and second, now is the time for you to catch up. I’ve met the lovely lads after their amazing show at the Silencio in Paris; we chatted about their early days as a band and their incredible ascent.

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So we now know a bit more about the mysterious London Grammar trio; I remember when I first heard that spellbiding voice and soft instrumental, back in February, I was bewitched. Then obviously I wanted to dig the band but only found few informations; then little by little they unveiled a bit more on their facebook page: actual pictures of themselves and most importantly new ear candy tunes. 

London Grammar: The dream ascent

Hannah (voice, keyboard), Daniel (guitar) and Dot (keyboard, djembe, drums) met in a “2.0 way” at Nottingham Uni back in 2009. Indeed Dan saw a photo of Hannah on facebook with a guitar, and sent her a message asking her if she was playing the guitar and/or writing lyrics; the both of them started playing and writing together. They met Dot a little later at a house party. They started playing together right away; Hannah recalls:

It’s funny, it was kinda dating at first! It was so awkward!

Dot was playing the Djembe and drums, Dan remembers the first time he went to his:  “His room was literally just a bed and a massive drum kit!… and dry shampoo“; A great amount of dry shampoo seems predictable considering how much hair he’s got; he also confessed how tired he is being compared to Harry Styles or even Frankie Coccosa from The X Factor – which is prettay understandable – In a more serious note, Hannah adds:

Within the last few years, Dot went from djembe player to a multi musician producer

Indeed, on stage Dot switch from keyboard to the launchpad to the djembe to the drums and he’s an exquisite drummer! He also did a great remix of one of their song:

Travelling back and forth London to Nottingham, playing gigs, London Grammar got discovered by an A&R from London’s Ministry Of Sound and signed a deal. In February 2013 they released their first EP Metal & Dust supported by beautiful single ‘Hey Now‘. They recently signed a record deal with one of the most influent indie label in France: Because Music.

The British three-piece quickly gained support by UK’s leading radio station, BBC Radio 1, and their debut EP was warmly received by the press and the public. Zane Lowe from Radio 1 playlisted “Hey Now” in its early days, Greg James made “Wasting My Young Years” “Record Of The Week”. They recorded live sessions at the BBC Maida Vale studios for Hew Stephens and Rob Da Bank etc.

They’re amazed how quickly it went and are grateful and conscious that:

Radios have been extremely supportive

Now they’ve gone from never having played a festival before to being booked to many amazing ones, mainly in the UK (Bestival, Glastonbury, Dot to Dot etc.) but also in Europe (Melt Festival in Germany etc.) and in Australia (Laneway).

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Left to right: Dot, Daniel, Hannah ©Konbini

Australia: The “mental” story

Their breakthrough in Australia is quite a “mental” story: they were already really successful in Australia without even having their EP signed out there. Australia #1 radio, Triple J, started playing their song “Hey Now, then A-listed it and the song was played several times a day for the last 6 months. Australian fans were urging them to put it out on the Australian iTunes!

Now their EP is finally out there; it went up to #4 during the first week on the iTunes album charts but is now #5 because of Miss Taylor Swift! Some of the band members confessed to actually kinda like Taylor Swift! (I won’t name anyone!) London Grammar will be touring in Australia at the end of the year.

London Grammar are thrilled about their fame in Australia and are really looking forward to playing there! Dot laughs:

In my mind I imagined us coming off the plane and people are waiting for us cheering and holding London Grammar banners thinking “so that’s London Grammar?” You know, like in the film ‘Searching For Sugar Man’

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London Grammar during the interview at Because Music HQ ©Konbini

What’s next?

According to the band, their debut album is all set to be released! They actually had too many songs and had to decide which one to keep on the album! Besides, they’ve already started collaborating with interesting artists: they will be guests on Disclosure‘s upcoming album. Their debut album should be out round september time. We’re really excited about it here at Konbini and wish them a successful music career.

If you want to see them live, check their tour dates see if they play round yours.

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