Interviews: Future Theory

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Psychedelic Alternative Rock band, Future Theory from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

I (Chris, Guitarist) wanted a name that gave off the impression of a 'spacey' 'psychedelic' and 'progressive' band. I was very interested in futuristic concept albums at the time. I was very surprised that Future Theory hadn't been taken already, it has a memorable ring to it. I feel it's very much a name that does what it says on the tin in terms of our sound.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Myself (Chris) and Max (Vocalist, Guitarist) have always driven the musical direction of the band, we have a clear vision. Future Theory as a band is very diverse musically, however, the defining features that are a recurring theme throughout all our songs are Max's powerful vocals and Chris' ethereal and heavily affected guitar sounds. We're both very interested in the entire spectrum of alternative rock music. I had a deep obsession with the enveloping walls of sound created by early 90s shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine and The Verve, this drove me to want to write this sort of music. Rohan and Jacob have completely different influences on us but this enables them to bring something left of field to the style of music we write. They keep us grounded. Rohan’s unique drumming feel and finesse come from his love of hip-hop and technical metal music. Jacob comes from a punk rock background and his favorite band is Black Sabbath but he too has a great feel and groove. The two of them complement one another very well and provide a tight base for all of our songs.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Chris and Rohan were at college together, Rohan knew Max and asked him to join the band. Jacob was a fan of the band and was a friend of Max's prior to joining the band. 

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Chris - The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Max - Audioslave

Rohan - Three Days Grace

Jacob - The Black Sabbath

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We love making music that resonates with other people but we also like to make music we ourselves want to listen to. The best music always tends to write itself and doesn't require overthinking. Our songs come from focusing on a specific jam we've had together or one of us will come with the bones of a song in the form of a chord structure.

6. Where was your last gig?

The Via Fossa, Underworld, Nottingham, UK.

7. Where would you like to act?

I'm guessing this means to perform? We would love to perform in other countries. Australia has a great psychedelic rock scene so maybe there? We would love to play anywhere in the world, playing in Scotland was an adventure!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Someone prolific, perhaps Kevin Parker from Tame Impala or Anton Newcombe from The Brian Jonestown Massacre? Prince if he was still alive.

9. Whom not?

Ed Sheeran - His music is the blandest crap heard to man.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

All of us have at some point although not so much nowadays. We thrive on stage. To anyone who may be nervous, remind yourself that you deserve to be there, relax and enjoy the moment.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, The Verve, Tame Impala, Weedpecker, Audioslave, The Brian Jonestown Massacre

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Jacob had the best response: I tend to just get asked about equipment and technique. I like the bass world for that. My guitar days just taught me that guitarists tend to be in competition whereas bassists will try to help each other and genuinely appreciate what each other is trying to do. Maybe it’s because the guitar has been around for such a long time it’s difficult to develop “new one the scene” techniques whereas bass is 90-100 years old as opposed to guitars being 15th century old… mental to think about really. Been asked if I’m single loads at our gigs 🤷‍♂️

13. What do you think of your fans?

Our fans are amazing, we have some die-hard fans who support us relentlessly and we're eternally grateful for their support. It's a great feeling seeing your music mean something to other people and as a band of our size it's still possible to have meaningful, personable interaction with our fans.

14. What do you think of our site?

Your site does great work promoting new artists. We really appreciate you giving us this opportunity.

15. Something to add?

Catch us on tour in June and stay tuned for future releases. Head to our socials for all things Future Theory related.

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