The Passing Sages – Crisis On The Dancefloor [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Electrifying, fun, vibrant

Tell us a few things about Crisis On The Dancefloor. What is your creative process like?

Crisis On The Dancefloor is a fun song about people who are afraid to dance! Our creative process can be very collaborative. With this tune, Holly pulled together a demo and brought it to the band who all helped put their own spin on it. The songs naturally evolve once we start working on them together.

What first got you into music?

Carrie – I have loved music for as long as I can remember. I started singing lessons when I was 6 years old. I was obsessed with the musicals ‘Oliver’ and ‘Annie’. From then my love for music, singing and the theatre grew.

Daniel – Until I was about 13-14 I wasn’t into music at all. I was born in 1990 and wasn’t into the pop music I was hearing on the radio. But then got introduced to some older stuff, classic rock, blues, jazz and metal and had a religious moment of realising “oh I actually really like this!”.

Holly – I’ve loved music since I was a kid and I started off playing the cello in my school orchestra. I picked up the guitar at 11 years old and I started songwriting from the age of 1The rest is history!

Mr Clyne – A mixture of my Mother always having varied music on and the enjoyment of playing instruments from primary school onwards. LimeWire also had a huge impact.

Nic – My love of music began from a young age, growing up in a household where the radio was always on and music was always heard. As a result of my Mum being a huge Queen fan and sitting me down in front of their music videos, I fell in love with the guitar and wanted to be just like Brian May. However, 6 year old me was disappointed to discover that I didn’t sound like him straight away when I got my first guitar.

Sean – Both of my parents are big music fans, so there was a lot of music in our household when I was a kid. My mum was always into her club music and musicals, whereas my dad is a big 70s/80s rock and metal fan. The film ‘School Of Rock’ definitely made me more interested in listening to an older generation of music, as did the ‘Guitar Hero’ game franchise.

Your dream collaboration?

Carrie – If Whitney Houston was still alive then it would most definitely be her. She was my idol growing up. Celine Dion would be my 2nd choice.

Daniel – Ooof tough, in terms of modern artists probably Fantastic Negrito, I love the music he’s creating such a cool, modern take on blues. Older artists, definitely Tom Waits, he’s an amazing, unique songwriter who’s gone through so many iterations of his sound throughout the years and I have mad respect for him.

Holly -If Andre 3000 did a verse on one of my songs I would literally die happy.

Mr Clyne – Dangermouse and Jemini the gifted one

Nic – For me I think it has to be the legendary Nile Rodgers. He has been involved with some of the greatest songs of all time and I absolutely love his approach to writing and arranging. As a guitarist, I often think he gets forgotten about on ‘Top Guitarists of All Time’ lists but I think he is a phenomenal player and has such a distinctive sound and style that I just love. I reckon even from just a few moments in his presence I could learn so much.

Sean – Both of my picks are slightly different from The Passing Sages’ sound, but Rob Swire from Pendulum/Knife Party or Mark Tremonti from Creed/Alter Bridge/Tremonti.

What would you change in the music industry?

The worst thing universally about the music industry is definitely the pay. You have to really enjoy performing music and not be in it for the money!

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

Carrie – I spend my time at work and looking after my 4 year old son.

Daniel – The usual stuff, TV, movies, video games, love a true crime documentary/podcast. And planning my wedding which is less than a year away!

Holly -I like dancing, making stained glass art and travelling when I get the chance!

Mr Clyne – Sleeping or en route to sleep. Child rearing and Xbox.

Nic – I teach guitar so I am literally always playing, learning or writing. A day without a guitar in my hands is a strange day indeed. I also love playing video games.

Sean – Working, unfortunately! Or sleeping… or eating.

When was the last time you danced?

Carrie – okay so proper dancing – not since I was at uni (we had to learn ballet and tap which I was horrendous at) but I do a little side step in time with the beat at practice now and again.

Daniel – This morning in the shower.

Holly – I go to weekly house dancing lessons which are always really fun.

Mr Clyne – I dance with my children all the time.

Nic – Probably at our last band practice, it’s impossible to play this music without having a boogie.

Sean – When I went to see the legendary Drum and Bass dj, Sub focus, last weekend.

Thank you!

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