5 Questions: Raynes

So you mentioned that you all met “under crazy circumstances.” Can you elaborate more?

Joe and Mat met in university about five years ago and started playing and writing together. Before too long we realized that we would need a singer if we wanted to start a real band, so we started looking on the internet to see if we could find anyone. After weeks of scrolling through Instagram and searching hashtags, we finally stumbled across a video of Mark singing a cover of a Years and Years song and fell in love. We figured it was quite a long shot since he lived in England and we were in LA, but Mat reached out to him and asked if he’d be interested in joining the group. Mark was immediately on board, and ten days later he was on a plane to LA to visit the team. We all clicked immediately, both socially and musically, and Mark decided to be a part of the band.

What was it like signing with Sony/ATV?

We had been an official band for only a few months when we learned that we had a meeting with Sony/ATV, so we were very excited to even have that opportunity. We ended up flying to New York to meet their team and play a few songs for them, and within a day or so we were offered the deal. It took a few months to get the details ironed out, of course, but we’ve been with them officially for about a year now and it’s been phenomenal. Because they’re such a big publishing company we weren’t sure what to expect, but the team we work with has been incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. It’s a dream come true.

You have three singles coming out, what can you tell us about the tracks?

We’re still in the early stages of planning how exactly to release our three singles––all that we’re (fairly) sure of right now is that we’ll be dropping the first one sometime in August. That being said, we’re very excited about each of them. It’s always difficult to describe your own sound, but the best we can come up with is “expensive folk”: the heart of it is acoustic guitars, mandolins and violins, and catchy melodies, but we add synths and drum samples and vocal harmonies to that to create something that we think is pretty unique without being inaccessible. At it’s core, it’s just pop music.

Are there any plans for an EP or full album?

At the moment, we don’t have set plans for an EP or album, but it’s not far away. Over the last two and a half years we’ve written and demoed out over sixty songs, so there’s definitely enough material! But we’re going to start with the singles to test the waters and see where things go from there.

Do you have any plans to perform live in the near future?

We have a number of shows planned in the UK for later this summer, which will hopefully coincide nicely with the release of our singles. We hope to have a lot more live dates set up in the near future!

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