Under the Skin is an up and coming alternative rock band fronted by Angie Joseph and Yann Brandon. The duo worked together and performed in the band Wishes from 2007 to 2014. When the band called it quits, Yann and Angie started working on solo projects, separately. The two being good friends, began listening to each other’s work and provided advice to each other. A few month after, at the beginning of 2015, Angie and Yann decided to collaborate on a project together, combining their music geniuses. Thus, Under the Skin was born.
Both highly talented and able to play all the instruments necessary, Angie and Yann became a duet group and began working on the Under the Skin EP. Composing together, the two truly balance each other creatively in the writing area. For live performances, the group recruits 3 other members to perform drums and guitars.
How would you describe your music?
Angie: We are an alternative rock band… sometimes more pop, sometimes more rock. We don’t try to be something or to sound like someone, we just make music, the one that we love.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Angie: I was in the same band than Yann for 7 years (2007-2014). When this band (Wishes) split up, I had enough! So I’ve started to work alone and tried to found my own sound. I didn’t wanted to be involved in something where you have to convince or to hear the opinion of 4 or 5 musicians.
But Yann and me are very close friends, so naturally I made him listen to my songs, and he did the same… we have decided to work together again because we wanted the same things and most of all, we knew what we did not want anymore..
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Angie: I’ve got a big range of influences, from Janis Joplin to Florence + the machine, from Tool toRadiohead… I can’t say that they are my musical heroes but I respect them and their work a lot. Yann is like me I think, except that I am his only musical hero, Ha ha!, I’m kidding. He loves people like Michael Jackson, Mike Patton, but also bands like Incubus.. they are really important for him as a musician.
What inspires you?
Angie: Life. It could be a song that you listen, a movie, a friend… anything.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Angie: We don’t write in studio, We go in studio with the songs done at 96% because of our way to work… so the only things we do in studio are some arrangements. But we can have an idea everywhere, sometime when I walk I’ve got a melody that jump in my head, I make a memo on my phone and then I work on it when I can… Yann does the same… then we record it on our computer, together or not…
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Angie: I really love ‘State Of Mind’, this song is not out yet, we are going to release it soon. It’s a very energetic song, with a message behind, I really like it.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Angie: mmm… Incubus? Or the Foo fighters , a big stadiums tour through the US.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Angie: We are in the music industry for more than 20 years now, and we have seen a lot of things at least in France. I feel that it’s more and more complicated to play for a band; Now you have to rent the room, and do everything to fill it. Communication, flyers, advertising, tickets… soon we’ll have to make also the security, and of course don’t expect to have money!! It’s like no one cares! Of course there are still places really cool, but they are hard to find. There is also a problem with people that don’t buy music anymore… they stream it… at the end money goes in the pockets of the people that work the less. We have to be very passionate to keep making music nowadays!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Angie: One of the funniest was when Yann and I have been stucked and lost in the snow in the middle of the night after a gig… it was also mystical because we have seen a silver fox, staring at us while we were trying to drive. The bra rain’s at an other show was also really funny. The bra stuck on Yann’s guitar made me laugh so hard that we were barely able to finish the song.
What are your future plans?
Angie: We are working on the booking so I hope we are going to play a lot. We are also working on our next video clip, for a new song. So join us on Facebook to be inform of everything… and we make sometimes funny videos from ‘behind the band’, so that’s worth it.