How would you describe your music?
Before The Drop is a post-indie piece played by musicians with a background in more heavy music. You can feel the tension to play the shit out of these songs, while they require us to play controlled. It rings through in the music. The double vocals in it give an extra depth, adding to that tension.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
It all started with just a two week surge of chai latte overdose induced inspiration from our guitar player Maarten, from which basically the fundamentals of a whole album sprung.. Maarten contacted Twan (drums) and myself (Rob, guitar/vocals) to play bass. Initially more vibed as an
instrumental project, we all soon decided the music asked for female vocals, which became Marlouk (keys/vocals) who brought some sweet vocal lines to the table. When I started singing along, I switched from bass to guitar allowing me to focus more on singing.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
As I said, we all have a background in the more heavy stuff, so it really ranges from bands like Faith No More, Pantera and (for some of us) even 80’s hair metal to bands like Mogwai, Oscar and the wolf or Angus & Julia Stone. Asides from the obvious K-pop of course ��
What inspires you?
Hey man, what not? Basically everything that happens in life has a song in it, it’s more how you say it then what you say. You can sometimes feel yourself slipping into smothering depression because a chair is lumpy and the other day you’ll read a book which lifts you up. Everything is connected and can have a deep and profound meaning. Or, just, not.. The songs mean something different to us all, and even for me it changes by the day.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
This EP were recording now is our first, so what works for us is that Maarten writes a core structure of the song.. Then, as a band we add layers and toss it around some. This process we do mostly together, but if one of us has a sudden insight, we just use logic to add ideas to the songs..
What is your favourite song to perform live?
This band hasn’t been playing these songs yet, as we are a new group. From what we’ve done until now, the current release ‘one chance’ surely would be high up there!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I love to play outside, a nice festival tour with every now and then a small club, I really like the connection with the crowd on these no barrier stages.. Ultimately with another band, taking turns in headlining and a spot for local talent as opener..
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Through all the changes it has been, I think it will develop more and more into self-managed bands, who use small, independent labels for some digital and physical distribution. With everybody at least knowing somebody that can make a webstore, more and more matters will be taken into own hands. But targeting your audience will always be the challenge.. Mainstream radio will forever have a big influence and that’s fine I guess, but it’s not the only way.. As a band you’ll have to really figure out a
strategy and keep on working hard, that will never change.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Unfortunately, I have signed to silence with my blood risking the soul of my firstborn if I EVER spill the beans on my night with Justin Bieber
What are your future plans?
We’ve all been playing in bands as long as we can remember, and for most of us, these bands worked out pretty well.. We’ve collectively played all the A-list venues in the Netherlands and some abroad. Also we’ve played at some sweet festivals in the Netherlands (e.g. Pinkpop, Lowlands) and again,
abroad. With this band we plan to do it as a group, as we feel we have something special in our hands here.. Aside the obvious goal of world domination with this band, Twan aspires to be a professional curling player an Marlouk holds the world record for not eating gingerbread on wednesday.