Q and As with Nantes

Having burst onto the scene after winning the Triple J Unearthed Parklife competition, Nantes have gone from strength to strength, releasing a new EP, doing loads of touring and have an album not far away. We caught up with David to suss out what 2013 had in store for Nantes.

First up, who are Nantes and how did you guys come end up forming the band?  

NANTES STARTED OFF WITH MYSELF (DAVID) WRITING SOME MUSIC, WHICH THEN EVOLVED INTO A BAND TO RECORD THE MUSIC, NOW WE ARE A DUO, JOSIAH AND I.

Why are you guys called Nantes? Are you big fans of the French city or is there more to it than that?

UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO REAL DEEP MEANING BEHIND THE CHOOSING OF THE NAME, WE JUST NEEDED SOMETHING AND THAT WAS THE BEST NAME OF THE THOUSAND WE THOUGHT OF, AND WE PRONOUNCE IT DIFFERENTLY TO THE ACTUAL PROVINCES PRONUNCIATION, WHICH HASN’T MADE IT EASY FOR ANYONE TO GRASP.

You burst onto the scene by winning Triple Js Unearthed comp a couple of years back. What was it like to actually win? Did you think Nantes was ever going to get as big as it is?

YEAH I FREAKED OUT WHEN I GOT THE PHONE CALL, I WAS SO NERVOUS WHEN I WAS SPEAKING TO THE LADY WHO CALLED AND TOLD US WE HAD WON THE UNEARTHED PARKILIFE COMP, IT WAS SO UNEXPECTED, SEEING AS WE ONLY THREW THE TRACKS ONTO THE UNEARTHED WEBSITE AS AN EASY WAY OF SHARING IT WITH OUR FRIENDS

You have been playing a fair few shows this year, any favourites that stand out? Who has been your favourite support act of the year? 

TOURING THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN, AND ID HAVE TO SAY THE SHOWS WE PLAYED WITH MILLIONS AND NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE STAND OUT, GREAT BUNCH OF DUDES AND REAL GOOD TIMES.

Say somebody stumbles across you guys playing a live set. How are they going to describe your sound to their mates. What other comments might they make?

THESE GUYS NEED PRACTICE

Which bands have had the biggest influence on your sound?

SOME OF THE BANDS THAT REALLY INFLUENCE US WOULD BE BANDS LIKE; AIR, ARCADE FIRE, JOY DIVISION, THE SMITHS, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, SONIC YOUTH

Is there a single creative genius responsible for your new songs, or do you guys write as a team?

ONCE AGAIN I HAVE BEEN ON TOP OF THE WRITING, AND I WOULDN’T CALL IT GENIUS.

Nantes have released two new singles this year, is there a shiny big release around the corner? Also you released a remix EP for ‘Unsatisfy’, what prompted you guys to take that route?

WE ARE GETTING OUR DEBUT ALBUM READY! ACTUALLY MIXING THE THING THIS WEEK.

THE UNSATISFY EP WAS JUST A GOOD WAY TO PUT SOMETHING OUT THERE, IM A BIG FAN OF CONSTANTLY RELEASING MUSIC, AND THE REMIX EP WORKED WELL IN THAT SENSE AND GAVE US A CHANCE TO SHOW A FEW DIFFERENT ASPECTS/POSSIBILITIES WITH THE DIFFERENT PRODUCERS/MIXERS WORKING ON THE REMIXES.

Your touring for the rest of 2012, any shows you’re particularly keen for?

WE’RE JUST EXCITED TO PLAY, ITS BEEN A LITTLE WHILE BETWEEN SHOWS AND NOW WE HAVE A WHOLE NEW CREW PLAYING WITH US, THE 3RD INCARNATION OF NANTES, AND WE’RE KEEN TO GET THE VIBES OUT THERE.

What does 2013 promise to have in store for Nantes?

OUR DEBUT ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED AND HOPEFULLY A LOT OF TOURING, HERE AND OVERSEAS!

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