Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with post-indie rock band, Before the Drop.
1. How did you get started as a band?
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 it 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.
2. How would you describe your sound?
The band 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. Lots of ambience as well.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Snow Patrol, Mogwai, Angus & Julia Stone, Death Cab for Cutie.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
In one way it helped us a lot. More in the way that internet works. We live far apart from each other, so we use the internet to communicate and even write together. And because of the internet we can get our music much easier in places we would not get.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Rob is the biggest fanboy of Justin Bieber. Twan aspires to be a professional curling player and Marlouk holds the world record for not eating gingerbread on Wednesday.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
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.
You can find out even more about Before the Drop by checking out their Facebook Page.