Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with heavy rock band, Prime.
1. How did Prime get started as a band?
Prime started in 2014 as a studio project with the intention of eventually getting a full, reliable band together to play some fast-paced, edgy rock. The first thing we did was to put out an album called Before the After, then we really got cracking on the live shows and played many cities throughout the country and abroad after a few years. We eventually got some really professional sounding singles out from 2016 to present that we’re very proud of: songs like ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ and our penultimate release ‘Jeff Took A Trip’. We’ve decided to wrap up the band with our next single ‘Sorry’, at the end of the Summer.
2. How would you describe your sound?
I think as the band progressed and our lead guitars became more prominent, we focussed on a classic heavy rock sound. Originally we had a more punky and classic pop influence. Now we’ve still got the big bluesy sound but we’ve added different influences like more psychedelic guitar effects and electronic effects and keyboards.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Classic rock like T Rex and Bowie, heavier sounds like Black Sabbath, Led Zep and ACDC, and we’re also into a lot of funkier soul stuff on the Atlantic, Motown and Stax labels, for example. We literally like every genre of music which I think has helped our sound stay fresh over the 6 years we were recording.
4. Has the rise of YouTube and music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
You have to say it’s a help as it gets your sound around the world: we have followers in America, India, Australia, Europe, so for that it’s brilliant. And we’ve really took advantage of YouTube with our creative visuals over the past few years, for example the official video to ‘Jeff Took A Trip’ was a murder story. However, you have to be more creative about how you make money from music these days, as there’s low royalties with streaming (especially with Spotify) and a lot more competition out there for people’s money.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I’m into world film a lot, especially the classics and independent movies. I’ve finished a screenplay, so I’m hoping that will be something I can get into more as the years progress, now that I have stopped playing live.
6. What are your future plans musically?
Like I just mentioned I would love to get involved in films, and one element of that would be soundtracks. I’m envisioning a bluesy sound with lots of electronic vibes, maybe no lead vocals! Who knows. That’s the beauty of the future, you can do anything.