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Most of the members of Arkade met whilst studying music at Exeter College between 2001 and 2003. Stay With Me is their Devon Demo and they're waiting to hear what you think of the band's music.
Q: What's the history of Arkade?
Since then we have separated into various colleges and universities across the county. Jon and Fliss are both studying music degrees at Birmingham Conservatoire whilst Olmo and Eddie are studying jazz at Middlesex University.
Stuart is currently studying and teaching guitar in Exeter and Joe - the organiser of the band - is studying Music Technology at Rose Bruford College in Kent.
The band reformed in the summer of 2005 under the name Arkade. We were inspired by Joe's ambition to play funk music again after a memorable funk gig we did with Exeter College a couple of years ago at The Phoenix.
We asked Louise Lloyd, an opera singer from Birmingham Conservatoire to join the band and also local trumpet player Aaron, who also studies at Birmingham.
We then got down to writing songs for the band, recording an EP and planning our opening gig.
Q: Where did the name Arkade come from?
Q: Which three words best describe your music?
Q: What's the name of the track you've chosen to demo and what's the story behind it?
"I began with the opening riff (which some people think sounds like a children's TV theme!) and then worked out a smooth chord progression. The melody followed soon after.
"I admit to not being the world's best lyricist though!"
Q: What do you think of the current music scene?
Q: What has been your most memorable gig and why?
The audience were lively and supportive. We had a huge screen with great graphics which gave the place a real atmosphere.
We all enjoyed it so much because it was the gig we had all been working so hard together for, throughout the summer. It was also the release night for our debut EP which sold well.
Q: Whose records do you have in your collection?
Q: If you could have three guests to dinner (fictional or factual, dead or alive) who would you invite and why?
Then maybe one of the early jazz musicians so they could share tales of the early jazz scene in America.
Q: Complete the sentence; "When we become famous..."
Q: Arkade - in your own words...
Our songs are well crafted and catchy. We're not a pop band, not a jazz band, not even a funk band - but a mixture of the three!
The different tastes in the band mixed together have given the band its original sound, but one we feel would still appeal to mass audience. We are in this for fun and love of music.
Whether this band makes it or not, we will all undoubtedly be playing music for the rest of our lives. Whether we become famous or not is not really a priority, although it certainly would be great to do massive gigs.
last updated: 04/07/2008 at 14:17