Bermuda Bay - Meet the band
Bermuda Bay are an upcoming indie band from Adelaide Australia, who’ve grown up alongside each other - both in music and education. Their latest single ‘Tomorrow Night’ was just recently released following a highly successful period in 2017.
“We started off playing covers of all sorts of bands, Tame Impala, Saskwatch, Bluejuice and more! Then we took a bit of a hiatus until Callum and Koleh started writing a few of their own songs. After jamming these new songs for a bit, we decided to have a name change to Bermuda Bay! Now it's very collaborative but it took some time and a somewhat windy path to get there!”
What musical experience did you all have before the band?
“We were all part of a Special Interest music program at school and through that we learned about and played many different genres of music. We all performed in the school's jazz big band at one stage and played in heaps of other smaller jazz combos, as well as the symphony orchestra and percussion ensemble. We all have quite well rounded musical backgrounds, which we feel comes out in our music.”
You've been making music together since the age of 14, that's pretty young to start a band!
“Well it's never too early to start! Even though we did take a bit of a hiatus, we still played in school bands together all the time! This really got us tight and used to playing together and performing in front of audiences. For each of us music was always a part of our lives, so playing at that age wasn't that unfamiliar.”
What genre would you say defines your music? and who would you note as your major influences?
“Well, we all listen to pretty similar music but we definitely have our favourite digs. We like to think that our differences bring a new sound and that our combined influences almost directly affect our sound. We dig bands like Last Dinosaurs, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bad Bad Not Good, Tame Impala, San Cisco, Childish Gambino, Anderson Paak., The Montreals, Foreign/National. So there's definitely a massive indie vibe with hints of psychedelia. I guess we'd fall under any of those genres. You can decide!”
You've got a really mature and developed sound as a band, is that something you feel you've grown into?
“Absolutely. Like most things, the more you do it the better you get. Our lack of maturity was something we were a bit self-conscious of in the past. We used to have songs that were so different... and not really in a contrasting way. One minute we'd be playing like a folky-shuffle and the next we'd play a rock-esque number with a HUGE guitar solo. It was pretty funny actually. It was when we started focussing more on finding a suitable song worthy of crafting and making it great rather than building a repertoire that we started to find a cohesive sound and gel both aesthetically and sonically.”
Do you feel that being independent places you at a disadvantage, or does social media enable you to fill that gap yourself?
“Yeah we’re independent, so you could say our maximum reach isn’t as big as it could be with formal management behind it. We don’t see it as a disadvantage though. We pull a lot of people through the door at big shows. It’s because there’s a fabulous community here in Adelaide for that kind of stuff. We also have a lot of good mates in other bands who are very supportive. Social media makes a huge difference with that too. Organising and promoting a gig can be done without even meeting the people you’re playing with. We’re now looking to expand our audience and try and grow a bit more so we feel like it won’t be long before we’re ready for some extra help management-wise.”
You’ve played a variety of venues over the years, what's been your favourite so far, and what about that gig was it that stayed in your mind?
“Yeah, we’ve been lucky to play a bunch of pretty nice venues around Adelaide. We always enjoy Jive. It’s friendly, it’s got real character, the people are nice and the sound is always good. Unlike a lot of other venues around town, Jive also puts on all-ages shows, which has been handy for us in terms of bringing friends and family along since we’ve all turned 18 only within the last year or so. A couple of gigs there that stand out were playing with Brisbane band, The Belligerents, and opening for Zen Panda at their EP launch last year. We also really enjoyed playing a small house gig with fellow local band Bromham a couple months ago. That was fun. Nice house, nice people, nice music. Amazing.”
Personality wise, how is the band divided: an organised one, a parent, someone who's always late?
“Yeah we’ve definitely got our own personalities which makes our band dynamic interesting! Kayla would be the godmother, she does a good job making sure none of the boys get out of line. Bless her for that! Tim would be the smartest of the lot, hands down. He always knows what to do...although he has a pretty funny wild side to him. Also, massive MJ fan. Koleh, well he’s the famous one, there’s been many times when people recognise him on the street. It’s like he was made for music. Callum is the wine-addicted polyglot who is known for being late but never missed a train when travelling Europe… he’s still unsure how. Ollie, he’s the mystery man. He could probably beat Eminem in a freestyle rap battle with his massive vocabulary. He’s probably the most interesting of us all, although you’ll have to come to a show and meet him for yourself!”
If you were to organise your dream festival lineup (dead or alive) who would you chose?
“Such a good question!! The headliners would probably be The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson (with an encore set with the Jackson 5), The Smiths, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. Supporting acts would be Tame Impala, Last Dinosaurs, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, D.D Dumbo, MGMT, Mac DeMarco, The Arctic Monkeys, Temples, Serge Gainsbourg, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, BADBADNOTGOOD and Arcade Fire. Local acts would include The Montreals, Zen Panda, Foreign/National, Jesse Davidson Attila My Honey and Chinese New Year. With DJ sets from Daft Punk, Kaytranada and GoldLink.”
What do you feel is the next step for the band, what are you aiming for?
“Next would probably be expanding. Possibly playing one or two shows in Victoria. We’ve got a pretty good base here in Adelaide. We’ve dream of touring around Europe, even if most of the venues are small bars and clubs. It’d just be cool to do it all and not pay a cent for it! We play music because we love it, in the end we will never let that be compromised. At the same time we wanna take it as far as we can. This year we’re hoping do some shows around Victoria and release another couple of singles. We’d love for you all to be a part of the journey!”