Emerging Artists #11 – Detroit Social Club

September 29, 2010 by  

Having started off as one guy in his bedroom bedroom posting up songs on Myspace, Detroit Social Club’s ascent from bedroom rockers to supporting Oasis on their last ever headline show has been quick to say the least. Now signed to Polydor, main man David Burn sat down to answer our usual questions…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

We are all from Newcastle and Sunderland and we decided to make music because we thoroughly enjoy and are inspired by it. I started the project by myself in a little humble studio and put some songs up on Myspace, then we got a few labels and managers interested in the music, and at that point I still hadn’t formed the band. From my studio I used to record local bands, and one of them had a couple of members I thought were very talented and asked if they wanted to be in the band. The other members are mates who I used to sit and get high with at parties and listen to loads of Guns’N’Roses and Led Zeppelin with. So we did our first gig and practised loads and our manager was their and he loved it and so snapped us up, but our label wasn’t their at the first gig, I should ask them why! It’s for our love of music that we decided that we would make this our career.

How long did it take you to decide on your sound/direction, and what was behind the decision?

It didn’t take any time at all because there was no conscious decision made, I don’t think you can sit down and decide ‘how do I want to sound?’, it was just me in a room and my early demo’s were a product of who I was listening to at the time, for example Neil Young. When we got together as a band the sound we made was a culmination of all our influences and thats the only way you can make any music that is genuine, otherwise it would become dis-genuine and fake, thats the problem with music at the minute.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

We are using some API 34 21 +’s Pre Amps, they where recommended by a few sites and a guy we work with a lot. They sound fantastic, its very easy to get great guitar sounds with them. I’ve also just brought a couple of Wonder CM7 Mic’s with K67 Capsules. They are a remodelling of the old Neumann U-67’s, all handmade, I’ve got a pair of them just to get this amazing ambient room like warmth.

I also have a T-73 pre-amp which is used for vocals and base. I’ve got a Neumann U-87 microphone, which is the standard, everyone should have one. And that’s it! Unfortunately I was brought up on the digital technology, in terms of recording stuff we rely quite a bit on the plug-ins that we have got, and we have quite an extensive plug in collection.

Where your first show and what was was it like?

Our first show was at a place called ‘The Rooms’ in Newcastle. It was mental because I had been putting music MySpace for 6-8 months and quite a bit of hype had been gathering around Newcastle about the band. We had been put in a magazine as a band to watch out for in 2008, which is mental considering I wasn’t really in a band and was doing it in my spare time. So by the time I came out to do the first gig, people had heard bits and bobs and read about us in magazines and heard I had got the band together. I deliberately did it a bit hush hush but at the same time trying to stoke some fire around us locally. The result of that was the first gig and around 350 people turned up which for a new band is crazy. We had 3 labels and management companies down so it was very intense, we had only done 6 songs, but it all went really well.

What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was that like?

The Oasis gig at Bridlington, it was a warm up for their V Festival Slot last year (2009) and it actually ended up being the last ever Oasis headline show, so that was probably the highest profile one we have done. It doesn’t get much bigger than that, unless you play the MTV Awards. I didn’t realise because at the time we had so much going on with recording the album and all that sort of stuff, i’ll always remember it was my mates who were more excited that we were playing with Oasis and it’s only recently that I’ve had the chance to sit and think about it. It’s something ill be able to talk about when I’m 70 with the grandkids.

How do you get around when you’re touring?

I would love to say in a really nice sleeper-bus but unfortunately the budget restricts us to what can only be described as a transit van with some chairs in. So when you do a full tour, its a nightmare, for example we recently toured germany and each drive was 6-7 hours a day and by the end we were all very sick of that van!

What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

What we are playing a lot of the new Arcade Fire album at the minute, which is mint. I love them, they are absolutely class. Apart from that Im listening to the Flaming Lips chronologically because I’ve only really got into it the over the last year.

What was the first record you bought?

The first record I brought was Crowded House – Recurring Dream, it was like a best off – I remember it was the first CD I brought, so around 91-92.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

The industry is what it is because of what people buy, and because of what society in general states. The industry is a servant to the people it is selling to. If I had to change one thing it would be there being less capitalistic regions for everything. It’s daft I know because it’s a business, but it would be nice to think more people were less worried about financial gain.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

We are just a bunch of lad who play very passionately and work very hard, and I think that comes across in our live shows. I don’t think we have ever done a show where we haven’t given 110%. The live shows also sound a little different to the recording, it’s a lot more full on and that surprises people.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

I would probably say The Stone Roses, because I remember when I was growing up my step father was into all that stuff. I don’t know if its actually a desire for them to reunite or for it just to be 1990 again!

Final question, what’s coming up next for the band?

We are off on tour in October, from the 6-16th, so we are looking forward to that. The festivals have been amazing, have filled every tent we played in so it will be interesting to see how that transcends into our own gigs because this is the first tour after the album has been released.

Detroit Social Club @ Myspace


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