Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Isaac Anderson, United Kingdom, 1995
Chris Barber, United Kingdom, 1994
Mike Groves, United Kingdom, 1991
I didn’t know the other two back when we were kids so I can’t speak for them – but my childhood was pretty normal for a boy growing up in the UK in the noughties. There was a fair amount of music involved, probably hence why I’m here writing this!
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
‘Fast Car To Florence’ doesn’t really mean anything in particular. It was a phrase that just popped into my head one day and ended up being the winning choice of band name out of a couple of different suggestions. There were a few events that happened as the band started that may have subconsciously influenced the choice – I passed my driving test, bought my first car, and went on holiday to Italy – but I couldn’t say for certain. Sometimes it’s best not to over-analyse stuff too much.
The three of us were all working as full time session musicians when the band came together. Prior to the band forming we’d all been touring with other artists for a good few years, and this has been incredibly helpful in navigating the first tricky few steps in getting a new band off the ground.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
Babyface Stranger is a song I wrote a few years ago that explores the concept of rejection. It’s not quite as black and white as ‘I’ve been rejected, therefore, I’m sad and angry!’ but it’s more about forcing yourself to get over it – realising the fact that in the scheme of things, it doesn’t ACTUALLY matter and therefore realising the pointlessness of getting hung up on it. Life goes on. I took those feelings and created a massively overdramatic, over the top, satirical representation of how you feel when you face rejection – partly for self-protection but mostly just to take the piss out of myself. I wanted to keep it open to interpretation – the narrative could be addressing a love interest, a friend, an opportunity. It’s a rock track with an indie edge and a dash of Disney-esque strings.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I could be here for days talking about the negative moments whereas the ups could probably be counted on one hand… But no one needs that! Anyone that’s experienced the music business knows that it’s a brutally unforgiving environment. All I’ll say is that we’re incredibly lucky that people have so much as given us the time of day. We’re grateful for anyone that listens to even a couple of seconds of one of our tracks.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
Babyface Stranger was recorded and produced completely by the band. It was mixed by our good friend Natt Webb at RatCat Studios and mastered by JP Braddock at Formation Audio in Nottingham. Like most other small bands’ releases it was a hugely low-budget operation but we’re so happy with how it turned out.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We’ve all been musically involved since we were old enough to be able to do so, and have been active within the industry for the majority of our adult lives. It’s our bread and butter and for me personally, the only thing I’m really any good at.
The goal for us isn’t to be the biggest band in the world, nor to be mega rich or super famous. Too many bands are dead set on conquering the world right from the off, but to me that’s just an ego thing. It’s a fairly unexciting answer but as long as people are enjoying our music, and we’re comfortable and happy creating it, that’s more than ideal.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I think a lot of our songs address the challenges of taking on the world at that awkward transitional stage in your late teens/twenties. Your relationships, friendships, family life and career are constantly changing and it can be a pretty uncertain and scary time. Our songs are really about all of the individual obstacles presented by that period of your life, a subject which (I hope) a lot of people can relate to.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
If only I had it figured out. I suppose you can’t go wrong with big hooky choruses. And if you’re gonna steal stuff from other people then do it discreetly. (Don’t do that).
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Thank you for listening, we hope you don’t get bored of us any time soon…
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Keep writing. All it can take to launch someone’s career is one good song. Write write write! Oh and keep an eye out for sharks. Too many people try to exploit young musicians (speaking from experience) so make sure you don’t get caught out.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Ask us again in a few years and hopefully we’ll be able to provide a more exciting answer! Babyface Stranger is the second of two singles that we’ve released since the band formed at the start of this year. I suppose we’re not really in much of a position to have an impact on mainstream press but the reaction online has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so grateful for that. We go out on our first mini tour of the UK this December, visiting London, Nottingham and Manchester, and have many, many more tours planned for 2018. We love touring.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
I suppose special thanks is due to Dean Jackson and the BBC Introducing team in Nottingham for airing our first track, English Skin, last month. They’re wicked. And I guess that now would be a great time to give a shout out to Broadtube Music Channel for inviting us to do this interview. Thanks guys!
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Both of the singles we’ve released this year were produced and recorded completely independently by the three of us as a band. Recording is usually fairly straightforward as the songs are normally 100% finalised well ahead of the start of the process.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
‘Idols’ is probably a fairly extravagant term! But some of our biggest influences include Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, The Killers, The Police, and Fall Out Boy amongst many others.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
No collaborations yet. I suppose we’d have to see what opportunities present themselves. Never say never…
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Facebook: Fast Car To Florence
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Our music is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, SoundCloud and any other platform you could think of. For those with deep pockets who actually spend money on music (shocker) we’re on iTunes Google Play, Amazon, etc. No physical CDs yet but that may change soon…