Formed back in 2012, Scottish four-piece The Phantoms have earned quite a reputation for their energy-fuelled live shows. Now, releasing their new single Shadows – out on 21st April 2017 – they look set to take the rest of the UK by storm.
The quartet has already supported Catfish And The Bottlemen and We Were Promised Jetpacks, as well as playing Isle Of Wight Festival and selling out King Tuts in Glasgow. Having also received widespread airplay from the likes of Radio X, The Phantoms are fast becoming one of Scotland’s most exciting prospects.
In this interview spotlight, we speak with The Phantoms about influences, the new project, navigating the digital music world and more.
Full Q&A along with links and a stream of Shadows below.
Let’s dive a little deeper into You, the artist and your music. What attracted you to this genre(s) or style(s)?
I just wanted to write massive songs. I wanted my songs to fill stadiums and not sound out of place. There aren’t enough of them kind of songs
What led you into this journey with music? And further, what drives you to push it out to the public?
I found it hard to find this sort of music. I wanted some soaring stadium rock; there hasn’t been anything like this since Kasabian or the Artic monkeys. Nothing that’s really jumped out.
Who or what influences your creativity? Have your tastes in music changed over time?
Kasabian, Foals, Oasis, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Joy Divison. I’ve always adored these bands, they’ll always be my influences. However I always put my ear to new music, so I guess my taste is every changing.
Were you trying to accomplish anything specific on this new project? Creatively or otherwise?
Trying to take it to another level. Just trying to find something a bit out there and different. We went to the studio with an open mind. What we created felt good.
What was the last song you listened to?
Slowdive – Star Roving
Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?
CD’S because you can hold it and it feels real. Plus you can fit them in your back pocket.
How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?
Spotify; it’s a massive network and you find yourself getting lost in music and finding new bands.
Other than the digital era overwhelming us with access to an abundance of music, what is the biggest challenge you face when trying to connect with or find new fans?
Social media is competitive right now. It is full of new bands and music, so it’s trying to capture people to take that 30 seconds to listen to you.
Where is the best place to connect with you online? Discover more music?
Anything else you’d like to add before signing off?
Nooo I am all good, thank you for your time