Stereo Off, in their words, is an “Electro Rock” band with synthwave leanings. But there’s more to their sound that synths and chill vocals. Fore example, the slick saxophone on “Sunsetting” is very pleasing. Overall, their music is poppy, yet relaxed.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
S: It’s pretty varied but definitely 80s and 90s rock, r&b and dance genres. Tears for Fears, Sáde, Chemical Brothers and Depeche Mode to name a few.
N: A lot of all decades, but yes influenced by 80s and 90s in particular, perhaps more on the indie rock side though.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
S: Not so much right now but I produced a lot of hip-hop music. I think if you know us not a lot would surprise you. We grew up on Aretha Franklin and UK punk. Cyberwave, Synthwave and subgenres are my latest obsession.
N: I occasionally listen to stuff that suprises [sic] me when I like it. I’ve had a phase being into just about all types of music except perhaps country. I say that and then someone recommended Sarah Shook and the Disarmers and that’s very country influenced. So there.
- What’s next for the band?
S: Currently we’re writing and recording a full-length LP and in iteration on music videos.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
N: I think it has definately [sic] made it easier to release music. But it has made it harder to stand out because there is so much out there now. And the style of how things are released is less an overall artwork, you forget names of bands you hear, you don’t rate something on cover art, a lot has changed in the last few years.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
N: Technology. Digital surroundings. Street traffic. Random strangers. Vague nights out.
- Can you describe your sound?
S: Electro Rock that that leans toward postpunk and synthwave flavors.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
S: Lifelike, Kavinsky, Roosevelt, Nora En Pure, Van She and Shychild
N: Recent rotation includes the new Karen O and Dangermouse, Bully, Soundcarriers, Swervedriver’s new release
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
S: Started with saxophone when I was 9, added some choir shortly after, later tried DJing and then made hip-hop for years, it’s always been a passion.
N: I feel like I was born into it, it was always a big part of my life since I was a child. But I did not have the courage to even think of starting a band till late teenage years. Before that I’d just write songs and not tell anyone.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
S: I write and produce most of it in demo form and usually add a scratch vocal. Often, I leave out the baseline so Niall can jump in, sometimes we write the guitars together as well. Then we go back and do overdubs and refine everything. We write a lot of the bridges and changes together as the song iterates and then we work together on voicings for live versions.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
S: The one we’re working on now, but I really like “III” the previous EP.
N: Yes, the next one.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
S: Hall and Oates
N: Nirvana, Queen & Prince
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
S: I like both approaches; as a fan I was always getting albums based off the singles, that’s what you heard and knew about. It’s not that different now with top 40 radio, same type of machine. With indie stuff it’s 100 percent singles though, which is fine, but you miss some surprises.
N: I get why it’s happening but do think that albums are somewhat forgotten. There are songs which while forgettable by themselves, make or break an album, they may even define it. An album is like an overall story, a single is just a scene and sequence within.