After releasing their third album, “Mr. Spaceman”, Young Lions are on the rise. Having wrapped up their East Coast Confessions Tour just last week, it’s clear the boys from Brisbane are dedicated to making their talents known! Displaying a bucketload of energy for the fans attending mostly sold out shows, Young Lions are obviously an act not to be missed and the appraisal from music industry icons proves that they are destined to be a roaring success from their fusion in 2013. Having received high reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Music about their “arena-ready” sound, it’s no surprise this Brissy band have already charted #3 on iTunes Global and have made themselves known as a band to watch!
During the hustle and bustle of tour life, the lads of Young Lions gave us a peek inside the rockstar life of being kind and working hard! Keep your eyes peeled to gain some solid advice below!
Who was your first musical inspiration? Why? Who inspires you now?
We are all super varied with our musical backgrounds, and that’s really played a big part in our sound over the years. Mostly we loved music that was raw and honest. Zach had a lot of rap influences such as Eminem, then had a big Blink 182 phase. Big Dad-ish influences like Dire Straits and The Beatles played a big part as well. Nowadays we are still all over the shop from Just Like Thieves through to Kanye.
What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
There’s SO much to learn – and you’ll always find yourself learning new things. The best advice we have is to be kind and work hard no matter what level you’re at. Taking a sleeping bag and towel for some camping will save heaps of money too. Try to save hotels for when you can really afford them… we still camp now even though we’re starting to get to that level where we can afford them though. It’s just too much fun.
What has been one of the most defining moments in your career?
The tour for our last album “Mr. Spaceman” was huge for us. We really stepped up production and put our all into it which really paid off. Other than that just meeting people to build a good team around was been imperative. Band life is easy when everyone has a unified goal and works well together.
How has your music practice changed over time?
Less time used more efficiently. Other than that just more time practicing at home then coming together ready to go rather than wasting hours all together learning things from scratch.
My top business tip for new artists is…
Have things well organised and don’t trust that people will do what they promise you. Do the research yourself and be cautiously optimistic rather than blindly trusting people.
My biggest career mistake has been… What would you do differently now?
Choosing support tours that didn’t sell well and spending money where it really wasn’t necessary. Make sure you prioritise things properly and don’t put your music in the hands of people that aren’t as passionate about it as you are. There is SO much you can do yourself in terms of releasing and distributing music so go the extra effort and reap all the rewards. Basically – we would keep on top of finances and spend it wisely if we had our time again.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… What do you think can change that?
The exploitation of shareholders of social media companies is a huge one. There are a lot of huge bands now that wouldn’t have gotten to where they are without classic early social media platforms like Myspace to get them to where they are. Facebook really suppresses reach unless you have ample money to spend – there is a lot of undiscovered talent out there that deserves to be heard. In regards to solving this issue, we’d certainly jump onto a new platform and focus our attention on that if one popped up which will happen at some point!
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