Hi Cave Painting! Let's start with the name of the band, why did you choose
The names conjures up images of a primal time, maybe even a simplicity. There's also elements of tribal influence in our music, ultimately it just made sense at the time.
Why do you make music and what does it mean for you?
I think we've all made music for a long time as a band and also individually, it's something we are passionate about, and it's a massive privilege to be making music as a career.
Your song “Nickel“ it's stunning! What’s the story behind it?
Thank-you, "Nickel" was one of the songs that really came together whilst in the process of recording the album, it's probably the most unusual song we play as it consists of 3 separate sections rather than verses and choruses.
Is There a link between your first compositions (“So Calm”, “Leaf”, etc) and your debut album “Votive Life”?
Both "So Calm" and "Leaf" were practically the first songs we wrote as Cave Painting, it feels like they set a tone for the rest of the album and a sense of direction.
Your music creates a very intimate and emotional mood, sometimes it sound quite “tropical”. Do you agree?
Yeah I think there are elements of that, mainly due to some of the instrumentation that was used on the album, Sam sampled an African Balafon, which he'd acquired from his Mum's travels, it features heavily throughout "Gator"
If it was up to you, how would you define your sound?
I like the words you've used in the previous question, lets go with intimate/emotional soundscape pop.
Talking about the compositions of your songs: how and where they born? Do you have a favourite one?
Initially a lot of the basic ideas come from Sam writing keyboard parts which we then build on in the studio, I think there may be a couple of different choices here, but I'll opt for "Rio"
What genres and artists influenced your music the most?
With there being 5 of us there's a healthy mixture of influences, we're big fans of bands like "The National" and more recently "Efterklang" bands that in our eyes make beautiful music.
You come from Brighton, England. What do you think about the music coming from your country and how how do you see yourself in relation to them?
I think England has always been in a strong position musically and now as much as ever, we recently supported Alt-J on tour a band that are really flying the flag for British music at the moment. Brighton itself is full of musicians and bands, which makes it a great place to be.
What's your favourite artist and song?
Not this question! it doesn't always stay the same but for now let's go with, favourite artist - Bon Iver, and favourite song by a different artist would be 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young.
Who do you think are the most relevant musicians nowadays and who are you listening to the most?
As mentioned earlier Alt-J seem pretty relevant at the moment, I guess it always depends it what context, we've been listening to a lot of "Kendrick Lamar" in fact it's often the soundtrack to our time on the road lately.
How much does the live element matter in your music? In many reviews it is said that your concerts are full of epic atmosphere, what do youthink about it?
I'd say it's quite possibly the most important element, nothing really comes close to playing your music live infront of a crowd, it feels like the final stage of the creative process and that makes it's massively important. I think as we progress as a band we would love and plan to build on the visual elements of our live performances.
If you could pick an artist or a band to play with on a stage, who would you choose?
Another tough question....... Jay Z
What do you think about the music industry nowadays? Wanna talk us about your experience with the labels?
I think it's a tough place to be as an alternative act in it's relative infancy, it's so important to be with a label that shares your vision of what you want to achieve, and will allow you the time to do it.
What is the message that you'd like to express to the people who listen to your music and what would you like to say to your fans?
Simply put a massive thank-you for supporting us, and hopefully see you when we get to Italy!
And to all the young bands looking for a record deal?
Don't look, just concentrate on creating and playing your music.