You’ve probably heard of Walt Disco by now. The Glasgow sextet have been dripping in acclaim since their emergence just a few years ago, taking the country by storm with their flamboyant and defiant take on ‘pop’.
Continuing to defy the norm and create sounds which range all the way from new wave and glam rock to queer modern art-pop, the band have confirmed the release of their debut EP, Young Hard and Handsome, set for release on 30th September via Blood Records.
Fascinated by both their hypnotic image and sound, frontman James Power talked us through the band’s drive to keep creating something new, and accepting that success in the music industry is simply creating the music you love.
Tell us a bit about Walt Disco and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’ve been writing songs since I was maybe 13 or 14, I wasn’t much of a singer back then but lyrics have always been a place to put my thoughts and feelings. I have learnt a lot since then about melody and performance and I’d have to say writing for Walt Disco and with my band mates is genuinely amazing and I feel so lucky I get to do it every week!
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I think just over 2 years ago I decided I definitely didn’t want to be doing anything else, things felt right as I was starting to make the music I’d always wanted to, our songs had messages that I really felt passionate about, and Finlay joined the band. He took over bass playing responsibilities so that I could focus on just my performance, the first gig he played with us felt really special.
What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I think what drives us is the desire to write a song different to what we’ve done before, this pushes us everyday to learn new things.
What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music and being a part of Walt Disco?
I feel like I’ve learnt almost everything about myself in this band. How long have you got?
Is there anything you wish you had known when you first got involved in the music industry?
Two wee pearls of wisdom I’d like to tell my younger self are firstly, success in music is creating the music you love and secondly, the artist is the most important part of the music industry.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Glasgow?
The Joy Hotel, Lizzie Reid, and Medicine Cabinet are all great!
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I’d love to do a tour of Asia visiting Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea. In terms of rider; Champagne, a hot meal, and any beer apart from Fosters or Carling.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Howl’s Moving Castle! The film is so so beautiful so there would be so much scope for the music to be wonderfully cinematic.
Where do you want to be as a band this time in 2021?
I mean, hopefully playing gigs again... and we should have finished writing and recording our album by then. So that’s very exciting.