Indie/electronic duo Fliiis aren’t wasting any time with getting their ball rolling, after previously both being in a Indie band Daniel and Jarred have now formed a duo, they have also taken on multi-instrumental roles, alongside production duties in their DIY home studio.
The guys mainly Daniel were kind enough to answer some questions for us check out the interview below!
Where did the name Fliiis come from?
We were really struggling to think of a name for the band, me and Jazz were on the phone to each other thinking of ideas when a fly flew into Jazz’s head and he was just like ‘I hate flies man’. It kinda just stuck from there. It felt natural, the spelling is due to the fact we want our own identity and I feel that the formation of the letters has helped with that.
How did you first meet?
We met through friends and family whilst I was studying at University and it quickly became apparent that we both had an affinity for the same form of art and creation. We’ve been in previous band’s together, but for some reason me and Jazz have always been the core, so that’s why Fliiis was started as a two piece – we don’t really work well with anyone else.
Which song was the most difficult to write?
None, all our songs have come about fluidly and if a song isn’t working then we just leave it and move on. We have a really organic way of working together that means we’re not thinking about it too rationally, it just happens.
How hard has it been to get your music noticed?
It’s so hard, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing because it makes you strive to be better. But at the same time, I think it’s extremely detrimental to young artist because a load of bands nowadays are so obsessed with social media and their ‘internet following’ that they forget that it’s simply about creating sound to connect with another person’s thoughts and feelings. That might be a little bit of a clouded view of the industry, but I would hate to lose sight of the reason we started making music just to get noticed. I personally started because I can’t survive if I’m not making music, and I guess getting noticed has been just a nice perk on top of our ability to just create.
Tell us a random fact about each band member.
Jazz cleans his car when he’s stressed out because he finds it therapeutic and I’m obsessed with Danish Pastry. I eat so much of it. Oh, and we have a cat called Fliii.
Describe Fliiis in three words.
Bsey, Vintage and Romantic
If you could play at any venue in the world where would it be and why?
We recently went to see our friends in O>L>A play their soundtrack to Ron Fricke’s ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ live in front of a screening of the movie in an old, small theatre space in Scalford to a tiny audience. It was incredible and we both said it’d be special to play in a space like that. It just had so much character and felt really dramatic and intimate.
If you could go on tour with any band/artist who would it be and why?
Oh god, I don’t think we could pick just one. There’s so many. We’d love to tour with Foals because they look like a lot of fun, but then again we’d probably like to tour with someone like The Human League or Depeche Mode because then we’d be able to sneakily do and fiddle with all their synths. That’d be great.
Describe each band member in one word.
Jazz said he’d describe me as determined, which is far nicer than what I thought he’d say! and I’d have to describe Jazz as loyal. I’ve never met anyone more committed to me as a friend that Jazz. If I had to describe us as a pair in one word it’d probably have to be unhealthy thought.
What has been the best gig you have played?
We’ve had a lot of fun at all of our shows, but I’d say a favourite few were probably at FALLOW CAFE, MCR with Meadowlark and O>L>A because the reception was our first packed out show, Tramlines Festival in Sheffield because we literally rocked up just us and got a great reception, Oxjam Festival, MCR because the meaning was special and we got to play with a tonne of awesome new artists (check out Inland Taipan, she’s like a more aggressive Kate Bush) and the NMC event for Scruff of the Neck Records at The Pen and Pencil, MCR, because it had such a community fell to it. I honestly couldn’t pick out of those. The reception we’ve received at all of our shows has been overwhelming, but those shows just had something else to them.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We have a few shows lined up in Stafford and Manchester with CASSIA and Native People, and we’ll be dropping our next single at some point, but mainly we’ll just be plugging away at it. Oh, and we’re going to enjoy the winter before it gets too hot and uncomfortable again.
If Fliiis had to be remembered for one thing what would it be?
I don’t know. We’d hope to be remembered for the honesty in our music, but realistically I’d probably say an odd fashion sense.
What is a typical day/week like for you?
Wake up, play with our cat, drink too much coffee, think of ways to take over the world, fail, eat loads of junk food, smoke some cigarettes, play some music and get a minimum of an hours sleep. We live together so it’s kind become a ritual.
Do you have a pre-show ritual?
I’d love to say something cool, but usually we just hide away and pray everything goes ok. We’re actually really reclusive, so before shows we like to just be in each other’s company.
What advise would you give a small band that were trying to make it?
Don’t fake it. There are so many bands out there that try to be someone else. Nirvana already exist so we don’t need another one. I think the music industry is a self perpetuating place. It forces band’s to conform and in doing that, We’ll never have another Prince or Bowie or Michael Jackson. Which is sad. I’d just say be yourselves and love what you do. Too much weight it put on making it or getting Radio 1 play. You’ve just got to win now, because there’s no pay off. There’s no prize. Just death. So you’ve got to kinda win at life now, and for a musician I can only see that being possible be being true to yourself.
What do you think makes you stand out from other bands?
Honesty? I think to find band’s that stand really stand out, you’ve got to look below the surfaces. Away from mainstream radio and Instagram followers. I think one of the standout musicians of our generation is Archy Marshall, and you never hear him on social media. But he standout because he’s honest. I’d like to think we have that, because we don’t follow trends, we’re not trying to pull of this recent resurgence of grunge or shoegaze that seems to be the flavour of the month, We are who we are and we just exist, and I think a lot has to be said for that.
Do you have any funny/interesting gig stories you can share with us?
We’re heavily electronic and we rely on our equipment working, Of course we have fairly stable systems in place but trusting electronic equipment always has its risks, and at one show the DI box that we were running our MIDI controller through broke and when Jazz took to it for Nothing But The Night it just distorted and sounded like someone was farting through the speakers. We sorted it out and laughed it off and in retrospect I can fully imagine the audience being like ‘What the fucks going on? Is this some sort of weird piece of serialism?’. We laugh about it when we think about it.
What has been the most random thing a fan has done to you at a gig?
We woke up one morning to a tag on Instagram by a dude over in South Africa who had illustrated an image of us. He’s a really cool graphic designer and musician over there, so it was awesome to wake up to that and know that someone that far away has taken enough of an interest in us to commit us into his art. That and the fact that somebody sent us a picture of her laptop background and it was our faces. We’d love to say people at our shows are equally as eccentric but our fans always seem very chill and just want to chat with us, and we’re cool with that. It’s a nice feeling after a frantic show.
If you could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life what would you pick and why?
Jazz says Dare by The Human League and Total Life Forever by Foals but he can’t think of a third! I’m personally going to have to say Prince’s Purple Rain, Glassworks by Philip Glass and Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol. I think that gives me a pretty varied emotional palette to draw on.
Final question if you could write a song or collaborate with any band/artist who would you pick and why?
Honestly anyone. I don’t really care as long as the creative process is exciting and reciprocal. But, in an ideal world it’d have to be either Philip Glass or Devonte Hynes. Philip Glass is a hero of mine and an absolute genius in the contemporary/minimalism world, and Hynes is the absolute master of melody in today’s musical climate. I think we’d do something really interesting and cool with both of them. Reckon you could send this interview to them? They might agree.
By Siân Parker