AXLS consist of Vic, Chris and Conrad. They are an electronic trio formed in 2018 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Their music is an odyssey of electronica, cool synths, heavenly vocals and low-slung bass. They take influence from old school electro like Kraftwerk and The Human League, mixed with modern bands like CHVRCHES and LCD Soundsystem”.
We got a chance to ask Vic some questions, here’s what she had to say.
How did you all meet?
“I had recently got into music production and was looking to collaborate with other artists. I knew of a website called ‘Join My Band’, so put up an ad looking for people who wanted to make electronic music. As luck would have it, I ended up speaking to Conrad and we started work on what is now known as ‘Alone’, from our debut album ‘First Contact’. It was only supposed to be a one-off project but the more we worked on it, the more we wanted to keep going. It was then that Conrad mentioned being friends with this Chris guy, who had just bought himself a very fancy looking synthesizer. We asked Chris to come along to a writing session and the rest was history. From the very first meeting we just worked so well together”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“My mam is massively into her music and would always be listening to bands like The Human League and Cocteau Twins when I was growing up. I would like to think this sparked something in me as I still love those bands and their sound is a big inspiration for our music.
In my school days, artists like Skrillex, Nero and deadmau5 rose to popularity. I think that was when I really started to get into that electronic sound which I so love”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“Singing is always something I’ve been interested in, but I hadn’t done much about it. When I got into music production back in 2018, I knew I wanted to work with others so we could bounce ideas off each other and create a more polished, fuller sound. Bands like Nero, CHVRCHES and The 1975 were all inspirations to me.
I always thought that the idea of performing live with a band is so much more enjoyable too – less nerve-racking and more let’s just have a good time up there”.
What has been your best gig?
“One gig which really sticks in my mind as being amazing was when we played a ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ show at The Globe in Newcastle. We played alongside The Floral Detectives, Holy Braille and Sapien Trace, and the atmosphere was just incredible. It was a small venue, so we just had a good laugh and enjoyed the music. I was blown away by the other artists (especially Holy Braille, who are out of this world amazing!) and felt we also put on a really good show ourselves. It was a real feel-good night”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“Our latest release, ‘dicotek’ is a floor-filling dance track, filled with synth goodness. It’s all about getting lost in the music and wanting to dance the night away. Ever been having the best time in a club and your friend wants to leave? This song is a message to the killjoys who try to drag us away from the euphoric dancefloor.
Before ‘discotek’, we released our debut concept album, ‘First Contact’. The album is a progressive electronica which tells the story of Earth’s first contact with a supposed friendly alien race that could be its last contact. The newcomers enslave humanity with their addictive immersive virtual reality. Each synth-soaked track represents a different chapter of the story”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Synth soaked bangers!”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“Definitely the aliens! I think our first album being a concept album about extra-terrestrial visitors is certainly something a bit different. We wanted our first project to be something a bit deeper than just good music and that distinguishes us from others. We even have our own video game based on the story, set to our tracks! You can play it on our website (https://www.axlsmusic.com/#game)”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“We are currently working on some new singles and are hoping to release at least one more before the year’s out. You can expect more of our signature sound and beats that make you want to get up and dance!”
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“After listening to our music, we want people to think ‘That was a bit different… I loved it!’. To be remembered for being a bit outside-the-box (and maybe a bit weird) is something we love to see. Good music doesn’t have to fit a particular category, it should be about variety”.
Do you have any gig’s coming up?
“On 30th October 2020 we will be playing at the NE Volume Music Bar in Stockton-on-Tees, alongside two talented duos, Talk Like Tigers and Moodbay. We’re so excited for this one as it will be out first gig post-lockdown and the line-up is perfect”.