In the words of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – “People, keep on…erm, editing”.
We’re from Leeds.
How did you meet?
Me, Tom and Josh all met at college, however we didn’t think about starting Edited People until we were in our 3rd year of university. We met Laura shortly after this and started rehearsing as a band. Me and Josh had the idea of starting Edited People after playing extensively as an acoustic duo and wanting to take it to the next level.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We’ve only been playing as a band for 6 months so we’re quite fresh on the scene still. However, we’ve been writing and rehearsing for around 18 months.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Well me and Josh were thinking of names for ages, and didn’t seem to be getting anywhere with it. So we invited everyone to come round and think of ideas. Tom just wrote a random list of names and Edited People was one that just worked for all of us. It just clicked straight away and it really went with the meaning behind most of our songs.
What are your influences?
We’re really into Yonaka at the moment, but overall were into quite heavy alternative music. This includes System Of A Down, Kate Bush, Marmozets, Soundgarden, No Doubt etc.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think because we all listen to so much music we have so many different flavours in our music. We’re not just a band that sounds like said band. We’ve spent years developing a unique way of songwriting that stemmed from our history of writing as an acoustic duo.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I personally like to talk about mental health as it’s something that has affected me as well as people close to me. It’s such a huge problem in today’s society so it’s something that really needs to be talked about. We want our songs to start discussions and get people thinking.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve only played 6 shows! So we still have so much to learn and more confidence to gain. Each show keeps getting better and better as we’re all coming out of our shells and really pushing our stage presence.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Nothing too mental, Laura has been the subject of some near misses. I tend to throw drum sticks or whatever else I can get my hands on when playing live.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Josh and Tom have both recently invested in Line 6 Helix boards in order to minimize our rig size. This means they can have all the sounds they need and fit in one car! Makes everything much easier.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
At the moment we’ve just released our single “Other Side of Me” so we’re promoting that. It highlights modern day pressures especially relating to social media. It’s out now so check it out on all major platforms!
What are your plans for 2019?
We’ve got so much to look forward to this year. We’re constantly writing new music and developing our sound. We will be in the studio in July recording something very exciting. We’ve also got many gigs upcoming supporting a couple of well established acts:
1st June – Corporation, Sheffield supporting Eagle Eye Cherry
29th June – Santiagos, Leeds supporting Soap Girls
26th July – The Lending Room, Leeds
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We’d love to support Yonaka as they’re killing it at the moment. And we’d choose Hands Off Gretel to open for us. They’re such a great band, definitely one to check out if you’ve not heard of them before.
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