18 July 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - The Short Waves

Would you care to introduce yourself?

Hello I'm Keith Scott a.k.a The Short Waves.

How would you describe the music you make?

Catchy songs recorded in flats and houses using guitars, keyboards, bass, glockenspiel and a drumkit. I'm quite fond of self-deprecating lyrics as well.

How did you start out making music?

I started out writing and recording myself over the last six or seven years at home. I spent a lot of time playing guitar and bass in other bands and started recording my own stuff to contribute to the bands I was playing with. It became apparent that the songs I was writing often didn't fit in well with what was being written by the people I was playing with though.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

I have a horrible short term memory for songs. A lot of songs start with me listening back to sound files on my phone of things I've recorded after a shandy or two and trying to remember what I was on about. Most of my ideas begin with a good melody whether it's a vocal line or a guitar part. I really like the way lyrics are delivered so I tend to mess around with the rhythm and phrasing of the words after the song is nearly done.

What can people expect from your live shows?

I don't really intend to play live shows at the moment to be honest. I really love playing live but up until now it's just been myself and a good friend of mine named Kenny Miller who is an incredible drummer and played all the parts on the EP. I would definitely ask him if it were to ever happen. Playing along to backing from a laptop in front of a crowd doesn't really do it for me at all so I would need to ask some pals nicely and get some rehearsals booked if a good gig came along.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

Albums played this week: FOUND, Chad VanGaalen, Bruce Springsteen, The Jim Jones Revue, Errors, Low, Wilco.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2011?

I'm going to record more songs for an album and hopefully get some more friends to play with....

The Short Waves - Alarm Bells


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