I chatted to Bad Peter about their debut EP, what it was like recording with Theo Crous and heard all about what is next in store for the band.
Why did you decide to start making music?
Haven’t thought about that in a really long time! Picked up our guitars in high school and like so many others started jamming riffs of Metallica, Blink. Would have to say that the only motivation here was that it was fun! We met one another the year after school at a performing arts company. It was only after we left that we really became friends. Still playing guitar for fun while studying and eventually we started playing the odd cover gigs for some cash. We quickly realised that we wouldn’t want to be doing anything other than making music the whole time. Trying to think now but can’t remember exactly how it happened but we just decided to start playing our shows together. We really want to go from simply jamming around to making this our career. So we started by writing a few songs, made some live videos and started gigging more and more. 2 years later we’re signed with David Gresham Records and we have our Debut EP out. It’s been the raddest, funnest 2 years of our lives and we couldn’t be happier and a thought that really blows our minds or excites us for a lack of better words, is that we’ve just started and we have no idea and can’t wait to see what happens!!
Who are your musical influences?
Our heroes would definitely be Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel(the world’s best acoustic guitar player in our eyes), Mumford & Sons, Brad Paisley, Eminem, Jeremy Loops, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles. Jason Mraz would probably be the best live show we’ve ever seen in our life!! Just so effortless and raw!!
How would you describe your sound?
When listening to our songs for the first time, you’ll hear a band that loves Country, Folk and the Blues. Influenced both vocally and instrumentally by these genres, we constantly strive to write good songs while staying true to the sounds we like.
Who were the main influences for your debut EP?
I think because songwriting is so new to us we’re still exploring anything and everything, writing about everything we see before us. We wouldn’t even be able to say who the main influences were but all the artists mentioned earlier would without a doubt have made their way into our songs.
Why did you choose the name ‘Let Go’ for the EP?
Because Let Go is our debut EP, we realised that it’s important to not be fussy, and get it out and released as soon as possible. When releasing music, it’s a very personal part of the artist being exposed. A window for anyone to see what’s inside. We needed to let go of our insecurities about our music before releasing our first work.
How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on the album?
The songs on the EP are really amongst the first tracks we ever wrote, so we couldn’t believe at the time that we get to record with the great Theo Crous. We chose from a stack of 10 songs more or less.
Did you do anything off the wall whilst in studio?
Our entire experience working with Theo down in Bellville was pretty off the wall! The almost overwhelming desire to create when stepping foot into his world class studio is something that’ll stay with us forever. Getting to know Theo, listening to his legendary stories of friends Dave Groll, Mik Jagger, Arno Carstens etc, was so insightfull and inspiring. O ya, and he let us drive his Porsche to the shops and back once…
Do you have a favourite track off the EP? If so, why is it your favourite?
Yoh tough question! We do enjoy performing all the songs on there, but Faithful Lover has a special element to it. Basically, it’s a song about a one night stand disguised as a love song. Also, we enjoy the energy that kind of naturally releases when we play Faithful Lover live.
What would you like to achieve in the music industry?
I think every artist wants to write songs that truly resonate with people while staying true to themselves. Without playing the selling out card, it can be truly tempting to tailor one’s sound and songs to suit public or radio appeal. So if we’re talking about what we’d like to achieve? We’re not going to be vague about it, we want to play to thousands of people and sell millions of songs. We know we have a long way to go but are more than keen. It’s really been a humbling experience thus far!!
Last but not least, what is next for Bad Peter?
Songwriting. We’re of opinion that the only way for a band to ‘move up’ or become ‘bigger’ is to release good, new songs. We’re fairly new to songwriting, so we’re pretty excited to see how our music will evolve.
We’re so stoked that our shows are starting to take us over the country, so we’re also really looking forward to touring in 2016 and to play every single festival and event we can get our hands on!