They are a “dream pop” band consisting of David Powell and Jess Bartlet and their “Julep” EP is out now. I managed to get a quick chat with them.
It’s a hectic time of year for most people so what have you been up to this week?
Dave: I have been busy with work this week but also working a lot on new tracks. The usual 9-5!
Jess: Same, although I’m also planning on getting some cereal at the new Brick Lane Cereal Cafe this evening. I tried at the weekend, but it was too busy! I’m keen to try the weirdest around.
Cereal Cafe! What a great idea – let’s hope that idea catches on!
You describe your sound as Dream Pop – what was the last dream you had?
Dave: I don’t really dream, maybe I had a crazy one when I was snoozing. Last one I think involved some American Football players hosting a special day at my workplace for some reason.
Jess: I can’t remember. Earlier this year I was pulling out my teeth, which wasn’t great. Luckily, I woke up with a full set.
Interesting – the “teeth dream” is quite a common one but I’m not so sure about the American football players…
How did you guys meet and what makes you work so well together?
We actually met after University (even though we studied in the same place). Dave saw some of Jess’ music posted on Facebook and decided to get in contact and from there everything just worked. We have since been together making new music.
Well, it’s certainly a good combination! One of your tracks is called “We Live Fast” – do you?
I think the reason we called the track “We Live Fast” is because it’s written about how fast our lives have become with technology. It’s like everyone is searching for gratification every day even through checking social media and other things on the internet. Sometimes we just need to slow down and relax.
Good point – but I’d like to see you try living without your smart phone for a week!
The X Factor has just ended – as a young up and coming band these days what do you think of the talent show format?
We think the talent show is on the decline to be honest, maybe because people listen to more off kilter pop nowadays. It doesn’t seem to be the best way to become sustainably well known as an artist, perhaps because no unique sounds come from it. Maybe as a singer to gain exposure it would be good.
What’s on your mp3 player right now?
I’ll be sure to check these out!
Do you know what the number one song was on the day you were born?
Great, that makes me feel so old – I’m really going to have to stop asking this question!
The first track I heard from you guys was “Julep”, erm what’s a Julep?
Haha, we get this a lot. Julep derives from Mint Julep which is an alcoholic drink. Not sure where the original word comes from, but we like it so we used it. Nothing wrong with drinking a tasty beverage! 🙂
I totally agree, although this time of year I sometimes think my veins contains more alcohol than blood!
What’s the best Christmas present you have ever been given?
Dave: When I was 7, getting a PlayStation 1 was amazing. I unwrapped it before my parents came down though so I was in big trouble.
Jess: Ahhhh, my drum kit still remember that day. The perpetual noise since, my poor neighbours.
treasureseason have been included on When The Gramphone Rings list of artists who will be awesome in 2015. Are you looking forward to 2015 and what are your plans?
2015 should be great, hopefully play some festivals. We aren’t gigging until May so hopefully we should get some new music down. Dave is traveling for a bit so there will be some downtime in the beginning of the year, but 2015 is already shaping up to be really exciting.
Thanks Dave & Jess for taking the time to answer my questions, have a great Christmas and all the best for 2015!