Who are The Scheme?
The Scheme are smartly defining a name for themselves on the international music scene as ‘the band to watch’. Their distinct voices, arrangements, musicianship and talent for writing bloody good songs, are the reason why their first track notched up over 400,000 hits on youtube; and that was before their publicity machine even kicked into gear! Their loyal fans, dubbed ‘the schemers’, are clearly making sure that their band get the exposure they truly deserve.
Despite their youth, The Scheme have many years of experience in the music business. Kyle began classical piano training at 10 and joined his first band at 16, Kris took the lead in a school musical at the tender age of 6 and joined his first band at 15, whilst Aleksey picked up his first guitar at the age of 12 and was instantly given the guitar solo in his school’s production of ‘We Will Rock You’.
The Scheme cut an awesome image, with a sound and talent strong enough to make them as good as they look. . The band have even generated impressive brand attention from the likes of Lacoste Footwear, Crafter Guitars, Redwing Shoes, All Saints, Boo Hoo, Gibson Guitars, Penfield, and Firetrap – all of whom have either shown the band support and/or gifted clothing. For a band set to release their debut album later this year, things don’t get better than this!
Their latest release is called “Can’t Stop” out on September 23rd and it’s so catchy! Have a listen and then read on for the interview that I did with Aleksey from the band…and there’s also a FREE GIVEAWAY.
Hey Aleksey – thanks for taking the time to Talk About Pop Music with us! I love your sound – how would you describe it?
The foundation of our music is a catchy pop song and then we embellish it with funk, rock, blues, jazz, whatever feels right at the time!
Well, it’s certainly a winning formula! “Can’t Stop” is sooo catchy – what’s it really about?
It’s about the insatiable lust you feel towards a person wether it be in the street or in the work place. I’m sure we’ve all felt that way about someone!
I’m sure we have…
How did The Scheme come about and why the name?
The Scheme name pretty much came about from trying to escape previous dodgy contracts and managers . We’d asked ‘What’s the scheme?’ and as we were looking for a band name at the time, we quite liked the sound of that term and The Scheme pretty much stuck.
I’m sure there a few interesting tales to tale there!
Who are your musical gods or goddesses?
For me I’ve had so many musical gods, ranging from Hendrix to Michael Jackson, Cream to Queen but at the moment it’s got to be Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme. He’s an incredibly talented guitarist and singer! His ultimate song is “More Than Words’. He’s also recently been on tour playing with Rihanna and I guess she’s kind of a goddess too!!
Oh, I’ve not heard that song for ages – let’s listen…
What was the first song you sang in public?
I think the first song I sang in public was ‘Californication’ by the Chilli Peppers at a karaoke bar in Barbados when I was about 14!
…and the last song you sang in public?
The last song we performed was ‘Can’t Stop’, our new single, at a festival last month!
I’m afraid we don’t have that but still – let’s see you perform it live anyway…
What’s on your MP3 player right now?
My phone is full of everything! Pink Floyd, Maroon 5, Joe Bonamassa, Craig David, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan haha the list goes on!
Phone! Yes – phone! I must stop saying MP3 player! Nice choices though.
Throwback Question – Blur or Oasis?
Probably Oasis just because I didn’t really listen to Blur till later life.
I have to agree – I was more of an Oasis fan back when they were rivals so let’s listen to the song that didn’t win that particular battle…
Tell us something embarrassing about yourself…
The only thing I can think of right now is probably my uncontrollable need to air guitar in public.
Maybe there is always a need!
Have you heard of Eurovision? If so, would you do it?
Yes, of course I have heard of Eurovision – I’ve grown up watching it. I think as long as our performance’s credibility was able to be maintained, with real instruments and classy production, then I definitely would. We would just have to be able to have a sufficient input in all the staging decisions.
That’s great to know!
What was the number one song when you were born?
“Please Don’t Go” by KWS
Ah classic 90s and now I feel old!
What was the first song you bought/downloaded/streamed?
My first album that I can remember is Shakira’s MTV Unplugged. Absolutely fantastic album.
Indeed and did you know that her hips never lie!
You are only allowed one song on repeat for the rest of your life – what would it be?
It would have to be ‘Hotel California’. It’s got everything; great songwriting great melodies and to top it off, one of the best guitar solos ever composed!
I can’t disagree with that!
What’s your favourite lyric ever?
Song: Soldadito Marinero by Fito y Fitipaldis
‘Despues de un invierno largo, una mala primavera, dime porque estas busacando, una lagrima en la arena’
Literally translated means:
‘After a long Winter, a bad Spring, tell me why are you looking for a tear drop in the sand’
Have you ever been to Scotland?
I have but I was six weeks old! However, we’re playing in Glasgow in September and I can’t wait!
The Scottish crowds will love you! We are the best people in the word haha.
What’s next for The Scheme?
So the official release of Can’t Stop on Septmeber 23rd and then we are going on tour supporting American band The Tide.
Exciting! So, as we have a couple of signed copies of Can’t Stop to give away – who’s got the worst handwriting?
Probably me, only because I always get the rubbish pen to sign with!
Yeah, yeah a bad workman always blames his tools haha! Thanks Aleksey for talking to us and we wish you all the best with what comes next!