Why Sapphire Blues?
Sam: Good question. Basically… Blues, feeling bad. Sapphire, making something good out of it. That’s all it is. Not much meaning to it really.
Harry: When Frazer was in the band we had another name
Sam: Yeah, he used to want to call us Frogmore Street because we were busking outside a Courteeners gig, shit band, but we were busking outside there trying to get some recognition, and the guy, the tall guy, from Courteeners heard us and he told us we should call ourselves Frogmore Street which is where the O2 is is Bristol. But Frazer’s gone now so we’re still Sapphire Blues.
So how did the band begin?
Sam: I’ve known Chris for a while. Since school.
Harry: We all went to school together. I was the year above him. And he was the year above me.
Chris: They were like, shoulder barging me in the corridors and shit like that.
Harry: I didn’t speak a word to you. I didn’t even know who you were.
Sam: Harry thought Chris was a greebo probably or something like that cause he was in the Art gang, you know what I mean. Everyone was scared of him. Uhhh, what was the question again?
How did the band start?
Sam: Uh, I asked Chris. Harry was just a mate, but then I couldn’t find a bass player so we had to put up with him and he was keen, so…
Harry: It started off with Frazer. We used to go to a pub all the time, and he did open mike nights, and they got talking, and they wanted to start a band but he already knew Chris could play the drums. And we’re best mates and he needed a bass guitarist. I’m still learning. It was a joke for about a year, well it kinda still is, like what instrument do you play? And oh bass and Sam would always say oh well he tries to
Sam: He still does try as well
Sam: Who would you say are your biggest influences
Harry: It’s changed a lot
Sam: Mine’s everything under the sun, Chris doesn’t even listen to music
Harry: I’d definitely say Sleaford Mods
Sam: they’re an influence now, but I listen to a lot of stuff
Harry: we had a whole set list, when Frazer was in the band and when he left in January, We got rid of all the old songs, that’s what we’ve been doing all year. And out first gigs on November 19th, but we got a whole new set now because the influences of our sound has changed a lot
Sam: Got to thin out the sound
Where do you find the inspiration for your lyrics?
Chris: That’s another one for Sam
Sam: Yeah I’m a nut job basically, I don’t know where I find them from
Harry: Its whatever comes to mind. You’re a genius. He is a genius.
Sam: I’m alright
Harry: He’s not gonna say it, but he is a fucking genius. Oh, shit am i allowed to swear.
How long have you been together?
Sam: Like two years, but not actually been gigging for like a year, it’s been boring as fuck. But we’re getting stuff done.
Harry: Because Frazer was on the Keyboard, and backing vocals and acoustic, when he left there was like a massive chunk of the sound gone, so I’d say the base line is now a bigger part
Where do you see yourselves in the future?
Sam: Hopefully still doing it
Harry: We will be still doing it
Sam: And not off the rails
Harry: We might move to London eventually, we don’t know yet
Harry: I think we would
Sam: Maybe, see what happens, I’ll keep doing it
Harry: Well he is my best mate so I’ll be still doing it, not so much Chri
Sam: He’s got a girlfriend so…
Sam: How do you guys psych yourself up before a gig?
Harry: Get in a huddle
Harry: We’ve done that plenty of times
Sam: We’ve done it once. Most of the times I would just sit there like this
Chris : They drink, I stress.
Sam: Don’t talk to anyone, get in the zone
Harry: We’re only allowed two drinks before, Because I’ve been a bit pissed in the past
Sam: You’ve got to have balls to go up on stage anyway, it’s more of a test to go up sober
Chris: I can’t drink before
Harry: If I don’t have a drink, mate, I shake like fuck. All day ill be like nah I’m not nervous at all, and as soon as I’m there I’m like fucking hell, got to have a drink on stage
What are you guys working on at the moment ?
Chris: We’re working on a single
Sam: We got two tracks, yeah. It’s been a while, after Frazer left we went through a stage of just messing about really
Chris: Creating a sound just like in my room
Sam: It sounds alright, mind
Harry: It was more of the creative process when we were in Chris’s bedroom, I think
Sam: All that stuff sounds pretty shit now.
Harry: Now we look at it yeah, but
Chris: But it was fun, we learnt shit loads doing that
Harry: I think we have progressed loads
Has performing live change the way you view your songs?
Chris: In the old Sapphire it did, at the start it was really enjoyable and then obviously it kind of got a little bit more tedious as you keep on gigging
Harry: Yeh there’s certain songs you don’t play, we took out of the set
Sam: I prefer playing live to recording
Chris: I prefer the recording stuff definitely
Sam: I’m just an attention seeker basically
Harry: Yeah we know that. I prefer playing live I think, I don’t mind recording but it takes me a few takes to get it right, and it frustrates me, gets me fucking so angry
Chris: You ask a lot of questions though, about the studio, which is good
Harry: When were mixing, I just stay out of that stuff though really, just sit and listen
Sam: Don’t have an input, sat on his phone
Do you guys listen to your own stuff?
Harry: All the time
Chris: Those two do
Sam: Too Much
Harry: I think that was our problem with the EP
Sam: I would listen to it 100 times like everyday
Harry: He’s a perfectionist as well, so when he over listens to it it literally fucking drives him insane
Sam: And then I don’t like it anymore, and then I’ll wanna do something new and it’s not even released
Harry: We’ve already dropped a few songs from the set
Sam: Its cause we take so long getting them done and then its 5 months down the line and we’ve been recording for ages and literally have heard it so many times, and it gets so boring
Harry: We have literally changed one song so many times. We changed it like 3 times and I think we’ve got it now …
Sam: Nah, we haven’t
Chris: Nah, not yet
Sam: Yeah, it will take another couple of months
Harry: Considering we got a gig in like 19 days
Finally if you could tell the people listening to this what would you say?
Harry: Listen to the lyrics, they’re my most important part,
Sam: Dont take it too seriously, i’m not actually as depressed as I sound. That’s pretty much it yeah. Chris what would you say ?
Sam: Check out my mixing. Do you like the sound of the drums?
Harry: Chris, he is a wizard he hears shit that we just have no clue about. He’s doing shit on his laptop that I could never
Sam: Harry just doesn’t have a clue about anything
Chris: I think that’s why you ask loads of questions in the studio, I think that’s good
Harry: Cheers, Chris
Interviewed by Samuel Boik, Bec Coleman, Lucy Cubitt
Sapphire Blues, a Bristol based band, made of 3 lads all from Cheltenham. They are currently working on a new EP, trying to get themselves out there playing all around Bristol, places like Mr. Wolfs, Mothers ruin and The fleece. They are 3 best friends, Sam, Harry and Chris who are very passionate about their music and have very meaningful lyrics, that you should definitely give a listen to.