The Feeling has made an impressive trip from the small bars and clubs of London to selling out arenas all over the UK. After getting the nod for several different awards, they’re trying to cross over to the American market. They’ve got the talent to make it big over here – all they need is a bit luck and some help with getting the word out. That’s where RNYK comes in. We requested a quick Q&A session with them, before they perform at J&R Music and Computer World. Dan Sells (guitarist & singer) and Kevin Jeremiah (guitarist) were kind enough to respond.
- RNYK: How is Twelve Stops And Home being received in other countries?
- Dan: The response to the album has been great. Even fans from countries that don’t have English as a first language get into the album. People in different countries respond in different ways, but especially abroad it seems that people are enjoying all the tracks on the album equally. They sing along to the whole gig!
- Kevin: We seem to be quite popular in Holland, which we like, as we get to go to Amsterdam to drink coffee and dodge cyclists.
- RNYK: You toured the US last year – what was audience reception like?
- Kevin: We supported The Fray on part of their US tour, and we had a really nice reception from their audience – everyone was very willing to listen to us, and give us a chance to let them hear what we’re about. We had them all joining in by the end of the gigs!
- Dan: Although our music is quite different to theirs, the young audiences seemed to really enjoy the shows. I found US audiences very responsive on the whole and we really like a crowd who aren’t afraid to express themselves and have a little fun.
- RNYK: You’re one of the UK’s biggest bands – what’s the first thing that made you realize it?
- Kevin: Only when we were told that we were the most played band on British radio last year. It’s quite hard to know exactly how we’re perceived from within the bubble that we exist inside, so that was quite a pleasant surprise!
- Dan: The last tour we did had our first Arena show. We played to a sold out crowd of over ten thousand people in London. The figures get a little overwhelming. Just hearing your tune on some television soap opera can really hit home.
- RNYK:When “Never Be Lonely” was nominated for a Q Award, how did you celebrate?
- Kevin: Was it?
- Dan: I had no idea we were nominated! I know we got a BRIT nomination for “Fill my little World“. We never pay too much attention to awards, but it was nice to get the BRIT one because it was voted for by the public.
- RNYK: Your hit single “Sewn” is on the soundtrack to a video game. How do you arrange that?
- Kevin: Is it?
- Dan: They approached us. We’ve been big fans of computer games since “Pong“.
- RNYK: The word online is you’ve been in the studio. Will we hear new songs when we see you live?
- Dan: We’ve actually been here in the US since the UK and European tour, so no time for the studio. I have been writing a lot though, whilst being on the road, so there’s plenty of material for the next record.
- Kevin: We always play a song called “Join With Us,” which didn’t make it onto 12 Stops, but will definitely appear on the next album. As for any other tunes, you never know.
- RNYK: What can you tell us about the rock scene in London right now?
- Kevin: Not a lot – we’ve hardly been there in the past year!
- Dan: I don’t know very much about the rock scene in London… We’ve always felt quite outside of it, really. We have always seen ourselves as a pop group as well as a rock band. I think people are becoming fans of classic pop music again and this is influencing the way young bands write.
- Kevin: I think things are getting more eclectic, and what’s “fashionable” or ‘cool” is no longer what dictates what audiences will go to see – and this is a very good thing indeed.
As announced on the Live@J&R page of JR.com and picked by the Daily News in today’s Perfect 10: This week’s News & To-Do’s column, “The Feeling” will bring their big, no-nosense, pop music to J&R Music and Computer World, Wednesday, April 11th for a 12:30pm performance and autograph signing.
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