It’s been a minute since I have interviewed a band or artist from across the pond, so I was delighted when the opportunity presented itself to ask a band on the rise, like 96OneDream, some questions. The duo has made a name for themselves over YouTube over the past several years and this year they have released an EP of their own, simply titled, EP 1.
If you read my review of the EP (HERE), you already know that I am a fan! So it is with great pleasure I introduce to you Vanessa and Holly of 96OneDream.
Brandon: First off, tell us a little bit about yourselves.
96OneDream: We are Holly and Vanessa from the UK, and we are 96OneDream! We started off uploading covers onto YouTube when we were 15 (now 20). We still upload weekly covers onto YouTube and we have built a good community of viewers that we are really proud of. We started writing/recording our own music two years ago and we are finally ready to release our songs.
B: I love EP 1, the tracks almost have a late 90s, 2000s Dirty Vegas/Fat Boy Slim vibe to them, maybe even a little bit of The Verve. How was it making the EP?
96: We grew up as kids in 90s and 2000s and that has definitely influenced our sound, so we are happy to hear that you made that comparison. As soon as we started writing and recording we knew we wanted to go for a 90s vibe. Music from that era is timeless, you could release any of the hit songs today and they would still have the same impact.
B: The EP is only three tracks and a remix, is this, hopefully, an appetizer for something more later this year?
96: Yes, this is definitely just a taster. We worked on getting our sound perfect for 2 years, and in that time we have written and recorded more than an album full of songs.
B: You guys have a ton of covers up on your YouTube, which artist inspires you more than anyone to cover their music and make your own?
96: At the moment, our favorite artist is Dua Lipa. She is just doing everything right and is staying in the charts. We recently covered one of her songs “Be The One”. She’s got a great style and she writes most of her own music.
B: Speaking of covers, I see your most recent one is of Katy Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm”. That could be one of my favorite songs of 2017 so far. Any releases you’re looking forward to this year?
96: We were looking forward to the new Ed Sheeran album which came out recently. There’s always a lot of hype around his albums and he never fails to disappoint. There has also been some speculation over a collaboration with Sia and Pink, which we think would be amazing!
B: How is it in Newcastle for music right now? Are you guys gigging quite a bit over there?
96: We recently moved from Newcastle to London so we can focus more on our music. We used to have to travel down to London a lot for meetings and the studio, so we decided it would be a lot easier to live there. In the summer we did a lot of gigs around London and we also performed at the pride festivals up and down the country, which was such a good experience. We are looking to fill up our diaries again this year. Being on stage and performing our music live is definitely the best part of this job.
B: Not to stereotype, but us Yankees associate England with tea and I just happen to be a huge fan of tea. When might you be headed Stateside and how about a Lemonade Magazine tea time? Haha!
96: We are also huge fans of tea! We definitely fit that stereotype. We don’t have any set plans to head to the US this year, but if we get the opportunity we will be straight there. And we would, of course, love to have a Lemonade Magazine tea time, count us in!
B: So what else is on the schedule for 2017 for 96OneDream?
96: This year our main focus is releasing music and getting as much of it out there as we can. For two years we have been tweeting and posting about how we are in the studio, and we are finally getting to play what we have created to the people who support us…which is such a good feeling.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine