Band Interview: Cocoa Futures

Cocoa Futures band photo

So first of how did you all meet?
We met through friends really. Friends are good, would recommend.

Where are you all from?
Scotland, Guyana, Cyprus, Germany, South Africa, Italy and Plymouth.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
Not that long. I switched to a nice synth recently, so I’m just learning how to use all the buttons on that.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We’re quite weird pop I’d say.

What are your influences?
I really like Roxy Music, Talk Talk and Talking Heads. Also lots of stuff that’s a bit weirder.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
We haven’t yet. I quite like singing this one Blue Nile song, but more because it’s fun rather than being any good.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
It doesn’t mean much. I just heard it in a Steve Martin film called ‘The Jerk’ which is banging.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
I get the ideas together and take it to the band. Around 1% work out.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
They vary. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s like pushing jam up a hill.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

What song do you remember most from your childhood?
Runaway by Janet Jackson. Full tonker.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I’d say the biggest challenge is to keep the guitar in tune. We’ve overcome that challenge by using a guitar tuner.  

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Give us a wee follow on Spotify. We’re also on all the other things.  

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
We’ve released two EPs – the last one Recovery has just come out. They’ve gone down pretty well. We’ll be back in 2019 with more music.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We just played a really fun gig at Yes in Manchester. Lovely venue. Lovely Amstel.

Least fave is always when I forget the words.  

What do you think about downloading music online?
Illegally? That’s naughty.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I don’t really know much about the record industry.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Sam Torrance cos he’s really nice.


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