Lost In Vancouver are fast becoming one of my favourite bands. I interviewed Jake Morgan (Lead Vox/Guitar) last year, when I was blogging for the UK Arts Directory. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
Interview with Jake Morgan of Lost In Vancouver
How long has the band been together and how did you meet?
The band has not actually been together that long haha, around half a year now. It always changes though it’s either 4 or 6 haha!
Is there a story behind the name ‘Lost In Vancouver’?
The name ‘Lost In Vancouver’ came from a Jeff Buckley tune. I’m basically in love with the guy and when we were looking for band names I suggested ‘Vancouver’ which is a Jeff Buckley song. However, for some reason Facebook would not let us use the band name due to it being a place haha! So we went added a whole bunch of stuff to the name like ‘The Vancouvers’ but in the end we all agreed on the name ‘Lost In Vancouver’.
Who were your favourite musicians/bands when you were growing up?
We still are growing up, haha, we are only 17-19 years old, haha! Yeah, we all have very different musical tastes. Brandon is really into most music, haha, from rap to unknown indie bands, haha. Connor is really into bands like Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin. I’m really into bands like Catfish and The Bottlemen, Kings Of Leon, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Peace. We all have an undying love for Catfish and The Bottlemen and Bwani Junction.
Who writes your songs and where does the inspiration come from?
I write the songs, but the others contribute by writing some of their own parts … about shit that other people go through in relationships and life, haha!!
‘Kate’ – Lyrically, the idea is nicked from Catfish’s tune ‘Kathleen’. It’s about being with someone that you love to hate.
Do you have any tours/gigs planned for this year?
Due to us only starting to take ‘Scotland’ by the throat we don’t really see ourselves travelling further than England at the moment, but if things keep going the way they are we will be playing in China in no time.
LOL I’m sure you will! 😀
If you could tour with any other band who would you choose, and why?
Catfish and The Bottlemen without a shadow of a doubt. Why? because we have a sound that would go well with them and also because they’re all so sound. I can generally see myself sitting with Van and talking about music and beating him at Fifa all night (That’s a challenge btw)…
Are you working on any new music?
Indeed we are, and it’s sounding bigger and better. We are recording it at our label’s studio. I’ve really been wanting to get folk’s opinion on our new stuff and that, so recently at live gigs I’ve been asking people what they think and their favorite songs, etc., etc. We will be releasing our new tune ‘Romeo’ quite soon alongside our first music video that is being done with Michael Neal.
Where are the best places online for fans to keep up with your news?
What are some of the challenges facing new bands these days, and do you have any tips to share with any musicians who might just be starting up?
I think the challenge bands are facing these days is the charts these days. I’ll try not rant too much, but it’s ruined stuff for good ol’ drums and guitar bands. If we ever get big, I will make my opinions very clear about chart music as it’s fucking shite… Excuse my language.
The tips I’d give for up and coming bands is, you can be musically talented all you want but you have to have the heart for it. When people come to see you live they don’t want to watch you admire yourself, they want to get involved and share the songs and the moments with you.
That is such a great tip! As a music fan I know I definitely feel that way when I go to gigs.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
The best thing about being in a band is meeting new people and listening to bands hardly anyone has heard. There are some seriously good bands out there like our fellow Scottish brothers Return to the Sun. You should check ’em out they’re amazing.
Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve just watched one of their videos, and I agree, they’re great 🙂
What’s the worst thing about being in a band?
The worst thing about being in a band is nothing. I fucking love it. Couldn’t ask for a better bunch of lads to play music with.
Any other news for your fans?
The new EP is in the making.
That’s excellent news. I’m looking forward to hearing more music from you!
Lost In Vancouver have three amazing singles on Bandcamp. The latest, “Romeo” is currently available as a free download: http://lostinvancouver.bandcamp.com/
You can also check out the singles on Youtube.
The band contacted me recently to let me know about their upcoming single, “Taxi”. The single will be available to purchase exclusively on iTunes and stream on Spotify from the 14th of May. I’ve been lucky enough to hear a pre-release copy. It’s fantastic.
“Taxi” has a dancey groove and anthemic quality, with lyrics that will appeal to many. When I first listened to it, I thought it had an uplifting summer-vibe, and I think it would be a very popular club song. “Taxi” looks set to become a summer anthem!
You can listen to a snippet here: https://www.facebook.com/lostinvancouver/videos/1769333246615584/
Connor Mckay (Guitar), told me a bit about the inspiration behind the song:
“Taxi is a single we wanted everyone to instantly love, and when we play it live we want it to make you dance the moment you hear the drum snare followed by the melodic guitars at the start. The chorus to Taxi is meant to have the line “I’m your taxi, where we goin?” stuck in your mind so you will end up singing it subconsciously!
The song was inspired to have a vibe of going on a night out and being a cluby type song and be dancey. It mainly highlights the aspect of going on a night out and bringing someone home! Almost like a story.”
The band are currently working on more music and will have an EP launch coming up soon, more details will follow…
Keep an eye on their social media sites for all the latest news: