Kevin Cook

Q&A with Pop-Rock band Club Beirut

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Based in Fife, Scotland, indie-pop group, Club Beirut’s debut single ‘Something New’, could scarcely have been hatched further away. Written over 8,000 miles away from Fife in the Falkland Islands where Craig was then deployed with the Royal Air Force, the joyous, gleeful bounce of the resulting track was actually a period which saw him dealing with incredibly fraught circumstances. 

The cathartic nature of creating music and the building of a crack team of musicians and an attack plan upon his return home is testament to both the tenacity of Craig and musical partner Fraser and to the irresistible power of catchy melodies to clear the mind and trigger a sonic boom of positivity.

Tell us about your highlights for last year

This is our first year as a band and we look to the future.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

Energetic pop/rock music with attitude with catchy hooks.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I picked up the guitar when I was 15 and followed the band Twin Atlantic as they were inspirational to me. I formed a band with my old friends and the very first time we recorded in a studio was an amazing experience, looking at all the equipment was incredible. It was very fun and I knew nothing about any of it at the time and was excited to learn!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Normally I would start with the chorus as for me that is the most important part of a song if you want to get your fans and listeners to keep listening. From there I will build the song around it.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Our single isn’t released yet, however, we have received some incredible feedback from some record labels around the globe so far.

If you could create your own radio show, what kind of music would you feature and why?

Pop/synth/rock music because I really do think there is such a variety of kinds of bands that put music out and deserves to be heard.

Name five artists who would appear on your radio show

Club Beirut obviously! And I would choose some up and coming bands around the UK too, such as The Roov, swim school, indigo velvet and Saint Phnx.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Yes, our debut single ‘Something New’ will be released 17th Feb and our follow up release has already been recorded so we are in the planning stage for releasing that one.

Famous last words?

Be nice, everyone is working towards the same thing.

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