London-based indie pop act Indigo Face was born out of a natural synergy found in late-night jam sessions, and you can truly how their respective influences and backgrounds gel together so organically in their inspired take on modern music. Upon hearing the unifying A Rose is a Rose, we were hooked by Mary’s soaring vocals and empowering lyrics. We caught up with Andrea, Max, Mary, and Ray for a better insight into their message and motivations.
Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To start with, how would describe your sound and how you came to it?
We are an alternative/pop band with different influences due to our different musical backgrounds. We met at BIMM London and started playing for different school projects and in different bands, with and without each other, before creating Indigo Face.
To each of you, can you both narrow it down to a song, album or artist that inspired you to start making music?
[Ray] I still have a vivid memory of the first time I’ve heard Bullet In The Head by Rage Against The Machine, the sound, the power the groove, that song and the rest of the album are the reasons why I decided to start making music.
[Max] For me it was Little Village’s eponymous album. It was released in 1992. Little Village was a collective that only released this record. The band was John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, and Ry Cooder. It’s this very powerful record from some of the best songwriters and performers in the world. This album sounds immense and very moody at the same time. When I heard it I understood that I really wanted to make music all my life.
[Mary] I’d say ‘’There Must Be An Angel’’ a song by Eurythmics. I remember listening to it as a child and falling in love with Annie Lennox’ ethereal yet powerful vocals. I knew at that very moment I wanted to sing and write songs all my life!
[Andrea] For me it’s all about the first time I’ve seen Billy Cobham live with my father. I was 7 years old and I remember feeling very excited about the live gig. This guy looked complete and much more confident once he sat behind the drum kit and everything that happened right after was just magic. He lit the flame of passion for music inside me and he keeps on being one of my most important reference in the drum world.
What influences your music that we wouldn’t expect?
Art exhibitions and movies. Many of our songs have been written after being inspired by other forms of art.
Your powerful message of equality is quite refreshing, can you speak any more to that?
We are going through a threatening rise of extreme right parties in the world: Austria, Italy, France, USA and now Brazil. There is still too much intolerance and discrimination in the world and we feel Art can heal, raise awareness, be thought-provoking and inspiring. So many people are still bullied, discriminated and disrespected on the base of their sexual orientation and gender identity, so we decided to use the tool we know the most, music, to tell people ‘’You are beautiful. You have value. We see you’’.
Can you tell us something about yourselves that our readers might not know already?
[Max] I was meant to become a fashion designer before doing music! After getting my degree in fashion I decided to follow my first love, music, and went to London. Best move ever.
[Mary] I have a degree in Linguistic and wrote a dissertation on ‘Sexism in the Italian Language’. From then I’ve always been very interested in how language defines reality and can shape the way we think. Yes, I’m a nerd.
[Andrea] I love singing! Probably I love singing as much as l love playing drums. For some reasons I never brought my singing outside my shower time, although one day I’d love to take some classes and start singing freely!
[Ray] I spent a year as a soldier for the Swiss Army. I’ve learned how to shoot with a gun and throw hand grenades. Over whole a great experience which made me realise that I would never go to war!
What’s next and on the horizon for Indigo Face?
Release more singles and tour around UK and Europe. Our experience in Italy, on the stage of Primo Maggio Festival in Rome, was so amazing. We’d like to do it again!