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Dancing On Tables give us their top tips on keeping a school band together


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Dancing On Tables are a Scottish five-piece who took inspiration from people ‘dancing on tables’ when they arrived for one of their first gigs with no band name.

Their newest single, 'Colour Me Good' shows how the group have gone from strength to strength, currently supporting indie-ones-to-watch Cassia on their UK Tour. Their debut EP, Space Race is dizzy with danceable indie-pop singles; ‘Missing’ and ‘Oh’ are filled with upbeat, dreamy distorted guitar distortions that melt into each other, using drums as a vehicle to crescendo into climatic, concert-ready sing-along choruses.

‘Body’ is refreshingly different, with funky electropad beats and multi-layered percussive rhythms, bursting into heavier chorus. Whereas ‘Symmetrical’ is reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel with scraping gyro percussion, acoustic strums, gooey harmonies and injections of personality in the whistles and the warming Scottish accents. Their EP represents the band’s versatility; they told us that they don’t feel “restricted to one genre”.  

Dancing On Tables started when its members were fairly young, but they have always seen this as an advantage; friendship has one of the band’s most defining assets for working together,  “From the start, we have always just taken each day as it comes and all the opportunities that come our way. We were friends before we were writing music, which I think has helped us stay together long term. When we are together it's for 24 hours a day, so getting on is pretty essential.”

Many don’t have high hopes for their university or school bands, but, as long as you commit, you give yourselves a much better chance at succeeding. Dancing On Tables have given us some of their top tips that helped them to stick together from the beginning:

1. Make sure you all have similar musical interests 

2. Find a place that you can regularly practice that isn’t too expensive (which is, unfortunately, easier said than done)

3. Share music that you are listening to with each other 

4. Spend time together outside of practice and shows

5. Don’t stick to one genre of music when writing. Experimenting with different styles can lead to ideas you wouldn’t have thought of before

6. Be realistic. If your drummer is off to Oxford and you all stay in Glasgow then you need a new drummer!

7. Use voice notes / free recording software to send each other ideas if you’re not together

8. Go out and meet other bands at their shows. Meet industry people at networking events (Wide Days, The Great Escape etc)

The most important tip the guys gave us though - enjoy the whole experience. Dive headfirst into opportunities that come your way and you never know where you might end up! 

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