Guest Singer

Doncaster

Name, where are you from?
My name is Jake Cope and I come from a fairly mediocre town called Doncaster.
The rest of the band is France Lahmar, Paul Burdett, Brad Clifford and Max Hodgkinson. All from the same mediocre setting. It’s the mundane that bonds us!

Describe your style in three words?
Domestic Dark Disco.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I went to see Bob Dylan with my Grandad. He’s a huge fan and passed that to me and to share that moment with him was special. This ('Shooting Star') is his favourite Dylan song.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
These aren’t two bands exactly but probably an early '50s era Johnny Cash and June Carter. To do that country thing, all singing around one microphone with those two would be amazing.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
It was the period when if you were into alternative/rock music you would be branded a ‘sweaty’, or at least where I grew up. That’s where I sort of fell in. I wouldn’t say it’s influenced me musically per se but it was a ‘subculture’ that I found my self a part of.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I think the influence that Jack Kerouac really gave to songwriting and how people approached lyric writing after him is sometimes overlooked. He was wild.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
We supported Magazine once in Hatfield at place a called The Forum. It had a disco ball the size of a house above the crowd. Can never say no to a disco ball, especially one the size of a house.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
John Martyn. He transcended traditional folk into world music. An amazing guitarist but only did as much as the song needed. The ‘Solid Air’ album had a load of different vibes on it. This is one of my favourites.


Describing their music as "party songs; anti-motivational anthems for the post-truth generation" Guest Singer takes a swipe at the nature of modern life and its reliance on social media in their indie synth-pop songs. Their EP 'Limbo Days' is out now. 

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