“We tend to favour a feel or atmosphere rather than an obvious hummable tune on many tracks and overall, our sound is born of a love of sci-fi, films and cult TV with lots of synths and samples.”
Name of band: IX (pronounced Icks)
Members: Darren Esp, Iain Laskey
Year formed: 2013
Location: Chelsmford & Great Wakering, Essex, UK
We tend to go with 'progressive electronic rock' but style wise, we gravitate towards filmic soundscapes and mood pieces as well as more rhythm driven tracks. We tend to favour a feel or atmosphere rather than an obvious hummable tune on many tracks and overall, our sound is born of a love of sci-fi, films and cult TV with lots of synths and samples.
IVM: Who and what are your primary influences both musical and non-musical?
Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Front Line Assembly, Tangerine Dream, Massive Attack, Recoil, Nine Inch Nails to name but a few. Outside of music, we like anything that involves imagination, introspection, emotions and technology. Lots of technology.
IVM: Do you perform live and if so where can we see you perform in the near future?
Not yet but we are working on finding the best way to achieve what we do live without sacrificing the quality.
IVM: What is your current release and where is it available from?
'System VII'. Available from pretty much everywhere - Digitally, you have iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify etc. You can stream it and order CD and even Minidisc copies at http://ixband.bandcamp.com/releases
IVM: What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Probably being featured in the Observer as one of the hidden gems of 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2014/dec/23/observer-readers-hidden-gems-of-2014. Getting the first album out the door and seeing it recognised in Shazam was pretty cool too!
IVM: What are your plans for the future?
Our next album, '7302' is due out soon and we are working on the next three in tandem. We are exploring how we might be able to play live and are looking to work with some third parties who have shown an interest in remixing some of our tracks.
IVM: Finally, is there anything that you would like to add?
We can provide BandCamp codes if you wanted to download a digital copy of 'System VII'.