Band Q&A – JK Historian

JK Historian are based in the capital of England. Here are their members;

  • Tom Harrisson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Ben Francis – Lead Guitar
  • James Kerr – Bass
  • Will Soutter – Drums

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

  1. At The Drive In
  2. Dire Straits
  3. Refused

With a healthy dose of math and post-rock influences.

2. How did you all meet?

James, Will and Ben all met in Durham (UK), back in their university days. James and Will have played together for years in their alternative indie band, Earthsea. Tom answered an online ad and things fell into place, so here we are!

3. How did you get your band name?

TH: We follow in the tradition of Fleetwood Mac, insofar as we’re named after James (bass) , who is a historian, hence “JK Historian.” Also “TH Digital Content Manager” doesn’t really roll off the tongue..

4. What is your song writing process?

JK: Collaborative – most of the ideas come from Tom and James initially and then we assemble them meticulously to make them into songs in the studio. We want things to be experimental and challenging. Music usually comes first before lyrics, but it depends on the song.

5. What do you hoped to have achieved a year from now?

JK: Release our first EP (which is being mixed), write some more songs, play a few more shows, see some new places, make new friends etc. Hopefully we may get round to some more recording. As individuals we’ve been out of the UK punk scene for a little while, so we are looking forward to seeing what’s new.

6. What was the first gig experience like for JK Historian?

JK: We recently played our first show last month in London (UK) which was great, a beautiful moment. We’ve played a lot of shows collectively in the past with other projects, but unveiling something brand new is always going to be a bit nervewracking.

7. Biggest challenge so far?

TH: Figuring out the ins/outs of our live set. Where to plug everything in, getting everything synced up with the laptop and then learning how to play it properly. There was a lot of foul language involved but we got there in the end.

JK: The constant hustle of getting heard to some extent in an increasingly fractured music industry – promo, social media, booking shows etc. Being a punk band in 2019 ain’t easy, but then again it never has been.

8. What is your favourite thing about performing?

JK: It’s been said many times before, but connecting with people, in whatever way that may be; music is meant to be played live. It’s also incredibly cathartic.

9. Your single ‘Digitized Nights’ has streamed exceptionally well, can we expect another single soon?

JK: Yes, very soon. We’ve recently finished our debut EP, which is in the final stages of mixing, so it’ll be something off that.

10. What inspired your upcoming songs?

TH: Our most recent track was inspired by a book called “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Shoshana Zubhoff. It defines the current economic age we’re living in (“surveillance capitalism”) as a distinct “third modernity”, characterised by the commodification of personal data by tech the tech giants of Google, Facebook and the like. It was a bit of a light-bulb moment for me, personally, and it fits in with the themes of some of our other songs: fear, isolation, asymmetries of power..

11. What do you all do when you’re not musically involved?

JK: Wholesome jobs in nonprofits, science and medicine. Pays the bills and keeps the ship sailing.

 12. In your opinion, what is your best song?

TH: I’d say “Monoliths” or “I of no name” (tracks off our forthcoming EP) are the most fun to play because I get to rock out and throw some shapes down.

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