Face to face with Isolated Atoms.

isolated atomsUp-and-coming bands with ambitions matching their sound are absolutely priceless. To discover such a band might take a lot of time, but once you discover them, you won’t want to let them go, not even for the whole world. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up to Isolated Atoms – the band hailing from Black Country with massive tunes and similarly massive ambitions. The band’s lead singer Grant shared with me their master plan and some secrets on how to write a great song.

April will see the release of your new single ‘Hold On’. What was the
main inspiration for the song?

The Main Inspiration for ‘Hold On’ basically came from giving people hope! Giving people the inspiration that they can achieve, some times in life its easy to quit but I think if you carry on then you can reap the rewards, that’s where the lyric ‘just be strong & hold on’ came from. I feel it can be a big song because it can relate to everyone from the kid on a football trial, the guy wanting the girl, the soldier on the frontline looking forward to seeing his family again, to the person on the hospital bed & to the person with the Monday morning blues. I think it relates to varied people & can really touch people that to me is what a good song should be.

How did you like working with Gavin Monaghan on the track?

Yeah we have worked with Gav on a few tracks now. I just think he really gets our band, gets our strange Black Country sense of humour through living in the area for years, he really cares about the song & really chips in with he process of making the song the best it can be which I think shows in the body of work we have created while working with him.

You aim at causing all kinds of emotions with your songs. How do you manage to achieve this special atmosphere, which is undoubtedly present in your music? 

I think this is just by trying to create big songs that can relate to people. If a song can make people love, cry, dream that’s what we are about. A song has to be believable & honest which is what we try to do with every song. I guess the best example of a band that have isolated atoms 3done this for years is U2 and they haven’t done too bad.

What’s the best environment for you to write your songs in?

We write the start of most of our songs in the practice room & once we have taken it to the max in practice we take it straight to our studio & work on the layout. We make sure the music & melody works together. Melody is very important to us because if you haven’t got a good melody you haven’t got a good song. Then me & Mark (Guitars) usual sit down & work on the lyrics. The lyrics are usually the final piece in the puzzle.

What’s the story behind the formation of Isolated Atoms?

Well, me and Mark were in a rock band for a few years together which disbanded. I joined a band with Yang (Drums) which also disbanded. David (Bass) had just moved to the area from Newcastle and heard we were looking for a bass player who played keys so he made us a unit. So yeah we started this band from the best of failed bands and projects that never really got off the ground. We all believe we can take this to the top and we all pull in the same direction which I think is what’s needed to be successful. The ambition in this band is massive.

In your opinion, what are the most distinct traits of the band that make 
you stand out? 

I don’t think we sound like any new bands that are coming out. Bands lack ambition. There must be something wrong with you if you don’t want to be as big as U2, Oasis, Springsteen etc. Playing sold out shows at Wembley that’s the goal. Some people may say that’s unrealistic right now but why not think big. I think we have a big global sound that given the chance we could really make it big here and across the Atlantic.

How have Isolated Atoms evolved since the formation of the band?

We have changed quite a bit over the past few years; I just think you have to find yourself as a musician and as a unit together. We know each other inside out now which takes a while. It’s like being in a relationship, it takes a while to see how you tick and what works! We are happy as a band & feel we all know what we want to write and how to create it.

isolated atoms 4What are your biggest dos and donts concerning live performances?

DO – Try to put on the best show you can every time you step on a stage!

DON’T – Drink that much that you haven’t got a clue what songs you’re about to play!!

If you had a chance to share a stage with any musician, who would it be and why? 

For me it would be the remaining members of The Doors. They are my favourite band of all time and I love the music and loved everything about Morrison. The songs, his voice, the Persona, the Mystic of the band. So to share a stage with Ray, Robby & John would really be incredible!

What inspired you to become a musician in the first place?

Me personally was listening to my Father’s record collection as a child. From a young age I was listening to Elvis, Jonny Cash, Scott Walker, Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison etc. I just loved the voices & wanted to sing & have people listen to me on record. I started to sing and really enjoyed it, I soon realised it was the only thing I was good at & the only thing I wanted to do!

What’s your biggest ambition concerning Isolated Atoms?

The ambition is to take the band all the way! We want to play stadiums, Arenas, Headline Festivals, have big selling albums! As I said earlier why wouldn’t you?? For the time being play as many shows as we can, tour everywhere we can and just try and make as many people aware of us as possible!

Photo courtesy: Dave Timmins

2 Responses to “Face to face with Isolated Atoms.”
  1. eva6kora says:

    Great interview! Very inspirational. Love the philosophy of it – don’t give up, think big and go as far as you can. Anyone can relate to that. Well done to the band for knowing what they want and going for it. They surely have the right potential!

    • Olga says:

      So true. I really loved that they do know what exactly they want from life and music. I’m sure they’ll get there with such a potential, talent and confidence.

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