Interview With Filthy Mellow Orchestra

What was the beginning point for your music career? 

Our individual music careers started pretty similarly to how most peoples start. Start playing music, realise it’s what you want to do with your life and then start the journey…it’s a long one.

How did it all start?

The band had quite an interesting and experimental beginning in that we never planned to be the 3-piece band we have become. The band first started writing together in November ’21 at Rhinocorn rehearsal studios in Cambridge. And while at first we thought a 3-piece would sound too thin we quickly discovered that we could create a massive sound. Jake (vocals and guitar) and Lewis (bass) had been playing together in bands on and off for quite a few years but Liam (drums) was definitely a quick and perfect fit into the mix.

Was there any bumps in the road? 

There are day to day difficulties with being in a band such as money, bookings shows and getting your music heard. None of these things have EVER made us think twice about what we do. We love it too much to stop!

What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

The biggest challenges are not usually what you expect. We’ve had no problems writing, recording and going out and playing our hearts out. But when it comes to things like PR and rolling out new music the challenges seem to come thick and fast. We get through them like every band does but that’s definitely been the most challenging part.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

We’re slowly cultivating a small but tenacious fan base and seeing them react to our new single and to our live show has been absolutely amazing!

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

People assume that ‘old school’ rock music is out dated and boring but that’s not true. We make old school music in an old school way but we’ve brought it into the modern age so that a new generation and older generations can hopefully enjoy it together!

What is your creative process like?

I think it’s safe to say that this band jams more than any other project we’ve separately been a part of. Even if someone has an idea outside rehearsal it will never be a fully complete idea, I think we’d feel that that’s rude to the other members because it would be denying them the chance to input ideas. So one way or another all of these songs have been jammed and worked out by all of us together in a room and that process is also part of what inspires us to write.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

We understand that venues have to make money and it’s difficult, but the stimulation that new bands have to be able bring a crowd before they even get booked as an opener makes it really difficult for new bands.

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Write more, practice more and then just go out and do it. Be prepared for a long hard slog but it’s the most fun you’ll ever have in your life!

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

We have done many shows so far but we are about to embark on ‘The 1AM Tour’ which we’re really excited about. All date and ticket info available on our social media.

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

When Jake isn’t writing music he’s practising music and when he’s not practising music he’s listening to music or going on ‘Guitar Safari’ to buy new guitars and amps. Liam is a big fan of video games and cooking while Lewis also loves cooking and spends a lot of time in the gym.

What is new with the band at the moment? 

We’ve just released a new single called ‘1AM’ and it’s available everywhere on all streaming platforms! We’re also about to embark on a tour to support the single and we couldn’t be more excited.

What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

After the 1AM tour which will go through the summer we have a few things planned…All we can say is that you’ll find out in October