As the B12 Entertainment roster grows, so too does the list of must-interview emerging bands. In comes Stereo Fire…
RECORD WEEKLY’S INTERVIEW WITH STEREO FIRE
Hello hello, how are you?
We’re really good thanks!
Introduce us to Stereo Fire. How and when did you form?
We’re a four piece indie/skater punk band from Ayr, consisting of Leah (lead vocals, guitar and songwriter), Callum (lead guitar), Luka (bass) and Aaron (drums).
We formed in late 2019. I [Leah] was friends with Aaron and knew he played drums, so I sent him a text asking if he wanted to start a band. Luckily, he said yes and we got jamming. Aaron brought Callum along to fill in for lead guitar and we all clicked immediately. After our first gig at Maybole Christmas lights switch-on, I got talking to Luka at college and he then joined the band.
At what point did you decide that getting into music was what you wanted to do?
Music was something we all grew up with — it was constantly around us. We all come from different musical backgrounds though.
Leah: Growing up, music was always an escape for me. I’d come home and sit down to my guitar, and writing music was the best therapy adolescent me could find. It really got me through the hardest times — and still does. I’ll always be so grateful for music and I hope I can help people with my songs the way other musicians helped me.
Callum: I was quite late to playing guitar; I maybe started when I was about 12/13. It was just a hobby for me until we formed the band. I never really had any intentions of going down the band route until I met Leah.
Ah and here you all are now!
Aaron: At school, I liked other subjects but nothing really had my interest like music did. That was the only lesson I really wanted to go to. I also knew it was what I wanted to do because I couldn’t — and still can’t — imagine myself doing anything else.
Luka: I first got into music from a young age but I wasn’t until around 4th year that I decided I wanted to actually be a musician. My mum was a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC and my dad was more into listening to My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Biffy Clyro. Plus, my grandma being the biggest music fan and festival/gig-goer I know, who’s seen the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, etc, also got me further into music. So I’d say I’ve always had a pull towards music, even though I’m the only one in my part of the family who actually plays an instrument.
Which bands and artists have been the most influential on your sound?
The most influential bands and artists for us are definitely Biffy Clyro, Arctic Monkeys and Paramore. They’ve always inspired us, and listening to them before playing a gig hypes us up.
Are there any Scottish musicians in particular that you find particularly exciting right now?
Scottish musicians we all share love for are definitely Twin Atlantic, Fatherson and, of course, Biffy Clyro. Other bands breaking the music scene such as Spyres, Slix and Stoned Immaculate also make us want to keep pushing forward.
You’ve just released your first single — how has it been received?
We are still so buzzing about the release! Working in SoundShape Studios was definitely one of our proudest moments. The song came together so well and the feedback we have been getting is unreal. It’s so exciting to see everyone’s reactions and all the playlists and even different countries it’s been played in!
What’s next on the agenda for you?
We’re hoping to get an EP out in the near future. Since our first experience in the studio, all we have wanted to do is jump straight back in! There are so many songs we can’t wait to record and for you all to hear. Another thing we want to work towards is playing festivals during summer — it would be so much fun just vibing with good tunes and the sun.