Jennifer Hatt and Rakan Mosely are Stray Lions. When I first saw this duo perform just 3 songs at Monkey Chews at the Open Mic session lets say they made a lasting impression. Those three songs were brilliant but it is Under Control that stuck out.
This is a duo that I would like to hear more of and I fully intend to be there at their debut at the Luminaire on 5th February.
Jen and Rakan were so kind enough to find some time spare and aswer the questions:
Q 01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?
Rakan: My first instrument was a Casio mini keyboard that had a few different drum beats and piano sounds. It had the cheesiest demo song programmed that I still remember today.
Jen: I had a mini guitar given to me when I was 6, that was always missing a string and I would attempt to strum along to the family records.
Q 02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?
The TF in Castlebar, Ireland, supporting The Blizzards. We really enjoyed it.
Q 03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
We would collaborate with Jack White and Dave Grohl! The White Crooked Lions!
Q 04. Favourite song to sing live and why?
Our favourite song to sing live is called Hummingbird. We like the vocal range, the attitude and its soulfulness.
Q 05. Favourite music venue and why?
Jen: My favourite music venue used to be the Astoria before it closed down. Now Shepherds Bush Empire tops my list.
Rakan: My favourite venue is the Santa Barbara Bowl in Southern California. Not only is it in my hometown, but it sits beautifully in our foothills and there is always a starry sky above.
Q 06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
Our inspiration comes in part from past experiences. It also comes from our surroundings and human nature.
Q 07. Describe your music in 3 words?
Dynamic, Textured, Emotive
Q 08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?
Rakan: The biggest tip I could give a new artist is to set specific goals and work towards them while enjoying each step of the process.
Jen: I would say keep practising everyday and don’t listen to anyone who tries to dissuade you.
Q 09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?
Q 10. Goals for the year?
Our goal for the year is to land ourselves a deal and tour extensively.
To hear more from Stray Lions go to: http://www.myspace.com/straylions
If you like what you hear they are making their debut at The Luminaire, Kilburn on 5th February