#28. Ten Questions With… Stray Lions

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?

Miike Snow

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

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