Mitchel Emms is probably best known as being that rocker dude that got to the semi-finals of The Voice UK. But there is much more to him than just a singing competition contestant. He is highly talented, has been gigging since the sweet age of eleven and he recorded his first album in his bedroom. I was lucky enough to catch up with Mitch to discuss his band Mister Nothing, here’s what he had to say;
How did you guys come together as a band?
Mitch – “It was during filming for The Voice that I felt I could actually make this band a reality. John Wilcox had already done the mixing/mastering for the tracks I recorded in my bedroom so he came on board as guitarist and managed to find Matt and Craig in the meantime through all sorts of random scenarios”
How would you describe your sound?
Mitch – “The best way to put it is basically ‘pop songs with anti-pop lyrics, loud drums and guitars’, which I guess doesn’t alienate us from anything. Tells you what we are all about straight away. We carefully straddle the thin line between full out rock/hardcore/grunge and pop/alt/indie. Why be something specific?”
Which song of yours would you recommend people listen to to try you out?
Mitch – “I’d say if you’re looking for a straightforward way into our music, listen to either Losing Game or Fly To Mars. But for the sort of weirder, edgier stuff that we do, you’ll find that with songs like “Dear Happiness”. We’re looking to mix the both of those approaches for our new stuff this year”
Which song on the album means the most to you on a personal level?
Mitch – “Deception is definitely my favourite because it’s the most personal; it’s basically all about being let down and deceived by others and finally meeting an honest caring person. That itself can be a huge relief because a lot of people now are just apathetic and flaky and a lot of people give you promises that they don’t keep, especially in the music industry”
You have just released your album, are there any plans for a UK promotional tour?
Mitch – “We’re currently getting in the studio to record new material. Everything has been a little slow coming into the New Year because we’ve just signed to LMC Records so we’re in a transitional period! But we’ll be able to let everyone know some interesting tour plans soon. We’re apparently going to the USA in June too!”
Where are you most looking forward to playing on the US tour?
Mitch – “Anywhere and everywhere. It’s a west coast tour so I’m looking forward to seeing and playing LA and Las Vegas, but all of the smaller stuff in between as well. I’m actually not fussed; it’ll just be great to play in the US”
How does it feel to finally sign to a label?
Mitch – “It’s strange! It’s nice to be making the first step towards what we all want to do and that’s making this band and ourselves into something more. We’ve got a lot of work to do though so we’ll be making this year count with the label”
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
Mitch – “I’d have to say Kurt Cobain every time. Although if I ever met the guy he would have resented me for going on something like The Voice. But there are other bands and artists who inspire me such as Touché Amore. I think everyone in the band likes rock/hardcore/metal/indie/alt/funk/everything in general.”
How do you and the guys wind down after a gig?
Mitch – “We Drink! Lots of Water! Well, I do. We mainly just socialize, hang out and have a few beers to kick back. I don’t think we’ve ever been the type of band to hide away and attempt to be mysterious like all the ‘cool’ bands do. Life’s too short to care about that. We all just make sure that everyone who has turned up to our show knows that we extremely appreciate them and want make them feel at home with us”
How would you describe the rest of the band?
Mitch – “Loveable assholes with greater beard growing capabilities than me, except John. John is the same as me, except he’s the clean cut one in the band and therefore is favourite amongst certain circles of a specific gender. I think they would describe me as a douchebag probably. We all love and hate each other in a healthy way that balances us all out. Let’s see if we can get through 2014 in one piece!”