#YMXINTERVIEW | In conversation with LOAstate. A band that sets a higher standard in the unsigned music scene.

Imaging if Nirvana had a baby with 21 Pilots. Energetic choruses, hip-hop beats, dark vibes and cutting lyrics.
They’re called LOAstate and they’ll soon become your next favourite band. The Manchester-based alternative 5 piece band started its journey only in 2019, but can already praise for a distinctive and unique sound and a solid fanbase even due of their creative and engaging initiatives like personal studio diaries and a podcast which focuses on insightful conversations with other hardworking artists and creatives — both of which can be found at their YouTube page.
A band that made me fall in love immediately with their sound. Let’s meet them properly!

YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.

LOAstate: We started as a little recording project back in 2018. We locked ourselves away for a year with no real plan. We just wanted to be as creative as possible. Once we got a substantial body of work together we hooked up with producer Matt Terry to develop our sound. Everything you’re hearing is a result of these sessions. Our aim is to open up the conversation around the mental health/ meaning crises and hope to inspire people to pursue that what presents itself as meaningful to them.

YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound? 

LOAstate: The genre we attach ourselves to is Alternative. We’ve come from Indie Rock world and Hip-hop has been a massive inspiration to our creative process so it’s kind of a hybrid of the two. We’re trying to not think about it too much and let people have their own interpretation of what our sound is.

YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far? 

LOAstate: As a collective, I’d say Kanye West. His output and the way he goes about making records is inspiring. It’s all about building a team of individuals all aiming towards a common goal.

YMX: You recently released “SAME AS YOU”. Can you tell us how that project came about? 

LOAstate: The latest single Same As You came from a Nirvana binge. I was trying to figure out Drain You on guitar when this tune popped out. We’re releasing a trilogy of E.Ps over the next year and this is a track from the first E.P titled ‘Love’ which will be out in October.

YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, but the music industry and arts, in general, took a heavy hit. How did you guys cope with that, musically speaking? 

LOAstate: We’ve just done what we’ve always done and tried to remain as creative as we possibly can. We started up a podcast which was fun, we’ve still been recording. The whole industry has been completely flatlined so we’ve just tried to use the time to catch up. It’s a shame about the gig scene because it’s where you can build a following. We’ve only had one gig so don’t feel we’ve been able to show that side off yet. We have a massive live sound and hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can get back out there and play these tunes live which is where we believe they shine.

YMX: Do you consider important working together in a team, or do you prefer working alone? 

LOAstate: I write alone mostly but this project has brought out the collaborative side in me. For me there’s nothing better than getting a bunch of individuals together all with their own tastes and ways of doing things and creating something that means something to all of you. You have to remain really open to be able to do this but it’s been a great journey so far and we’ve all learnt a lot.

YMX: What are you looking for, in terms of promotion? What do you think could be helpful to promote your music around? 

LOAstate: We just need to be put in front of the right audience. There’s an important message behind all of this that we believe could help a lot of people out like it has helped us. The whole process has been very meditative. The way to find your audience is to get your music in front of as many people as you can. The way to do this nowadays is through editorial playlists so we’re focusing on hitting them. Reviews help too. Other people telling people to listen to us carries more salt than us just knocking on doors like salesmen. We’re in it for the long run though and are trying to remain patient.

YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself? 

LOAstate: I think it’s a chance to escape. There’s a feeling of awe that hits when you go watch a gig and everyone’s moving as one. It’s a collective experience where you get to transcend reality for an hour or two. It helps to spread the name as I said above but it’s more the experience for me. A chance to bond with people in ways that cannot be expressed with words.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.) 

LOAstate: Over the year we’ll be releasing our trilogy of E.Ps LOVE – PEACE – ANARCHY. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get back to gigging. The aim is to take that underground when it comes back. It suits our whole aesthetic. There’s a story behind all this that we want to bring to the forefront. The aim is to do this through film and we’re currently trying to learn about film and storytelling and how we can combine it all together. We set big goals for ourselves and this gives us the drive and motivation to create to the best of our ability and hopefully, help a few people out along the way.