We caught up with The Step after their gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
The Coffee House Sessions are a series of live acoustic and semi-acoustic performances from some of the UK’s hottest singer song-writers and acoustic musicians.
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Last year we were joined by the likes of Seafret and Hudson Taylor to name a few…
How are you enjoying the tour so far?
We’re enjoying it a lot, we love it. We plan two or three different venues every day and it’s nice because it’s like we’re musicians all day. It’s great. It’s also a challenge because we’ve never had a gig at midday, you have to understand what’s happening.
Do you have to change your setlist depending on what time of the day it is?
Yeah we do. Sometimes it’s better to keep the tension high so maybe we’ll swap two songs.
How different are your normal sets in London to the ones on the Coffee House tour?
We have a band, so there are four people playing. We squash seven songs in half an hour, like here we do five songs in twenty five. It’s a bit more powerful, but we’re happy because we’re keeping the vibe of romantic songs. It’s not different, but if you listen to the whole set it’s better I think.
How long have you guys been playing together?
Was that when you moved to London? What made you decide to move from Italy?
Yeah, we tried to be musicians in Italy but completely different projects. Separately, we thought the same thing. We’ve loved British music since we were children so at a certain point we decided we wanted to go to a place where we can work on it and can find people to work with. London was the first choice for us because we love the music and how things are set there. We started with that and we found each other there. We love The Beatles, we love The Rolling Stones. Both classic stuff and new bands like Kasabian. You’re British, you know you’ve got the best music in the world!
Is British music big over in Italy?
There is a part of British music we don’t get as it’s too British, but we still enjoy indie. There are some great bands like Oasis who have been huge in Italy, Bastille right now are huge as well. When they won the British award, they were first place in Italy with Pompeii.
Are you particularly inspired by British musicians then, do you use that in your own music?
We do, we try not to do it but it’s something that comes by itself. We’ve listened since we were five years old, my brother came with a Beatles record. That’s the same with Italian music. It’s kind of like we cannot separate one from the other. So it’s all mixed.
Where did the band name come from?
The Step is coming from my fears as I wanted to do music but I used to see it like something very distant and scary. I used to be full of fear about it. Just when I realised that the way to do it is to just focus on the step. Then came the name, that’s something that could remind me how to go on every day. It’s about courage.
What made you decide you wanted to do music in the first place?
When I asked my gig I told my mother I wanted to play guitar and she said yes. I started like that. During my life I wanted to make music – I still want to make music. I could not find any other door. It takes you all your mind thinking about it because you love it. I would prefer it if someone would tell me that I couldn’t do music any more.
Do you write from personal experience or about other things?
Yeah, half is that and half is dreaming about situations as well. For example, there is a song about having a friend but you love that friend and have to say it somehow. That’s something that never happened to me but I felt it as well when there’s a person you like and you want to say something but you’re just too shy. From a feeling that could be similar, I’ve imagined another story.
What was the recording process like for Gravity EP?
The songs I wrote in Italy. We used to record in the studio then we’d add in a couple more guitars. We love solos in the songs so we always try to put it in. We recorded at Metropolis, a studio in London. We got a new song that an engineer from the studio mixed, he has worked with Adele on ‘Hello’ so it was great. That’s a new song we’ll be releasing this summer.
Do you have any other future plans?
We have a few gigs coming in Exeter and Loughborough. We’re going to play with string quartets and a piano in London. Also the Barfly, and hopefully festivals. We’re trying to play in Berlin as we tried to move there as well, so we’re working on that and will see if something comes up! We have until September to move a little bit in Europe: Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona. The thing is we are not doing proper British music, our music is more European. You can’t say that it’s British but you can’t say that it’s Italian. It’s a weird thing, still I hope that it’s something that people could enjoy.Upcoming Events