ARTS AND FEATURES — 07 January 2014

Liam and his bandmate Samuel J Welch in a press shot

By David Hennessy

North London-based electronic duo Siloet have impressed with their live show, been compared to greats of their genre such as Disclosure, Bondax and AlunaGeorge, and are now receiving attention from major record labels.

The unit of Liam Gallagher and Samuel J Welch have been playing together since they were 14 years old and have already released the tracks Control and The Score but chosen not to charge for their music at present, believing it is unfair to have to pay for music of an unknown band and have only asked that people like their Facebook page to receive the tracks.

Guitarist Liam, who has family in Achill Island, says: “We thought ‘we’re not really anyone at the moment’ and if we sold one of our songs Control or The Score and got like a couple of hundred quid, I would rather a couple of hundred people show their appreciation by a Facebook like rather than 79p, you’re accumulating fans and interacting with them online. I think’s really important these days and Facebook and Soundcloud are good platforms to do that. We’ve got 2 songs and we’ve got nearly three and a half thousand Facebook likes so they have shot up quite quickly. I’m quite happy about that.”

The band played their first live show on December 20 at Shoreditch’s Rich Mix where they went down so well, they have already been asked back to headline a show: “It was quite scary to be honest. It being the first one, it was daunting and when we got there the stage and everything was big and intimidating but glad we did it, it went down really well, we’ve been asked back so I guess they liked it.”

Liam’s famous namesake, the Liam Gallagher formerly of Oasis

This month provides the band with an even bigger showcase when they play on John Govier’s show on BBC Radio Devon on January 25: “I can’t wait. I’m nervous because that’s a radio station that all my friends and my family listen to because they’re in Devon. It’s going to be a bit of a big interview and then we’re going to play three or four songs live. That should be good fun. I think I’m more nervous about actually talking on the radio rather than playing my instrument if you know what I mean.”

Both from Ashburton in Devon, the duo first met at school: “We’ve been writing music together since we were 14, we had a little duo thing when we were 14 to when we left school and went into different directions. Sam moved to Guildford, I moved to London and then about two years ago, I managed to convince him to come to London and write some songs again. We had a three/four year break and then started this Siloet project about two years ago.”

Liam plays guitar, Sam provides vocals. Both produce together from the studio in their home.

Siloet’s recent performance at Rich Mix

What has it been like for Liam to have a name that is already quite famous in the music world? “To be honest, it’s a nightmare,” Liam laughs. “Sam says hopefully it will be a blessing one day but I think I wish I didn’t have that name because everyone goes on about it. When I was at uni, people would ring me up and sing Oasis down the phone and then hang up and I never got the chance to even say hello or anything. Whenever any sort of authority figure speaks to me, they go: ‘Stop mucking around, what’s your name? What’s your real name?’ I dread them asking my name and even worse them asking what I actually do or try to do (have a music career) and then they have a good giggle.”

And there’s a good chance that this 24-year-old Liam, with roots in Achill Island rather than the Meath and Mayo roots of the former Oasis frontman, will soon be well known in his own right: “We’ve had some major labels started to show a little bit of interest which is really nice and quite scary. Nothing in stone but we’ve had a meeting just before Christmas with Warner and then we had a few others with Parlophone and Sony so we’re just trying to make this year as big as we can especially doing our live set and draw some attention from the record labels that have already heard of us.

“It would be really nice if by the time the summer comes around that we’re able to play live at some festivals. That would be really, really big for us.”

Liam and Sam are looking to release some more music but which track specifically follows Control and The Score may be difficult to decide as the duo have 60-65 tracks completed and ready to go: “We’ve got  a big catalogue of music, we’ve been taking our time but we’ve been told by our friends to stop taking our time and get some music out there so I think this year we’re gonna let out a little bit more. I think we’re gonna try and get another release in February/ March.”

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/SiloetOfficial.

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