The Waylayers are gearing up to release their debut EP ‘Re:Verse’ on the back of two critically acclaimed and billboard charting singles. Ahead of their performance at Truck Festival we had a chat with them to talk about the festival, their debut release and Justin Bieber!
Hello Waylayers, how are you today?
Buzzing! we just got played on BBC Radio 1 play by the gent Huw Stephens!
Now you’ve recently been announced for Truck Festival, how excited are you for this?
It’s festival we’ve been wanting to play for a while so we’re really happy to be playing this one. Looking forward to playing with some other great bands this year such as Brawlers, Bo Ningen and of course the wonderful Charlatans.
Do you have any surprises for your performance?
If we told you they wouldn’t be surprises would they?
You are working on the EP ‘RE:VERSE’ at the moment, can you give us an insight into what we can expect?
It’s actually finished now – It’s a big pop record. We’re not holding back anything on this one. Ditties you can sing to the rafters and then dance upon them.
You’ve received a lot of acclaim and praise in your short time as a band, whats the nicest bit of feedback you’ve received?
One fan told us we were all style and no substance.
How did Waylayers start and why did you choose ‘Waylayers’?
It started as a dream. A welsh girl suggested it to me when I was looking for a band name. I thought it looked great, and it means to stop someone in their tracks which I thought was cool when linked to our music music. The dream is still living.
What inspires you to create music?
A part of it is that we want to prove to everyone that we’re good at it! We want to work hard for the talent you know? Is that bad? I mean it’s honest – I’m pretty sure that most artists think this even if they don’t say it in interviews. That and eligibility. I don’t really know. Nothing beats the really fuzzy feeling you get in your gut when you come up with something great though. I guess a part of it is trying to recreate that feeling. I guess the best bit is playing it live to a captive audience, sharing a moment – that’s probably the best bit of this shoddy answer.
What music are you loving at the moment?
Really vibing the new Justin Bieber/Diplo track, and Majid Jordan. I saw Ben Khan play the other week too, he was brilliant.
2015 Could be a big year for Waylayers, what are your aims?
One aim – A successful debut album.
Lastly, If you could tour with and/or have one artist feature on a song with you, who would it be?
You Can See The Excellent Waylayers at Truck Festival in Oxford on 17th – 18th July, please see the website for more information and tickets http://www.truckfestival.com/