Collected take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Collected to tell us all about themselves!

A song that make you want to make music? 

Guitar Hero III Legends of rock. 

Best rider you’ve ever had? 

It’s not the best rider but we had one promoter tell us “You’ll also have a basic rider, free soft drinks etc”. At the show, I ask the guy after if I can get a coke and he looked at me like I’m an alien and slowly comes out with..”I can buy you a drink if you like?”… I told him not to worry about it, he looked like a deer caught in headlights. Very awkward moment. 

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band? 

Probably the whole 2019 Metal 2 The Masses run. It just seemed surreal at the time showing up each round to a packed out venue all the way to the final. Liam even crowd surfed for the first time so that was a laugh!     

Deepest lyric one of your songs features? 

“I’m gonna peel your face back and see what lies benefits.” 

Easiest song you wrote? 

Our single Love with Fury practically wrote its self.  

Favourite song in your set? 

Have to be Say When. 

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record? 

Probably Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. That guy can spit bars or maybe a sax solo from our old tutor Malcolm Miles.    

Hardest thing about being in a band? 

Being real though, sometimes the hardest part is being too hard on yourself. It can be both very rewarding and unrewarding at times and trying not to be too overly critical of yourself is difficult to overcome.

Interesting fact about one of your members? 

Our singer is a postie.  

Jokes you have in the band? 

Our drummer saying CBA when you ask him why he didn’t do something. 

Key to writing a song? 

Convey emotion, have something to say. Play in E major and all the the tension in the air. That’s our way. The only way. The Collected way. 

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show? 

Definitely Nottingham. Took us about 6 hours there and back. 

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced? 

Sleep Token. 

New band you’d recommend? 

Humbleslug are hella captivating.    

Opening for this band would be ideal? 

Tesseract or Monuments would be nuts.  

Place you’d most like to tour?

It’d have to be between Europe, America and Canada.  

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers? 

Get swifty in here. 

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release? 

We just finished recording the EP so to celebrate we went to this really nice pizza place round the corner called “The Hive” the owner Diego was so welcoming and noticed our drummer was drinking some vodka, he decided to bring out a bottle of his own vodka and asked him if he’d like a top-up and said, “Say when”. Artis claims he didn’t hear him say that and ended up with basically a pint of vodka! So yeah that’s where the name came from. On the way back home we were chatting about how our time there was such a great way to end the recording process that we decided to use that quote to remember the positive vibes and experience we shared as a band.     

See us live at? 

Following our socials would definitely be the easiest way to keep up to date with our upcoming events. 

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree? 

No. It’s subjective but new or old, music has and is going to have its bangers and clangers.   

Unusual merchandise? 

Branded mankini’s would be a shout!?

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs? 

There might be a little Synth-wave rendition of Say When coming in the not so distant future. 

What do your fans mean to you? 

Everything. They mean the world to us. 

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

I sat on a pin at our last show and it stuck to my butt. Also, there was that one time Liam jumped of stage, cracked his ankle and vomited on himself. But to answer your question, no he didn’t seek any medical help. 

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it? 

Chris. He hasn’t woke up yet. 

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band? 

A hummingbird for sure. 

Elizabeth Birt

January 13, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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