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Sitting on board their giant orange tour bus, putting their feet up before setting on stage supporting Lostprophets in Birmingham, London based dubstep act MODESTEP vocalist Josh Friend and guitarist Nick Tsang talk to Counteract about themselves, the music business and musical legend Stevie Wonder.
The lads describe their sound as “Loud, energetic and muscular” giving a lot of credit to the internet for their sudden rise in popularity, with particular focus on UKF Dubstep and the Dubstep music page on Facebook.
Dubstep is becoming one of those ever expanding genres of music that relies heavily on not only its audience, but other leading figures within its own community. “It was tough to be accepted by the dubstep community, because we just appeared suddenly waving the flag for UK dubstep. Some of the top guys are even coming to terms with us, realising that we are a serious outfit.”
In recent news it has been suggested that record sales are at an all-time low, which could seriously affect the music industry. “I don’t actually think they’re at an all-time low. I think the fact that the internet allows people to access music that they don’t know or don’t usually listen to is making them want to buy music more again. I think the industry is on its way up, and independent labels are where it’s gonna be at.”
It doesn’t matter what type of musician you are there are always going to be people you wish you could collaborate with. Among the names were Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg. “They’re not the type of people you would expect, just people who are sick song writers.”
The guys played an amazing live set with Lostprophets at the O2 Academy Birmingham, and will be supporting them through the rest of the UK on their ‘WEAPONS’ tour. Be sure to catch them live if you can, and keep a look out for their latest single ‘Show me A Sign’ April 29 through iTunes.
Read our review from Lostprophets at O2 Academy Birmingham on April 24 here.
About Robert Mann
I've always had a love for music, whether it's live performance or simply listening to the same CD or MP3 over and over again. I'm into a diversity of musical genres, but some of my favourite bands are: Bowling For Soup, Mayday Parade, Go Radio, HIM, Kids In Glass Houses, Killswitch Engage, Newton Faulkner, Frank Turner, Limp Bizkit, Young Guns, The Misfits, The Ramones........ The list carries on for a fair bit, but hopefully you'll see something you like! Adios for now amigos!