Cape Town, South Africa – one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, and I’m not just saying that because I’m South African. Home to Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Winelands and, now, Boston Light Band. A pop-rock sensation, the lads are known for their high-energy performances and passionate tracks. We chat with Andreas Potgieter (guitar and vocals) and Simon Orrey (drums and vocals) about their new single ‘In Her Feels’, discovering music and much more!
Why did you choose to enter the music industry?
We couldn’t see ourselves doing anything else. We both studied degrees but kept coming back to music. We found ourselves devoting all our time to making music and figured why do anything else!
Also, because neither of us wanted to become accountants or chemists – the degrees that we studied!
What can you tell us about your single ‘In Her Feels’?
‘In Her Feels’ was one of the first songs we wrote as a band and has never left the setlist. It has been a favourite to play and has always created a connection with the crowd. It is a melancholic song with a deep subject matter and cool danceable energy.
We decided to record ‘In Her Feels’ on the day before lockdown whilst listening to a number of live demo versions of our songs. ‘In Her Feels’ stood out for us and we thought that the next few weeks of isolation would be the perfect time to finally sit down and release the track.
What was the recording and writing process like?
We challenged ourselves to only use four instruments as creatively as possible (voice, guitar, drums and bass). We had limited access to anything else due to lockdown. The recording process just flowed, seeing as we have such a deep connection to the song. We did add a few instruments and tweak the structure, but all in all, it went really smoothly.
What do you hope people take from your music?
We want people to feel something, anything. We tend to work on the extremes of human emotion and our songs echo that, either being excruciatingly deep or a good laugh! We try to only write music that means something to us and we really hope that resonates with our listeners.
Which is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?
It’s pretty much equal. We often find ourselves adapting a melody to match the lyrics or vice versa.
Describe your music in three words.
Meaningful, catchy and emotive.
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
We find a lot of gems on curated playlists on streaming platforms and the internet. We also spend a lot of time listening to indie radio stations and podcasts.
What does the future hold for you?
Obviously, prolific music releasing and a sold-out show at Wembly.
We are going to continue to release singles and make bad home videos for them for the rest of the year, so keep an eye on our socials for that! Then, hopefully, tour next year.
What advice do you have for any person planning to become a musician?
The hardest step is doing it, so just do it. Our biggest regret is not starting sooner because of how much we have learned and grown in such a short time. Be willing to explore all avenues in the music industry because you never know where inspiration, the right person or your next break will be. That being said, don’t be scared to be firm about the brand of music you want to make.
Do you have any message for our readers?
Hey, we are Boston Light Band from Cape Town, South Africa. Shout out to all of you reading this! Follow us for more music and bad home videos!