Check out Emmy's interview with Matt Burnside
Emmy: How did the name come about?
Matt: The name came really easy to be honest, it was a nod to
people not always wearing their true feelings for all to see, thankfully we talk about mental health nowadays a lot more and beneath the surface people can be really struggling. The name just fitted and it sounded great!
Emmy: How would you describe your genre to someone who isn't familiar with your music? Matt: Maybe electronica, pop, some synthwave elements and some techno? It's really difficult to put in to a genre for us as it keeps developing which we love but it's electronic music with an 80's influence, big analogue synthesizers and grooving percussion.
Emmy: How did the band form? Matt: The Ocean Beneath started life as a shared ideal between Rich Blacker and myself, Matt Burnside. We both wanted to create new music moving away from our previous ventures with an 80’s influence and a modern push on the production. We also wanted to bring in as many other people as possible along the way for collaborations so we did just that. We released our debut EP in 2019 and have worked with loads of great artists including Nath Jackson, Fran Minney, Mik Crone and more. In Feb of 2020 Rich wanted to take some time away from the project so now I’m just pushing things forward and doubling down on the collaborations.
Emmy: What are some of the artists that influence you?
Matt: I would say that different artists influence the music in very different ways. Gunship, HVOB and LCD Soundsystem certainly help shape the electronic pallette and grooves but David Bowie and Pink Floyd have really helped with the structures and hooks. Emmy: If you could tour with any artist or band (still active or not) who would it be? Matt: Maybe LCD Soundsystem, they just look to have such a good time on stage.
Emmy: What's your favorite show you've played?
Matt: With the pandemic stuff stopping all live shows for now we’ve kind of put that idea on ice. We do have live shows planned, we even have the setup and how it’s all going to work mapped out but as things are our energy is best spent elsewhere.
Emmy: What's the future hold for the band?
Matt: We’re working on a full length album at the moment, a collaboration EP and hopefully a lot more into next year. 2020 has been a weird one but with modern technology we've still managed to release music which is great.