By Megan Williams
With new bands coming and going all the time, it can be difficult to establish a name for yourself in the music industry, but that is exactly what Jayden, Inigo, Luke and Josh of With Confidence seem to be doing. From acoustic shows around Sydney to touring with huge names like You Me At Six, they are doing everything to get themselves heard and With Confidence is rapidly gaining a dedicated following. With an impressive 11,000 followers on twitter and over 40,000 likes on Facebook, it is clear that people like the band.
With Confidence have a punk vibe to themselves and their music, their songs reminiscent of Blink 182 and All Time Low. As a band, they say they draw influence from bands like the aforementioned, as well as You Me At Six, The Strokes, Foo Fighters and many more. Their latest single ‘Take Me Away’ off their upcoming EP typifies their style, with a heavy guitar influence and a catchy drumbeat. Having said this, it has a noticeably more mature sound than on their Youth EP and it is great for fans to see the music growing the band.
When asked what they were most looking forward to at the moment, the boys teased that they had big plans for the next sixth months and we can’t wait to see what they will do. With Confidence is definitely a band to watch, with the infallible combination of musical talent and drive that makes their potential limitless. Most importantly, they seem to be having fun with what they are doing, constantly cracking jokes and making light of the situations they find themselves in, which will only allow them to go further!
What is your ultimate goal/dream for the band?
Writing music that makes people feel something, then playing that music full-time all throughout the world. Also being big enough to request hummus and crackers at every show.
What is the best thing about touring?
Road trips, live shows, getting away, new faces, and traveling with your best friends. We have endless good stories we know will stay with us forever but honestly wouldn't know where to start.
You just toured with Marianas Trench, what was the best bit about the tour?
Playing some of the biggest shows we've ever played with a killer band we love and respect. Also drawing back to the hummus and crackers, eating their food and drinking their beers at every show.
What has been your favourite place to perform live so far?
Roundhouse with You Me At Six and Tonight Alive.
What's your dream place to perform?
We'd have to say Wembley Stadium. But honestly playing anywhere where people sing our words back to us will never get old.
Who would you say are your main influences as a band?
Combined we agreed on:
You Me At Six, The Strokes, All Time Low, Kings of Leon, The Dangerous Summer, Blink 182, Foo Fighters, The Story So Far, Motion City Soundtrack and Greenday. (Haha just a couple.)
Nothing we do would be possible without someone listening and the support we have found means the world. Forever thankful.
What can you tell us about the new music you have coming out in the near future?
The new EP's out January and revolves around the idea of escapism and wanting to do more, be more and get out and see the world. To us it's a lot more mature than our Youth EP and we can't wait to hear what people think.
If you weren't in the band right now, what would you be doing?
We'd be pretty f***ed haha.
How did you come up with the band name 'With Confidence' and were there any other options you considered?
We came to our current name from The Dangerous Summer's song 'Of Confidence' and jumbled it around a bit. It was one of the first songs we covered as a band. Before that we had 'Watermelon Saturdays' (We'd jam on Saturdays and Josh's mum gave us watermelon to snack on haha), and 'Sunsets & Silhouettes' but we're pretty stoked we went with With Confidence.
What are your favourite songs/artists at the moment?
Collectively we're digging Drown by BMTH. Such a sick direction for that band and awesome to see them instantly blow every other rock band out of the water. Hall and Oats - Man Eater, Hourglass - Trophy Eyes get notable mentions too!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue music as a career?
Before you commit make sure it's 100% what you want as pursuing music takes a lot out of you. Your time and money will quickly disappear and if you do become successful, distance between loved ones and everything you know can be hard. If it's what you want, go hard and stay true to yourself and your sound. Nothing is quite like being a part of this band and we'd honestly be lost without it.
Finally, do you have anything to say to your fans?
You guys are absolute legends for getting behind our music and getting out to shows. Nothing we do would be possible without someone listening and the support we have found means the world. Forever thankful.
With Confidence’s new EP “Distance” was released on the 13th of January and is available from iTunes and from their website- make sure to grab yourself a copy!
Check out With Confidence on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.
Get Distance on iTunes here
Get the physical copy of Distance here
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