Whilst prancing around Electric Fields festival last weekend, we had a chat with Oscar and Haydn from Sundara Karma! We talk the new album, ringtones, festivals and more! Give it a read below!
You’ve had a busy festival season, what’s been a stand out festival experience or moment?
Oscar: Em. Glastonbury, that was pretty mad! And truck festival, was really good. That was pretty, ah, boisterous, there was a lot of, eh, lot of young kids there who knew our songs, which was the first time that really happened. Yeah, we felt like a big band.
Haydn: Like a real band
Oscar: Big rock band, pop band.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at a festival so far?
Oscar: eh oh, TCB probably
Haydn: TCB man
Oscar: Yeah, that’s the weirdest thing that happened.
How do you think your Scottish Electric Fields experience is going to compare to other festivals?
Haydn: Think it’s going to be up there! I mean the sun is shining, Primal Scream are probably here and we’re looking forward to it! It looks cool, it’s a lovely part of the world here.
Has this been your only Scottish festival?
Oscar: Like ever
Ever?!? so this is your first festival then?
Oscar: In Scotland yeah!
That’s cool! You embark on a headline tour in September! What can fans expect, what do you have in store for them?
Oscar: New songs! Em… that’s about it!
Haha! So your debut album “Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect” comes out in January next year! What was the writing process for the album, how did you approach it?
Oscar: I guess with any debut, it’s a collection of songs that you’ve written over loads of years before. You know, whatever song you have, whether you start writing at 14 or whatever, up until now, is a contender for the album so… it’s weird like, if you’re writing a second album maybe you have a year to write them but with first albums, it’s however long you’ve got before you’ve got pressure to put something out. So that’s the writing process… a collection of loads of songs that we’ve had since this band started.
You released “She Said” from your forthcoming album only a few days ago, how do you feel about the reception it has received?
Oscar: Good! It’s been really positive! I think with each release the response seems to get more and more intense, which is nice!
Great! We’re going to go onto a quick fire round! So what’s the first gig you ever went to?
Haydn: No way! Mine was Bruce Springsteen!
Oscar: That’s pretty cool!
They’re both really, really good ones! What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
Oscar: Westlife when I was younger, but I don’t know now! Eh, you like Taylor Swift right? Actually I’ve gone off Taylor.
Haydn: I’m not even guilty about it though.
Oscar: Yeah, I’ve gone off Taylor… You got anything that springs to mind?
Haydn: Boys Like Girls! That one song, Waiting for A Star to Fall. That’s a real guilty pleasure!
They’re quite good ones.
Oscar: What would be a really bad one?
Fifth Harmony? Actually, em, I don’t know… Scissor Sisters?
Oscar: I don’t mind listening to a bit of the Scissor Sisters!
That’s pretty guilty! Mine is Earth, Wind and Fire but Earth, Wind and Fire are my favourite band so…
Oscar: That’s not guilty! You should have a T-Shirt mate!
They’re all over my flat right now! Em, if you could have written any song ever, what one would it be?
The best song of all time! What’s your current ringtone?
Oscar: Em, it’s the one that goes
Haydn: *Imitates ringtone noise*
Oscar: Something like that.
Haydn: The beach one.
Oscar: You got that at the beach?
Haydn: Yeah the same one as Al. What’s that one called Al?! *Imitates more ringtone noises*
Al: Seaside? That one.
Haydn: The beach one. That’s my one… I can’t afford to pay for one.
Oscar: Actually mines on silent most of the time… It’s just like a vibration.
What’s the worst gift you’ve ever given or received?
Oscar: I dunno… I keep getting this fucking camera cup! Do you know the camera cup!?
Haydn: Oh yeah!
Oscar: I’ve got it for like… the past 3 Christmases from Santa.
Haydn: Yeah, I have got one of those!
Oscar: I’ve got like 6… well I’ve got 3! Haha!
Haha! So your last question! What’s been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Oscar: Ehhh… Getting dropped in a crowd surf, it’s very school of rock. Yeah, I mean it wasn’t embarrassing at the time cause I was really, really drunk but looking back on it, it was probably a bit embarrassing.
It would have been sore!
Oscar: Yeah, I bruised my ribs! I did but I didn’t realise how painful it was at the time cause I was so numb.
Thank you so much for talking to us guys! THANK YOU!
Catch Sundara Karma this September! Trust us, it’ll be gid!