The Reflections

Emma Morgan Duke By Emma Morgan Duke, 6th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is an interview and article I wrote for a assignment for university. It is about local bands becoming more known in the area and how it affects them.

The Reflections.

The Reflections are becoming a well known band throughout Glasgow, playing various small venues for their fans. All four of the band mates; Vincent, Michael, Cameron and Daniel still enjoy the excitement of being on stage in front of a crowd but can sometimes find it quite daunting when their fans come out in force to support them.
A school band project in 2008 at their high school in East Kilbride was the bands first taste of playing music in front of a crowd. Playing a small school gig such as this gave the four boys the encouragement to continue on and perform to of students their own age all over Glasgow. Playing a variety of covers and their own original songs The Reflections have accumulated a fan base of people who appreciate the music they have to offer.
Speaking to Vincent Docherty, lead vocalist and guitarist of The Reflections, CULT magazine get to know the ins and outs of becoming a successful student band.

The Reflections- you seem to be going well.
Yeah! It’s strange how much people enjoy hearing us play. We aren’t the most talented band in the world but we love what we do. To us this is a brilliant past time.

Your band name; where did that come from?
It’s Michael’s favourite song. It just stuck as a brilliant name for us. It’s performed by MGMT. Fantastic song.

What’s the back story? How did it all begin?
Well we came about for a school band night. Michael Reid, the lead guitarist, and I fancied giving it a go. We just asked some friends if they could play the bass guitar or drums to help us out. Daniel Kelly was a keen drummer and Cameron Hastings claimed he could play the bass, without even owning one. So we got together, a group of mates, and just had fun with it. We practiced other bands songs that we could showcase in this band night. We played not brilliantly, but had a fantastic time on stage. We all decided to keep at it and see if we could improve and we have had fun doing so.

You practiced other bands songs so are you based on anyone in particular or do you have your own sense of style now that you have more experience?
I wouldn’t say we are experienced, but yes we definitely have our own style. I don’t just sit back, I take it all in. I think our biggest influences are the bands we play with at gigs. They all have their own identity and I get encouraged by that. I look at them and think what are they trying to get at? What is the purpose of their music?
I think the music we play is so varied it’s hard to pin down who our musical influences are as a collective. Michael and I are into classic rock n roll, Cameron is indie and Stewart is heavy metal. I think it’s a good blend of influences. And you know what they say; he who has the largest music collection will write the better music.

So who writes the better music? Who comes up with your lyrics?
Lyrics? Me. I do it because it interests me. I feel a few words can inspire and motivate thousands of people. What motivates me? You’ll probably want to cut this out or soften it down a little but it’s a blend of my girlfriend, my previous experiences of girls, and our social society as students. It encourages me to stay true to who I am and what this band is about, having fun.
Also the local music scene is Glasgow isn’t the best. A lot of bands have lost the sense of a band being a way of communication. Quite a lot of the local bands we share the stage with don’t care about the music they play. It’s about profit, ticket sales, and big capacity venues. The Future Reflections gigs are all about their fans have a fantastic time with their mates, hearing some good music and enjoying a good atmosphere. No music fan wants to pay a fortune for a ticket to see an unknown band and that’s why we try to avoid high entry prices. It’s important for the band to have music fans, rather than just mates to come down and not enjoy the actual music.

So do you find it difficult to be noticed because you don’t play such big capacity venues?
I don’t concentrate on being noticed. But if we did chase down labels, I think we would have to play large venues, yes. But that’s not what we are focusing on. The band is a hobby to us. It’s a good thing for us to do as it gets us to parts of Glasgow that we would never have seen otherwise and we get to meet great new people that we play with on that night.

Is it hard being an unsigned band to define you as different from other bands?
I don’t think it’s hard for us to be defined. I think we are totally unique. In fact I couldn’t really compare us to another band out there at the moment; it’s difficult to try and compare us to a famous and well known band. But yes, I could see it being a problem - the whole identity thing. Coz everyone wants to be like their idols. Bands aren’t happy with expressing who they really are. After all, a persons’ character is identified in their music. You can’t write good music until you are happy with yourself and the way your own band function. Local musicians aspire so much to be like their idols that they forget about the music, good quality music. It’s hard though, but at the end of the day the attitude I have is; here’s my music, if you don’t like it that’s fine. If you do then that’s brilliant, a bonus. You got to get up in people’s faces - and this goes for being recognized too - if you really want to leave your mark, make a good impression you got to pester people to get to gigs, you’ve got to email a thousand places in the hope you get one gig.

What’s next for you guys? What’s on the cards?

We have a busy April with gigs at the 02 academy, a pub called Pivo Pivo and yesterday we played a place called 13th Note in Merchant City. Over the summer we will be recording some music to put on a CD to give out to fans and people who come to see us play. We are doing it cheap so that people will listen to it; get to know who we are. I don't believe in selling a CD to people for £4 or £6 especially for an unknown local band. I believe the focus should be on the quality of music, rather than making a profit on it.


Bands, Glasgow, Live Music, Music, Musician, Performances, Performing Music, Student Bands, Student Life, Students

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author avatar Emma Morgan Duke
Studied Journalism at university- currently working full time whilst pursuing my writing career. Always working on a novel that rarely gets completed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Jun 2011 (#)

Interesting to read about music and musicians from cultures different from my own. Thanks for a great share.

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author avatar Songbird B
6th Jun 2011 (#)

Great insightful interview, Emma.. Great share...

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