Having formed in late 2010, the past year and a half has seen Proxies cementing their position as a key British band that will most definitely be on your radar this year. Combining infectious melodies, distorted guitars and a healthy amount of electronica, Proxies are certainly on trend. Over the past few months they’ve been on tour with a wide variety of acts from the neo-soul of Patrick Stump to Kids In Glass Houses and Metronomy. They recently collaborated with The Blackout’s irresistible and all round hell raiser frontman Sean Smith on their latest single ‘If I Had A Penny To My Name’ , the video for the single can be seen above.
We caught up with Jordan Fish, the man in control of the epic ztar for a quick chat!
1)You guys recently toured with Canterbury, and the London show got a really good write up in Kerrang! What was your standout moment from the tour?
Yes we did! We were first on the bill playing quite early in small venues and we didn’t expect too much from the crowd, but at a few of the shows we had superb reactions. Jumping around, the odd pit, people singing along and such. Very good feeling.
2)What is the typical song writing process for Proxies?
Sometimes I (jordan) will come up with something, be it a lyrical idea with a melody or the very basics of an idea and send it over to Joe for him to play with. Sometimes Joe will start something and send it over to me. There’s a lot of passing back and forth via email. Then we’ll all get together and start the track again from scratch, add cosmetics, fuck about with things and see how it ends up.
3)Proxies have collaborated with The Blackout’s Sean Smith. How did the collaboration come about and do you have any in-studio antics from that session that you’re willing to reveal!
I tricked Sean into doing it by offering him sex and drugs and money and super powers. We have a bunch of video footage from the studio sessions that maybe we’ll release one day. Gareth who produced the track taught Sean how to remove the bone from a Nandos chicken in a super smooth way. That was an insightful moment.
4)If you could claim writing credit for any song ever written, which song would that be?
Am I allowed to claim credit for Elliott Smith’s entire discography? I can’t pick one song. Maybe “A Fond Farewell”.
5)What’s the best blag you’ve ever gotten away with?
This is perhaps my greatest ability. I managed to talk a friend into Glastonbury festival a couple of years back. Another time I blagged four tickets (with free copies) to the Halo 3 premiere. I successfully took twelve friends to a Brits afterparty that only I had guestlist for. I think there are some anecdotes from a New York trip that I took with my friend Greg but I think he’s making a video about those for his youtube account so I won’t infringe on his material!
6)For someone unaware of who you guys are, what song would you recommend to a new listener?
At the moment we only have one original track available in public, If I Had A Penny To My Name, which is the track we did with Sean. That’ll change super soon but for now, I guess that!
7)Finally, what’s coming up in the near future for the band touring wise/festival season?
If I Had A Penny To My Name makes it’s Radio One debut on Fearne’s show around the time we play Takedown Festival. Then we headline In Tune Festival in Sheffield, followed by a UK tour with Hadouken! and then a few summer festivals. Some are announced and some aren’t at the moment. We just announced we are playing Redfest, which is headlined by Modestep, Kids In Glass Houses & The King Blues, we’re very excited for that one.