Getting to know: Twelve Past Midnight

Last week was a busy one for our pals at Twelve Past Midnight. On Saturday 29 July, they performed at music industry conference Little Bigsound and then two days later they dropped a surprise mini EP on Bandcamp!

For those new to the TPM fan-club, Twelve Past Midnight are an almighty blend of indie rock and pop sensibility. Inspired by bands like The 1975, Catfish and The Bottlemen and The Last Dinosaurs, Twelve Past Midnight are made up of Queensland Music Award finalist Jordan Pineda (lead singer), Ryan Brook (lead guitar), Alex Cremin (bass) and Aidan Salvador (drums).

With TPM kicking so many goals lately, we decided to catch up with the band to get an insight into their creative process and see what's next on their agenda.

 
 

Firstly, congratulations on performing at Little Bigsound last weekend! How did it go?
We had a great time! I think for all shows there is always that pressure to put on a good show but for this we wanted to make the best impression that we could for L.B.S. We left it all on stage, made a few mistakes but was definitely a show that we learnt so much from. (Alex)

While you were at the conference, did you get to meet with any of the industry guests? Did you learn anything unexpected?
We met with a couple of industry persons ranging from booking agents to artist management. Our knowledge was reaffirmed by the presentations and one on one sessions, but it was surprising yet comforting to discover how personable and down to earth everyone was. (Aidan)

In your opinion, what is the most important challenge facing emerging artists in the music industry at the moment?
There's many challenges, but mainly it's being seen through everyone else. Over-saturation in the market due to the accessibility of music these days makes it hard to be seen sometimes. However this is both a con and a pro, since it's much easier to market yourselves today without the help from a record company. (Aidan)

You’ve been a band for a few years now. How has your music practice changed since you first started jamming together?
We've gotten to know each other's creative processes better and how to communicate ideas clearly. We try to set goals for each practice so we know what we are working towards - whether that is improving on our set technically, creating a better live show or jamming / writing new material (which is where we are at the moment). (Jordan)

Describe your ‘Untitled’ EP release in five words.
Spontaneous, Clean, Vague, Reminiscent, Closure. (Alex)

What’s your favourite track from the EP and why? What’s it about?
Dazed. 110% Dazed. That song has come such a long way since it's inception in my dark hallway at some ungodly hour of the morning. It started as this slow, rubbish acoustic song and somehow ended up how it did two years later. I'm not too sure what it's about but it's definitely one for all the heartbroken emo boys and girls out there. (Ryan)

What’s next for Twelve Past Midnight?
Having played Little Big Sound and lining up a couple of more Brisbane shows in the next few months, we are writing and recording our next line of singles in preparation for our tour at the end of this year. Super keen! (Jordan)

And finally - what are you all diggin’ right now?
Alex: I found my copy of Pokemon Emerald and I've been struggling between reliving my childhood and assessment.
Ryan: I'm really digging exploring new gear and what I can do with it - whether it be guitar pedals, software, hardware, anything really.
Jordan: I'm really enjoying funk groups like Vulfpeck, Scary Pockets and Snarky Puppy. The groove is reaaal.
Aidan: I do enjoy spending a lot of my spare time searching for new music and obscure music genres in the nooks and cranny's of the internet. Recent discoveries I've been digging include Cosmo Pyke and IAMDDB to name a few.

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Catch Twelve Past Midnight's next gig! They are performing at The Zoo on Thursday 17 August alongside Breizers, beneb and Bad Sext. To find out more, visit the Facebook event.