Please introduce your band
There are 4 of us in the band; Mick, Myles, Alex and myself, and we're all from around Southern Brisbane. We're pretty diverse in some of our songs but if we had to narrow it down, it would probably have to be a cross between pop-punk and alt-rock with a bit of our own unique additions to it.
Tell us about your lineup
I’m Michael, I'm the co-lead singer in Nightspring. I started playing guitar around 15 years ago after going through piano, trumpet, choir and all the other cheesy school music options. Played guitar with Myles in a post-hardcore band back in high school, then guitar in another band for about a year a while later. I was originally the guitarist/co-singer of NS before moving to solely vocals which was definitely a scary move for me, but I love it.
I’m Myles, I’m the other co-vocalist and bass guitarist in Nightspring. I started playing properly about thirteen years ago on acoustic guitar, moved to electric and just play bass in Nightspring to fill a void! Sung vocals in Particles in Motion for a number of years back when Nightspring was a simple side project.
I'm Alex, guitarist for Nightspring. I’ve been playing the guitar for 11 years, starting at 14 years old back in my schooling years. Upon leaving school I started on a journey to better myself, learning to play guitar and sing. It can still be a struggle at times, but I’m improving day by day. When I felt I had enough experience in playing guitar I messaged a few local bands, shortly found Nightspring and shared an interest in the same styles of music. My past few years in the band have been an incredible and eye-opening experience.
I’m Matt, I’m the drummer for Nightspring. I’m 25 and I started on the drums when I was 12. I first started playing the cornet (like a small trumpet) when I was 6 and when I was 9, played in the youth brass band at church. That was my first experience as part of a music project, but after I started drums, I’d play at church and besides that, the only real band experience I’d been a part of was when a friend asked me to drum in a last-minute band playing covers at a masquerade party, which I enjoyed but never too seriously until I began my journey in Nightspring.
How did the band meet?
Myles and Mick started off in a previous band called Chasing Indigo together back in 2013 after meeting on a musician’s ad website and kept in touch after the band parted ways. I knew Myles through church from way back, and the three of us got together and had a few casual jams, but nothing came of it until the passing of Chester Bennington in 2017. As Linkin Park was such an inspiration to us as musicians we were quite shaken and emotional, so the day he passed we just decided we wanted to be all in on this, I guess in a form of tribute and as a way to honour just how much of an impact he had on us. After a few years, the release of Looking Back and our original guitarist departing the band, we found Alex through a Facebook ad and he fit in straight away, to the point where we’re more family and brothers than just a band now.
What's the story behind your band name?
The band name was formed through multiple Skype sessions between myself and Myles. We went through numerous name ideas that turned out to be either taken or didn’t quite fit what we were going for. I liked the imagery of auroras and looked up synonyms and words that would relate to that, which came up with Dayspring, so we thought; “Hey. Nightspring”. No deep and meaningful there I'm afraid!
Tell us about your influences!
We all have wildly diverse tastes in music (from Country and K-pop to Metal and Rap) which individually influence our songwriting but I think if we all had to narrow it down for the group of us, I’d probably say we’re all inspired by Linkin Park and Hands Like Houses from a band standpoint. Our songs seem to tend to take inspiration from more groovy, heavier tracks instrumentally and poppier, catchier tracks vocally.
Could you describe your approach to songwriting?
The creative process usually starts with Myles manipulating an idea or demo he or any of the others have to try and create a full song. He and Matt then conference on drums and go through a long process of each and every hit being considered. Myles and I then try to sing over random doodoos and write lyrics over melodies they come up with. Al and Myles then sit down and make it up on guitar as it goes before Myles finalises the bass, synth and mixing/mastering.
Describe your band's first big break
A huge break was definitely just the opportunity to record at Lush Recording Studios in Clontarf Beach. Particularly because Jimmy Barnes, Zedd and Katy Perry were there not long after we were! How cool!
Yeah, I agree, recording at Lush was amazing! Being in such a professional environment got us all excited and was a big start and break for us!
The guitarist of Simple Plan played us on his radio show. That will always be a little fanboy level highlight for me!
Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs - both good and bad!
At the moment, we’ve only played the 2 but we enjoyed them both! I think the favourite one for all of us would be when we opened for Tragic Me at The Greaser. We had a few tech issues with backing tracks stopping but we all went so hard; Myles did a lap around the venue while we played and we lost him, Mick was losing his voice, Alex had a moment with a drunk dancing man and I was sweating like I was in a sauna and holding on to my sticks for dear life. Best night as a band so far.
Yeah agreed. It’s the weird, challenging parts of the night that you end up looking back on fondly, as they’re opportunities to grow and hone your craft as musicians and a band.
Our gig at the Greaser was memorable because of the COVID “no dancing” restrictions and people being asked to stop clapping at our show. As your first show as a band, you definitely rely on crowd participation so that made it interesting, to say the least!
What advice do you have to those who want to start a band?
All four of us are good friends and Nightspring is far from all we talk about. We hang out a lot as friends and in a lot of instances, band stuff isn’t even mentioned. So being able to separate yourself from what you’re doing with the band and be with your bandmates as mates is very important. Some of the best bits would be playing shows, it’s addictive!
Starting a band was easy for us because 3 out of 4 of us knew each other beforehand and had worked together in one way or another. When Alex joined he filled the final dynamic we needed and we all just started becoming brothers, hanging out and enjoying time together. My advice would be to find likeminded people who fit your musical and moral views, and not rush into someone just to fill a spot. And learn how to compromise. That’s the BIGGEST thing I had to learn, and the hardest for sure. As for the highs of being in a band, spending time doing what you love with people you love and playing shows. In contrast to that, as a collective its hard losing motivation, because it can spread like an illness.
What are some of the challenges you face being in a band?
Getting started was a challenge for us I think, and keeping momentum when we got it, whether that was from a music video or teaser or cover, once we had that momentum, it’s a challenge to keep up. Also, we all work, 3 of us full time and it can be difficult to make things happen when time is limited and keep on track with our deadlines as hard as we try.
Unfortunately, ¾ of us can become very easily distracted or lose momentum, which makes reaching deadlines on time difficult. As we all work, some of us with more than one job, it’s hard finding that balance between work, our home lives and music (although Myles seems to somehow haha)
What does it take to be successful as a band?
To be successful as a band. You need to be mates, at least a little bit, that ability to be able to gel with your bandmates is super important and influences your ability to write and play a show. Contacts! If you don’t have contacts, you need some, they open so many doors and get so many opportunities.
Success as a band in the scene depends on who you ask, but to us, if we’re making people happy, and connecting with them emotionally through our work then we’ve done our job and been successful.
How important is music theory?
Theory is definitely an important part of a musician’s arsenal! Myles, our lead songwriter, uses it a lot more often than you’d expect in piecing our songs together, from distinguishing rhythms and creating contrasting sections to figuring out the right intervals for vocal harmonies or key changes. Sometimes the simplest song can be the best written purely on its musical construction. It definitely helps keep songs consistent when writing for an album or EP as well.
Tell us about the releases you've put out to date
Looking Back - 2018 was the first one and was received quite well! Got the ball rolling! It’s about finally breaking out of a period of constant reflection and regret over past experiences, choices and mistakes, and seeing the future as something positive and full of potential for the first time in a long time.
I Said Hi (Cover) - 2018 is still our best received song to date! Most consistent with streams .
Surrender - 2019 Got quite a few plays and played into our pop-rock side quite a bit . The lyrics are about reaching that breaking point with someone after being told time and time again that things will change. It's about finally standing up for yourself and accepting it’s time to take a step back.
Reflections (EP) - 2019 People loved! The songs we didn’t expect to do well were cult favourites! Each song on reflections has a different story or emotion associated with it. We tried to keep the lyrics fairly non-specific so that it would be easy to relate to and connect with us emotionally, which is really important to us as songwriters
What has been your band's biggest achievement?
The biggest achievement is self-producing our EP on our own; I can still hear inconsistencies, but if you’d told me we could release something that sounded passable from my bedroom I’d have called you out as a liar!
Yeah, for sure, it still feels pretty amazing that something we made on our own is out there and people like it and are listening to us!
How do you view the current state of the music industry?
I think with COVID, the music and creative industries in general, have suffered quite a bit. Less shows popping up, not as many people in the crowds or being able to jump around or even clap sometimes. We’re lucky in Australia that it hasn’t been too bad but I love how so many bands and artists have come up with so many creative ways to keep things going and has opened up so many new avenues for a lot of aspiring bands and artists.
What are you working on right now?
We’re working on new music at the moment, specifically, a new single which we’re incredibly proud of and super excited about! It feels like a more mature track for us, and a step further in the direction that our sound seems to be naturally heading. It's got one of the catchiest choruses Myles has ever come up with and what seems to be becoming our signature blend of big harmonies, rap and chunky guitar breakdowns, so keep an eye out soon for an announcement!
What is your focus for the year ahead?
To release some new singles and enjoy shorter bursts of recording rather than attempting to make one longer EP release!
Definitely getting some more releases out! I love putting more music out! Playing shows is important too and is a focus as well but at the moment we're stuck into our writing!
Thank you so much for dropping by the WeJam studio! Where can we follow your progress?