Artist Alert: Dutch Criminal Record
This week we’re sitting down with the hotly tipped Dutch Criminal Record. After forming in 2012 for their school’s battle of the bands, the boys from the south coast have gone on to create up-beat, accessible, off-centre indie jams. They’ve been likened to indie sweethearts Cassia, Circa Waves and Marsicans, been picked up by BBC 6 Music and featured on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist.
From an audience’s perspective, the collaborative approach they take to singing, sharing the spotlight between them, creates an intimate atmosphere to their swimming harmonies and feel-good melodies. Their most recent EP ‘Waiting on the Weekend’ is a happy-go-lucky, energetic ode to that Friday feeling we all spend the week waiting for and the band just release new single ‘Graduate’ which is an absolute summer hit.
With a sound full of summer, you’ll be sure to catch us hitting up Dutch Criminal Record on the festival run later this year.
Can you tell us who you are, where your from, and a little bit about the music you make?
We're Dutch Criminal Record - an indie surf 4 piece from Chichester, UK. We write upbeat, riff-laden originals and we have no lead singer - we all sing!
Why did you decide to start making music?
We were in the same GCSE music class at school and decided to form a band for the school battle of the bands competition. We started writing songs together pretty much straight away and we'd individually already written some before that so the band was the perfect outlet really!
Who are your biggest influences?
When we started it was bands like Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon.
What has been your biggest highlight of this year as an Artist?
2018 has been great year for us and there's so much to choose from. The highlight would have to be either our set at Victorious festival or our EP launch of our new EP - Waiting on the Weekend.
What do you think of your local music scene at the moment?
In our hometown Chichester there's some great bands but not a lot of places to play apart from the great underground venue called La Havana. Portsmouth which we feel is our home from home has a great scene at the minute with loads of great artists and venues and festivals to play at!
Have you got any exciting plans you can tell us about going on in 2019?
Yes, we have some really cool plans, new music, more shows and festivals!
QUICK FIRE ROUND.
Best cure for a hangover?
Slowly sip a glass of water while nibbling at a whole cucumber and some brown bread and sniffing ground coffee (not instant, never instant I'm talking an Italian roast or something like that)
What new bands are you listening to at the moment?
Honey Moon, Swimming Tapes, FUR and Lobster Pot - to name a few.
Sydney opera house
Describe your sound in three words?
sometimes quite nice
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/dutch-criminal-record
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DutchCriminalRecord
Twitter - https://twitter.com/DCRlads