Interview - We met Chlorine last month and they are back to tell us more

Updated: Apr 11

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Chlorine is an alternative rock band from Birmingham, UK.

Formed in 2017, the current line-up consists of Vocalist Jamie Lee, Rhythm Guitarist Dominik Drozdz, Bassist Nash Ridley, Lead Guitarist Alex O'Neill, and Drummer Joshua Zaidi Crosse.


Chlorine released two singles.

Path of Destruction and Empty Soul in late 2019 which closely followed by their debut album Path of Destruction which was released on the 18th of January 2020.

Their music is influenced by rock, hardcore and metal and their songs reflect that with catchy lyrics, heavy riffs and songs touching subjects such as love and depression.

What first got you into music and when was it?

Just listening to music, hearing good soundtracks in movies such as Drive, Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cinderella, American Pie, The Bodyguard. Just to name a few

We all mainly got into music when we were teenagers.


Who inspired you to make music, who are you influenced by?

Our inspirations are; Whitney Houston, Nita Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Patrick Swayze.

Our influences are; Black Label Society, Trophy Eyes, Basement, Asking Alexandria, Gojira.


How would you describe the music that you typically create, has it changed over the years and how?

Initially we started as a hard rock band but we have written songs in different styles. So over the years as a band we began to incorporate different styles to create our sound. The first couple of songs we have written are on our debut album but the current songs we have in the works sound more mature.


What is your creative process like (how do you create your music), has it changed over time and how?

We usually go into a rehearsal room, and one of us will have an idea for a riff or melody and we all sit down and play around with different ideas and compile them together.


Who would you like to collaborate with and why?

Hans Zimmer as he’s a composer rather than a musician so we could insight to more advanced songwriting.

Scarlxrd as we could produce an interesting track together.



If you could support one band, who would it be and why?

Bring me the horizon because they are sort of similar to us and their live shows and set ups are amazing.


What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers?

Don’t start a band, it’s a bad idea


What is the most useless talent you have?

Knowing how to play an instrument


What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music?

Nothing different, music hasn’t changed anything in our lives drastically.


Where have you performed? What was your favourite gig and why? What was your least favourite gig and why? Where are you next playing?

Our favourite gig was the Asylum in Birmingham because it was our first show and we had a big audience and we had good feedback from it.

Our least favourite gig was the Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton mainly because of the coronavirus outbreak and no one turning up to it.

We don’t have any upcoming gigs at the moment due to the whole pandemic situation.



How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically?

It’s good for consumers but bad for bands, especially local ones as it’s a lot more difficult to make money from the music.



What is your favourite song to perform and why?

Wild West as it has a good hook, melody and it’s about cowboys.


What is the most trouble you have gotten into?

Our guitarist almost got into a fight with another member of a different band because he used their guitar amp.



If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be? (Each member can provide separate answers)

Dom: Basement: Colourmeinkindness

Alex: U2: Greatest Hits

Nash: Trivium: Ascendancy

Josh: Night Verses: Lift your existence

Jamie: Bring me the horizon: Amo

What is the best advice you have been given?

Be nice to your sound engineer and promoter


If you could change anything what would it be?

Do more online promoting for the band.


Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for?

The Wytches, Renegade Twelve, RXPTRS, Second Cities, Nova Twins, Vukovi, Wargasm


What is next for you?

Record some singles, play a few gigs, survive the pandemic.

What was the driving force behind your new release, are there specific subject matters dealt with?

We wanted to release an album which had songs that all sounded different, which described as hard to pin point genre sounding.


What was the process for writing and recording the release, are there any aspects of the production that were interesting or that you were keen to incorporate?

We wrote the songs during rehearsals and we recorded them when we were ready and found a good producer to work with.



Were there any hurdles to overcome when going through the writing and recording process, how did the album and songs develop?

Our drummer forgot a few drum beats for a couple of songs, especially Kinda Romantic and we had to improvise it.


With Daisy Chain we experimented with different time signatures during the intro as we were recording the song.


When and how are you launching the new release?

We released two singles at the end of 2019 and then we dropped the album in January which is available to stream on all major streaming services.


How are you hoping it will be received, have you changed your sound from previous releases to this one?

It was received well by our audience, and we got contacted by different promoters and magazines showing interest in us.


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