How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Myself and Naz met in a band we were previously in called ‘Smashing Lights’. Early on we discovered that our tastes and kind of style of music we wanted to perform was different to the others in the group. Naz being the songwriter for the group and myself the lyricist, we gravitated towards a sound i think the other guys were uncomfortable with. So we formed ‘World Machine’. Regarding the name ‘World Machine’, we wanted to have a name that would give a sense of union musically and culturally, and also growing up in East London, we lived in a diverse environment and we wanted to capture that in our sound and aesthetic.
How would you describe your music?
I have always had a hard time describing our music as it revolves around most of our major influences. However, I would say Alternative RnB would be the closet thing to say without going too far into what makes us tick musically as we just write with a pure idea of expression – nothing contrived or thought out that much, more about feel. What i mean by that is that we do not want to explore a certain sound, we just experiment with different things and eventually we come out with our sound.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We have just completed the ‘New Motion’ video which will be released soon. We are in the process of recording two new songs ‘Mode’ and ‘Electric Heart’, which will show a more diverse and more forward thinking sound to what we have released at the moment. We have also started planning for our first series of live shows in the beginning of next year, which would be exciting for us and our audience.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
A number of people. We have always wanted to work with Johnny Gill, which we feel would bring a good contrast between our vocal style – similar to his voice in ‘New Edition’. His kind of styled voice with what we feel is our brand of Pop/RnB would be interesting. We are very interested in writing for other musicians and artists. People like El Debarge would be high up on that list for the RnB side of things, but we would also love to write for modern pop stars like Ellie Golding and Carly Rae Jepsen. Also getting Marcus Miller on bass for one of our tracks would be amazing.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
‘Aldous Snow – African Child’, because of the experience of listening to it would drive me either to suicide or trying to devise a way of escaping the island as soon as possible.