Enerate are a dreamy indie video pop project by producer Josh Graham, Therese Watson, Ben Fitzpatrick & Matty Niciak.
When you’re on the road as a band there can be some great travel stories. As part of the 27 Listicle Series we caught up with the guys from Enerate to hear about their adventures on the road.
Josh (Vocals and Production): Last year I rented a log cabin in the remote Scottish Highlands on my own for four months. The idea was to go and work on a solo record. I flew into London, bought a very cheap car and drove to Edinburgh in one hit, where I randomly met legendary American hip hop producer Just Blaze in a bar! The next day I drove another four hours into the remote highlands. Suddenly night fell and it was freezing. It was the later half of winter. The temp had dropped to 0°and I wanted to see how cold it felt. I was on the motorway and I quickly learned one of the power windows didn’t go back up, after a disgustingly cold 10 miles at 70 mph. With some trial and error I was able to manually pull the window up. I then ascended up a serious mountain pass, which is when the blizzard hit. When I turned off onto a tiny unsealed road, it was another whole hour of driving in blizzard conditions before I reached my tiny log cabin by a loch. I got out of the car and trudged through the snow. It felt like I was on location for a horror film. It was grim. I was seriously wondering if I’d made a mistake. I unpacked, lit a fire and fell asleep writing a song. But when the sun rose over the snow, it was one of the most powerful moments of my life. The first week I don’t think I saw a single soul. I very quickly learnt the meaning of cabin fever. But over the following months I learnt a whole lot about myself, wrote every day, experimented with sounds, and made lifelong friends in what is the smallest town I’ve ever seen. I’m still working on the solo record, but it should be an interesting listen, as I felt some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life in that cabin.
Ben (Drums): Myself and my girlfriend were travelling though Europe, and one day we visited Prague castle early in the morning then flew into Pisa on our way to Cinque Terre. We didn’t expect anything from Pisa, but ended up staying in this slightly shitty hotel only a stones throw from the tower. We found a tiny little family owned restaurant and ate the best pesto Gnocchi of my life! IIt was topped off by a legendary busker who played Bohemian Rhapsody on classical guitar while we ate. Ahh bliss!
Tee (Synths and Vocals): I visited Dubai with my boyfriend last year, staying with my brother and his family. And as the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of Dubai. One steamy morning we headed down to the beach for an early swim. By 9am the mercury was already past 35° and the seawater wasn’t much cooler. After a cool drink on the boulevard we headed to the Mall of the Emirates, and straight into Ski Dubai – an indoor ski slope. Dressed in ski pants and jackets, we found ourselves in 2° and ‘snow’, a big change from what we’d experienced just hours earlier! But you’re always on the go in Dubai, and we soon made our way across town to check out the tallest building on the planet, the Burj Khalifa. After zooming up the world’s fastest elevator to the 124th floor (though the tower goes up 163 floors to 830 metres), we found ourselves high in the sky, with views over the city and the desert for sunset. Three destinations, two disparate seasons and the world’s tallest building in one day – it was an attack on the senses only Dubai can provide.
Matt (Bass Guitar): One time in Krakow, a Scottish grandma and I had a pickle swallowing contest at a bar. Sure, it’s a short story.. but a memorable one haha!
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