1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hello, I am Rhys from the band Ten Fields. There are five of us in the band (Nathan, Rick, Debbie and Henry), and we come from various parts of West Yorkshire – Ilkey, Menston, Hebden Bridge, and Barwick-in-Elmet.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
We make melodic, harmony-rich music with some big guitars. Our first album Winter Sun / Summer Rain had some folk/America influences, but our next is a looking to be a bit more poppy. People at recent gigs have been making comparisons with Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty – well-crafted songs, interesting arrangements, and lots of three/four-part vocal harmonies. And big guitars.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
My brother and I have been in bands together for a long time, since our teens. The current line-up of Ten Fields have been together for about 18 months. I wanted to be in a band originally because my (older) brother was. Then I wanted to write songs because that’s what my favourite artists did, and I wanted to be able to write great melodies.
4. Stage or studio?
Both. My favourite part of music-making is writing and arranging new songs, and recording (increasingly) is really important in developing ideas. But there is not much point being a band unless you play live, and that’s also really important to working out how to play a song.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I could make a long list. For recording, we use Pro Tools software, various audio interfaces – including a Behringer X-Air for live drums, mics by Shure, AKG, Audio-Technica, Slate Digital plug-ins, Adam and Dynaudio monitors, and so on. Instruments include a Fender Telecaster and Takamine acoustic guitars, Fender and Vox AC30 amps, Tama drums, Nord Electro 3. I can’t remember what the bass player uses!
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
For me, I have loved my Nord Electro 3 as a gigging keyboard. Everything sounds great, especially the Hammond sounds. It looks cool, and is also really portable. But I’ve just bought a Dexibell S7 Stage Piano – made by a new brand from Italy. The piano sounds are amazing, and it is incredibly responsive/musical to play. I’m going to have re-record a load of parts because it sounds that much better.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
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