Interview: Human X (Third Time Lucky Festival)
Ahead of their headline performance at the Head of Steam, and the 2nd night of the Third Time Lucky Festival, we caught up with Lindsey (Vocals/ Piano) and Paul (Guitar / Producer) from power synth-pop duo Human X to find out their thoughts and feelings on the festival as well as share some insight into their history and what lies ahead.
Spotlight: Congratulations on being chosen as one of the headline acts for the Third Time Lucky Festival. How does it feel to be picked from such a vast amount of local and national acts?
Lindsey: It’s crazy to me. I only joined the band not even a year ago and we are getting picked to do so many different festivals and gigs. We are playing London next month. I can’t get my head around it but I love it. And it’s so nice to meet all the other bands and make new friends.
Spotlight: That leads us nicely into the next question: Which other bands from the festival's lineup are you looking forward it?
Paul: I actually love Chain the Phoenix, I really do. So much fun and energy. We have also played with Crux before at Little Buildings. Really nice guys, love what they do.
Spotlight: Third Time Lucky festival aims to put a focus on emerging talent from the North East and beyond. From an artist’s perspective, how do you feel the local music scene is doing at the moment?
Paul: I have actually been on the scene for quite a while, doing different things with different bands and I think now is probably the best I have ever seen it. Everyone seems to have the confidence that something can be achieved up here; whereas beforehand it was always Manchester, London, Leeds, Liverpool. Now it seems, actually we can do it up here and there is the artists to do it. It’s just about dragging people out to come and see your gigs.
Lindsey: I like it when bands play random pubs full of locals who aren’t even there to see the bands but they stick around anyways.
Paul: And we really make a point to do that. I've played a lot of places where the other bands will just play and then walk out.
Lindsey: Yeah we always stay to see all the bands whether they are supporting us or they are headlining and we are supporting them. We always try and stick around.
Spotlight: Which no doubt is appreciated by those bands. On that note, do you have any other advice or tips for other newly emerging artists?
Paul: I’d say dedication to what you do and believe in yourself. There is a lot of negativity which you get from people who will try to bring you down and don’t want you to do well. But if you think it’s good; just do it!
Lindsey: Don’t get disheartened if something goes wrong or you get a review where someone thinks you weren't that good. I always take that as constructive criticism to help me get better. I used to take offence to all advice when I was younger and I used to criticise myself if someone else was criticising me. But I got to the point where I was thinking “Why am I getting offended by it. They didn't mean it that way”. So I just take everything lightly now.
Spotlight: That's good advice. I’d imagine a lot of bands struggle with that! Can you share any insights into Human X’s history? How did you two get together?
Paul: Everyone always asks how we got together as a band. It’s a bit unusual as there is a bit of an age difference. I was doing this kind of thing with my cousin originally but she wanted to focus on studies. That's when I started looking for a new singer. I had quite a lot of applications including someone who was on The Voice in Lithuania. She was really good but wasn't what I was looking for. But I also used to go to a lot of Buskers to look for singers and that’s when I met Lindsey. Mind when I contacted her initially she totally ignored me!
Lindsey: He messaged but I brushed it aside as at the time I didn't really want to be in a band or make a career out of it. But then he messaged me again explaining that his previous singer had dropped out and asked if I could fill in for one gig. But then it just clicked when we did this one gig, so when Paul said he had gigs lined up for the rest of the year I carried on - and I'm still here!
Paul: We are very similar kind of people to be honest and we are both just really into music and nothing else matters to us.
Spotlight: And what else is coming up for you guys gig wise?
Paul: We’re playing the Northern Electrical Festival which I am really looking forward. A lot of times when we play gigs other bands will ask us “Why don’t you have a drummer?” and we have to explain that we are an electronic based band. Even though it can have a rocky side it’s quite synthetic so we don’t need a drummer. It makes us quite diverse which actually works in our favour at the moment.
Lindsey: One other thing I am looking forward to is an acoustic performance for Oxjam in Jesmond on the 19th of May. I’m really excited for that because I'm going to play the Piano, tone it down a lot and just see how the songs fit.
Paul: I think that's the ultimate test really for our songs to see if you can just play it with a piano or a guitar. If it’s a good song it will still be a good song. This is the week before the Bearded Theory festival in Darby which is another thing we have coming up. Robert Plant is headlining it so we will be hanging out with Robert Plant! I loved Led Zeppelin since I was a kid.
Lindsey: We’ve got that opportunity through an Academy in Gateshead which has its own stage at the festival. As a student you can work at the festival and in return we get to perform. We played Liverpool Sound City that way last year.
Spotlight: What about new music, anything you are working on at the moment or upcoming releases you can tell us about?
Paul: We are working on quite a lot of tunes. Lindsey has got songs she’s writing and I’ve got songs I'm writing too. And we’re doing a video shoot in July 1st for a song called 'Ghosts'. I don’t want to give away too much but we’ve got a fantastic film director who is going to make it something really special and very cinematic. Like a Pulp Fiction kind of feel; out on the road with American cars and that.
You can find Human X on major social media platforms and see them live on the following upcoming dates:
23rd April – Supporting Icon For Hire @ Think Tank Newcastle
19th May – Oxjam Presents @ Oxfam Jesmond
24th May – Bearded Theory Festival – Walton on Trent / West Midlands
1st June – Oxjam Fundraiser @ Central Bar Newcastle
All Photography by Mandy Naumann