E-MUTE is a band from London, UK. Some of the top musicians in London, who between them, have collaborated with artists such as Moby, TheDrifters, Scott James (Stereophonics), ChakaKhan, Vanessa Mae, Pip Williams and more, unite to deliver a new fresh sound under the banner of E-MUTE. Great melodies, dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics are the recipe of the band.
E-MUTE Featured ''Artist of the Week'' on TPR music website:
''London, UK- Rock fans, music lovers, do I have a treat for you. The stylish yet amazingly talented E-Mute, from London are a group of musicians who are definitely qualified to not only be in your iPod, but certainly in your most listened to playlist. Understandable if you have not heard of them, simply because they are a new band, but they have everything together to be one of the best. This band IS IT!! I love the dynamics of their sound, catchy yet creative lyrics and their overall cohesiveness. E- Mute short for Electric Mute has won my heart. I can’t say enough about this band, but 2 thumbs up. Trust me after you hear them you are going to want to hear more as well. Check out their newest single and official video for their song “Clock Moves Forward” and stay tuned for a release date of their EP “To Proud to Say Loud”
Meet The Band:
Theo: singing, lyrics, music/arrangements. Performed with (as a drummer): S.James (Ex-Stereophonics), Bias (Moody Blues), Pip Williams (Dido, Moody Blues), P.P. Arnold and more.
Darren: drums. Performed with: The Drifters, Backstreet Boys, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Black Eyed Peas and more.
Svetlana: bass. Performed with: Moby, Glenn Tilbrook (ex-Squeeze), John Barrowman and more.
Tolis: guitar. Performed with: Benny D (Depeche Mode), John Robertson (Morcheeba), Vanessa Mae, David Crefield (Kaiser Chiefs), Pete Lockett and more.''
Tiffany Gordon, TPR
Headcase Outlet Review:
''London-based alternative rock quartet, E-MUTE, are set to release their debut EP Too Proud to Say Loud this November. Individually, the band’s members already have impressive resumes, some of which feature collaborations with a surprisingly diverse set of artists, including ChakaKhan, Scott James of Stereophonics, Moby and others. Collectively, they’ve joined forces to create a sound with a harder edge than you might expect after reading that list of artists. You’ll run into guitar and vocal moments, such as on “Flying,” that bring to mind desert rock bands like Queens of the Stone Age, and even post-grunge era groups like Velvet Revolver – and this is just one small facet of E-MUTE’s sound. “Clock Moves Forward” delivers dark, dancey rock evocative of Muse and Franz Ferdinand, and throughout the EP, you’ll find traces of electronic music influences. Whatever genres they touch on, if you’re a fan of the aforementioned bands, you might just be smitten by E-MUTE.''
E-MUTE Review @ Underbelly Club, London~ 1st June 2012 :
"It is always good to review enjoyable events and the first occasion I saw E-Mute perform live is no exception, living up to my expectations.
E-Mute were the final act on stage out of 4 bands playing that night at the creatively designed ‘Underbelly’ club near Old Street- great ambience for the occasion! This was only their fourth ever gig as a new band and they got off to a confident start; the quality of their music apparent despite the poor sound engineer whom I am told had a plethora of red lights flashing across the club's ‘top of the range’ equipment! Give thanks for enlightenment as to the reason behind the continual sound distortion!
Lead singer Theo proved to be a great front man and interacted very well, particularly with Tolis who clearly enjoyed himself. Theo’s sense of humour also shone along with his stage manner as he engaged the audience. The band got off to a great start opening with a lively number, ‘Clock Moves Forward,’ introducing us to E-Mute’s alternative rock style. Most of the tracks they performed were off the EP including, ‘Flying’ which I was excited to hear having informed you all that it is currently receiving radio play. Other songs included, ‘Illusions’ and ‘No Tomorrow,’ with my favourite being ‘Across The Sea.’
Having interviewed Theo I understood completely how the band are growing from the performance aspect. They still need to develop their personalities a little more, enabling Darren (Drummer) and Svetlana (Bass Guitar) to build more audience rapport & interact easily amongst themselves; which will no doubt occur naturally as the whole band persona develops. Of major importance at this time is the music and I can genuinely say I was very impressed.
The song I wish to focus on is ’Across The Sea.’ This is currently on E-Mute’s website as a piano solo and I was thrilled to hear it meet its potential when executed as a rock song, elevating to a new and appropriate level. The audience demanded this song as an encore and I have been reassured that E-Mute will be recording the full rock version... something to look out for and once you have heard it, it will remain in your head for???? long!.. ‘It’s only me’ Jaz hums!!"
Jaz Mckenzie, It'sBraap
One on One music website, interview with Theo from E-MUTE:
"How would you describe your music for people who don't know you?
I would say a cross between Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Muse and Franz Ferdinand.
You've been getting a load of tracks recorded and put out there recently - are you proud of them?
Definitely. I am aware that the production in terms of sound could have been better but it is always a budget thing, but I think the EP is pretty damn good! Very proud of it! It is not a coincidence that it is called ''Too Proud to Say Loud''!
What would you like to do before the end of 2012?
I would like to see my band going forward, make a video clip for ''Clock Moves Forward'', play good gigs, get a following (which is already happening), and land some good support slots! Maybe record/release another single too, and find the time to write more music! So maybe getting management should be a good option as ''managing'' the band doesn't leave me any spare time at the moment! 24 hours per day are just not enough.
What made you get into music?
As I mentioned before... Nirvana was a big influence in my teenage years! Nirvana, combined with the family of my teenage love, my first ever girlfriend Miss Cornelia, made me get into music. Her mother was a singer and her dad a guitarist.
Her mother actually convinced my parents to buy me my first drum kit. I loved being around them, spending time with them, they were taking me to their rehearsals and I was loving it! The musical world was exciting me and I kind of felt that this world was where I belonged.
Who’s your ultimate icon and how have they influenced you?
Well very good question but I do not know the answer! When I was a kid I guess my icon was Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were my ultimate love!
I started learning how to play drums when I was 14 and I had loads of drummers as my icon -Ian Paice, John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl to mention a few. I’ve been through loads of different musical stages so I can't really identify one icon. I've gone from grunge to 70's, from 70's to Punk, from Punk to Thrash Metal, from Thrash Metal to Jazz, from Jazz to Fusion, Classical, Experimental, Minimal and so on! Then as the years went on I got more into songwriting and I love the works of Dave Grohl (I adore the fact that he also started as a drummer and he was always a great example for me), Frank Zappa, Sting, The Police... There’s so much music out there!!
Describe yourself in three words?
Workaholic, creative and persistent.
What's the best bit about playing live?
The energy of a good band playing is something extraordinary. Performing live is a unique form of meditation. You're just there being 100% alive, feeling every moment, interacting with the rest of a group of people that are in a similar state of mind. That's why I love performing with great musicians. Accomplished musicians have managed to unlock this gate of mental freedom.
Which song do you wish you had written?
Queen - You Take My Breath Away.
What's your weirdest music-related experience - it could be on tour, in the studio, a random encounter with a fan, anything!
Loads of weird things happen when playing! Difficult to choose! One incident was about two years ago. I was drumming for a quite famous ''old school'' rock singer/song-writer. We ended up playing one night in this amazing venue where the stage was round. We started the gig, the venue was packed. The audience was surrounding the stage. A group of people behind me started talking to me between the songs. '' Oh how can you coordinate your hands and feet like that?!'' ''How long have you been playing?!'', they didn't stop! And then the worst part... They started buying me shots! By the time I had finished the gig I was drunk! All the band was laughing, shouting ''Don't!!! Please, no more shots to the drummer!'' and then more peeps from the audience started to buy shots for the rest of the band! It was very funny. The audience wanted to get the band pissed! And they managed it!
What do you hope to do before the end of 2012?
Get some rest...! Lol"