Interview – Little Victories

I recently reviewed the latest EP from Little Victories, titled One. It’s a great record with a fresh sound to it and I hope our readers enjoyed it. If you missed it, there’s another chance to check it out at the bottom of this interview.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an EP titled One, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the EP?

Yeah, thanks for your kind words on the review! The EP was written remotely between 2017 and 2019 from our bedrooms across the UK and even across the world! We had to overcome a tonne of challenges to even write the songs, never mind record, release and perform them!!

Marcus, who was based in London at the time, and Sam, who was based in Chester, were firing ideas back and forth over the internet and had written the backbone of the EP before Nay was brought into the picture. She knew that they were working on something under wraps, and initially only wanted to help as a songwriter from her room in Taiwan where she was living and working as a songwriter.

However as soon as she heard the songs she felt an instant connection and joined as a member!

We finally met in the same room after Nay moved back to London, the day we set foot in the studio in 2020. It was just before the pandemic, so we had to wait for that to blow over in order to release the project in October 2021, as well as ditch a snakey manager that we were considering who was holding the project back. The response has been great and we sold out our first show so we can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic was one of the factors that delayed us releasing the project for a year and a half, but we were writing remotely before it was cool (and then very uncool!) anyway, so it didn’t hinder us too much.

The pandemic hit the music industry hard so our personal circumstances changed quite drastically as Marcus had to move out of London to Bournemouth, but thankfully we didn’t have to adapt the functioning of the band too much.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing process at the moment is still very remote, where we bring ideas to the table via the internet and produce them individually from our current rooms in Chester, Bournemouth and London. At least now we can finally meet and develop them in the room, which is where the magic really happens.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

We’re releasing our next single in early June, so keep an eye out for it! It’s got a summer vibe, perfect for long warm evenings and care-free afternoons.

Have you started writing for another EP or an album?

We’re always writing because it’s probably our favourite thing to do, so we have a pretty sizable bank of material ready to go for an album when the time comes. Our hardest job as a band is choosing what songs to keep and what to postpone as new things are always coming along from the three of us. Sometimes a member will bring a fully formed song, sometimes it’s just a riff, but it always goes through the filter of the three of us. We have material that we’ll be releasing over the summer and through to the end of the year so keep your eyes peeled to our socials or Spotify!

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Each one of us has a huge range of genres that we listen to, from the squeakiest of pop to the heaviest of metal and the softest folk, with everything in between!

For Little Victories, our tastes overlap in the indie space, so bands like The 1975, Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Oh Wonder and Ben Howard are just a few of the influences that we all share. We’re always bringing new influences from our musical pallets to the table too, so elements of afrobeat, classical and hip hop find their way into our songwriting too.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Sam is based just outside Chester, Cheshire, so is close enough to Manchester to experience the music scene and scenery there, while also having a foot in the natural world too! This combo provides a perfect melting pot for inspiration.

Nay is based in London and is a stone’s throw away from Brick Lane. There are open mic nights happening regularly and the city’s hustle and bustle often influence her lyrics. Being in the heart of London and seeing people’s want for connection is the perfect place to form song ideas!

Marcus is based in Bournemouth and lives about 20 minutes from the sea. There are a few really dedicated promoters around championing niche music scenes which is awesome to see! Being surrounded by a lot of natural beauty has fostered a very strong folk community down south. Southampton is the nearest touring hub though.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We have a gig on the 20th May in London and might have two further dates making up a short tour run in July between Brighton and London, we’ll be shouting about it on our socials obviously!

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Well the buzz from our sold out show at the Sebright Arms was insane – we had a proper crowd who were really into it, it was amazing to see our unreleased material being lapped up in the moment too!

We’ll be bringing our A game to every show we play to create a huge popping atmosphere for everyone in the room!

Any last words for the fans?

Stick around for our next releases over the summer, you’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg…