We caught up with London-based duo PRÏNCEPS following the release of their brilliant single ‘Oh So Fun!’. Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself?
We are individually known as Renz and Press, but when we come together for music we prefer to be known as PRÏNCEPS, an electronic rock band that create sounds and images that are suitable to be consumed by most, but can be enjoyed by all!
What is your songwriting process?
It’s different for each song, we both make our contributions, Renz writes the lyrics, other than that the writing could be either or both of us; Press will always produce and get the directors cut.
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Oh So Fun!’ is a hi-octane and fist thumping electronic screaming delight, it’s probably the heaviest and most defiant slice of our songwriting to date.
Someone said it’s four minutes of organised chaos…we like that definition! Ah…the title is being a bit sarcastic!
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I think its to embrace the duality of self, we have really positive danceable high energy music and nihilistic, self-deprecating, depressing lyrics, it’s quite a contrast, but I think we all have access to those depths of feelings so it could be relatable. We could just be crazy.
Who are your musical influences?
– Renz: Taking Back Sunday, Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, The Used, Slipknot and Nirvana.
– Press: The Prodigy, Twenty One Pilots, Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Deadmau5
Who are your non-musical influences?
– Renz: Mark Noble, The Rock, Frankie Boyle
– Press: Alexander McQueen, Salvador Dalì, Michael Jordan
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
– Renz: We haven’t been able to play any shows as PRÏNCEPS yet however in my old band Never Means Maybe the biggest show we played to was about 10,000 at a tent at T in the Park festival the year Eminem headlined which always stands out as being the ‘best’ single gig I have played.
– Press: I would say as open act of Pendulum at their gig in Rome, Italy.
What is your funniest gig moment?
I’ve (Renz) had too many, and most require too much back story to be adequately deemed funny or cannot be written down due to the shame it would cause band member families – there was a drinking game called Icing that was big in America that we played for a Never Means Maybe tour.
The game is basically if someone ‘playing’ the game hides a Smirnoff Ice and somewhere and someone else ‘playing’ the game makes eye contact with it they have to get down on one knee and chugg the whole bottle there and then.
It got to a point where our merch guy was giving fans of ours Smirnoff Ices to put in front pockets of their shirts DURING our set, so I would have to do the one knee chugg either during or after the song. The one non-drinker of the band soon put an end to icing season after that show which was probably for the best.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
The obvious one, for now, is COVID-19, not much else to say. It’s all about trying to get exposure.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Make sure you have some savings before you start and that you aren’t average. Either be really good or really terrible. Mediocrity is to avoided at all costs.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
The world is in a better place.
FV Music Blog August 2020
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