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SHARP CLASS


“Sharp Class are a British power trio from Nottingham, East Midlands that seamlessly merge the illustrious DNA of Mod, Punk, Soul and pure Rock n Roll. With such music comes a not-so-nuanced style: The no-corners-cut ‘coolest in the room’ image, which only helps to solidify their presence. Armed with vigour, style, passion and heart, their confident no fuss delivery of energy-induced live shows prove to audiences time and time again that Sharp Class are one of the most exciting live bands around.”

Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?


It’s our pleasure. 2022 has been great so far, much better than the previous two years that’s for sure. On the second of January we went into the studio with the intention of finishing our album. We have then had a string of brilliant gigs and a lot of time planning and conceiving new ideas and plans for the future. It’s been great to really get out there again and perform music, connect with the new and old faces and just get the ball rolling again. Onwards and upwards!

Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?


We’ve become a lot tighter as a group and we feel that we’ve become so at home onstage. That quality shines through as well as our performances have become a lot more exciting and interactive through a mixture of the natural process of doing it over and over again and realising that this is what we are meant to do. We also feel that we’ve become musically stronger too as we have become more comfortable with our roles in the band. I (Oli) personally feel I have more precision with my songwriting ability, really focusing on the lyrics and music that I write.


How did you come up with your latest project?


Natural progression really. Our latest project will be a forthcoming single coming out around July. It’ll be the title track of our album. We decided that the title track was a strong song so it should be t’s own standalone single. Not only that but we have decided that it should be a double A-side, something that we feel is the right decision with both tracks on the single being worthy of the A-side status.

Where are you from originally?


We all went to school together and even formed the band while in Secondary school so we’re from the same area. Myself (Oli) and the drummer (Declan) are from Long Eaton, a town on the border of two cities, Nottingham and Derby. The bassist is from a small village area Shardlow which is just across the border towards Derby. It’s all very close to each other though.

Where do you live now?


We all live in the same place. Myself and Declan still live in Long Eaton and Lewis lives in Shardlow.


Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?


Yes definitely. We’ve grown up in the same area and when that happens, everything we experience is tied to where you live in some way. For example, our track ‘Living For Kicks’ describes scenarios we can either picture happening in our hometown or scenarios that we’ve come witness to while growing up and living there day to day. It’s all fuel for the music.


What was the inspiration to make music your career?


Our main inspiration is to just keep going and to see how far we can run with it. You never know if you don’t try.

How do you want to shape your career?


We want to keep at it and build on what we have achieved already and what will achieve. We believe we can take it all the way, wherever all the way is? We want to define our image, one that harkens back to the 60’s modernist era, and we want to keep writing from a place of authenticity.


Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?


In recent years due to certain world debilitating circumstances, we’ve had to halt a lot of plans and just go with the flow. But we’re now getting back into our routine. We always plan as much as possible and create a schedule that we can keep. It helps for going forward in the future as the future is our aim. The beginning of 2022 has finally seen that happen as we had an album half finished. Towards the end of 2021 we set out a plan to get back in the studio and finish the album, get it mixed, then mastered and then sent off to the pressing plant. We’re very glad to say that we have successfully stuck to that plan.


How did your latest title of your music come to be?


Our last release was a CD only EP called The ‘Keep The Flame Alive’ EP. It was purely a stop gap during the pandemic as all our plans for new music were stopped in their tracks. The CD was something that we could create and put out while things were uneventful in order to keep the flame alive... Hence the name.


Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?


To be honest, not really. We’re always pursuing new music and I am always writing songs, a lot of the time, multiple songs at once. Don’t get us wrong, we always enjoy performing them live, hearing what people think of them and what their favourite tracks are. In a way it’s easy to let go of them because if we didn’t, I personally think we would be resting on a luarels when we know that there’s a lot more in the tank. We love our music, but we’re so forward thinking that we always move onto the next thing.

Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?


Yes, when you spend so much time on something and you see it evolve and grow you tend to get attached to them, however when it’s something that is personal, especially being a the songwriter in the band, I personally can feel the emotions so in turn I for one become emotionally invested in the songs in one way or another.


How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?


Authentic


Where do they go to listen NOW?


Just search Sharp Class on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and wherever else you listen to music. Or we CDs and Records available from our website sharpclass.co.uk/shop


What has been the best fan reaction to your music?


A DJ that we’ve become good friends with and that has championed us for a while has gone and had a tattoo of our logo. That’s mental to think about. Other than that we think that anyone that walks away from our shows buzzing and having enjoyed their night is fantastic. When members of the audience buy a CD or a record or a t-shirt, to us that means that we’ve reached them in some way that has made them decide that they want to go and spend their money on us. It’s the same thing when we get approached and at the end of the night people tell us that they’ve had a good time and they’ve loved the show. To know that people feel like they want to take the time out of their day to do those things after seeing us perform is brilliant, is a subtle detail but it means much more to us. More than they may realise.


Is there anything exciting coming up for you?


There definitely is. Around July, we will be releasing a double A-Side single that will feature the title track to our debut album. Then later in the year we will be finally releasing the long awaited debut album. Both releases will not only be available on all the digital platforms but also released through Heavy Soul! Records on vinyl. The single will be a 7” record and the album will be a 12” LP.


Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?


Yes, we are currently performing a few songs from the debut album already at our gigs. It allows people to have an idea of what’s to come but also allows us to have an excuse to promote the fact that we will be releasing our debut album.


Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!


Of course, more than happy to:

Instagram - @sharp_class / Facebook - @SharpClass / Twitter - @Sharp_Class / Website - sharpclass.co.uk

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