A Conversation with Safe to Swim at The Great Escape
    • MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

    • Posted by: Abigail Raymaker

    Although Safe to Swim did not perform at the Brighton festival, The Great Escape, we had a chance to catch up with the local band to talk about their music scene, influences, and their favorite moments as a band.

    How has being from Brighton influenced your music?

    Brighton is famous for being such a vibrant, inclusive and open-minded city. More than anything, the influence that Brighton has on us is more the attitude to life that is commonplace here. Something about the sea air just makes everybody so much more relaxed and happy. There's also such a thriving music scene down here, which means being able to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle. Everyone's in a band in Brighton. This means you've got to try hard to stand out.

    How did you get your name?

    We like to joke that there's any significance to it and that we met working as lifeguards. We liked the implications of inclusivity and suggesting to a fan base the idea of feeling welcome and comfortable. In other words, you're safe to swim with us.

    What are a couple of your favourite bands these days?

    We've each got pretty varied tastes in music, which I think is really useful in terms of inspiration. In terms of new music coming through; I'm personally loving The Big Moon's debut album. Pale Waves look like they could come out with a phenomenal debut too; based on their first single. Our all time favourites come back to The Strokes, Pixies and Weezer, and I think they always will.

    What's your favourite American city, and can we hope to see you there soon?

    I have actually never been to the States myself. I'm desperate to get there. I'd really love to see Austin, Philadelphia and Boston. Obviously, New York and LA are on the bucket list. Jim actually grew up in the States for a large portion of his life, between Atlanta and North Carolina. Hence his peculiar accent. Who knows what could happen; we haven't got any plans at the moment, but it'd be a dream come true to tour the US. In my head; that's when you've made it as a professional musician, so of course, it's something we'd love to do in the future.

    What's been your favourite live moment so far as a band?

    It'd have to be our set supporting The Night Cafe at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Dingwalls has been on my to-do list of venues for a long time, so it was really cool having the opportunity to play there. And the crowd were, without a doubt, the most excitable and active crowd we've had at a gig. It was a much younger fan base than we had got used to, so as a result, they were full of energy and really fed back well off us. That whole tour was mental in that sense; it was the first time we'd experienced set lists being stolen, girls screaming for drumsticks and guitar picks, fans asking on behalf of their shy friends for a hug; all that stuff you dream of in your room at 13 years old.

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