INTERVIEW: The Rooz, Louis Coupe
With their new EP in the works and a summer tour coming up, we caught up with The Roox's frontman Louis Coupe to talk about the band's journey so far, current work with BBC Introducing, and future plans for touring and release.
Why did you decide to enter the Big Music Project?
We felt it was a big opportunity, and the prizes were really good, and it was a chance to play in front of new people, and influential people, and basically just more exposure.
What did you perform?
Our song “Untitled”- it was the first single we recorded, it has quite an orchestral arrangement.
Did you take anything away from the feedback you got?
What we took from it was to make it more radio friendly, so we worked on refining the sound of the band, trying to push our kind of thoughts, with the big productions of our sounds, working on the musical aspect of it, and working on making it more radio friendly, so adding in a pop/rock sort of sound and mixing it with the orchestral arrangement. The audience was lovely and we gained some useful contacts, and interesting things came out of it.
Speaking of radio, you’re working with BBC introducing now aren’t you? What are you doing with them?
We’re doing a BBC Introducing session at Shropshire, which is our local BBC station. They’ve supported us over the last year that we’ve been releasing, plus they play us quite often, and they played “Low Life,” our latest single. We did a session for them early last year in February, just before we released anything, so we played pretty much our whole EP. Now new have a new EP and new music, so we are hopefully playing new stuff.
Are you playing at any festivals with BBC Introducing?
The people down at Radio 1 haven’t heard us yet, but hopefully next year.
You’re playing at some festivals this summer though, like the Rock ‘n’ Bowl festival?
Yeah we’re playing Rock ‘n’ Bowl next month, Blackthorn in Manchester, and opening the main stage at Lowde Festival in Hampshire. We’re trying to get around the UK as much as we can.
What is it like for your musical career living in a small town?
Its ok- Telford itself doesn’t really have lots of venues; we’re always driving at least 20 minutes out. We played at lots of local pubs which we’re doing less and less of now because we’re trying to get more and more out in the UK. We did a UK tour of the academies last December, and doing more this summer. Locally, it’s a bit naff; we only have one music venue.
Do you ever plan to relocate to London?
Not sure about relocation. We can travel to Birmingham in an hour, Manchester in two hours, London in three, so we’re kind of in the middle of everything. It takes three hours maximum to anywhere in the UK, so to be fair, location wise, touring is easy.
Does the band itself organise these tours or do you guys have a manager?
At the moment I manage the band. I am doing all the releases independently- we are distributing ourselves, producing CDs, designing our own merchandise. We’ve done everything ourselves so far. We’re working on getting a proper manager and label, and speaking to people about it, but I can’t say much about that right now. Hopefully in a few months time that will be sorted.
You were in the studio the whole of last week recording right?
Yeah we just finished last Friday in the studio, recording our new EP. It should be out June/July time, all the details will be announced on our Facebook page.
You’ve left school, but the rest of the band members are still in school right? Do you feel that hinders the band in anyway, touring wise?
Definitely we can’t tour as much as we’d like to, but we’re a young band and that’s what we’re known for, for being a young group and doing as much as we can, taking as many opportunities as we can. Playing as much as we want to comes in time. So far we’ve made it work, working around uni/college/school- so it seems ok.
And what’s the reason behind the name The Rooz? According to the internet, Rooz means someone who is cruel on the outside but nice on the inside. Is that what you were going for?
To be honest there’s not a huge meaning behind it, but I suppose we try and do things differently, so it’s all a bit of a rooz. If there’s any meaning behind it, it’s that we’re doing things our own way.