“We’re from nowhere,” says Airways singer and main songwriter Jake Daniels. “It’s strange to think we might be getting somewhere.” Just back from a European headline tour, the Peterborough-based four-piece find themselves on the brink of a breakthrough. After supporting the likes of Nothing But Thieves and The Xcerts on a string of tours, Airways’ “Starting To Spin” EP began cropping up all over Spotify playlists and has generated over 7 million streams to date.
Drummer Brian from the band takes us through all things Airways:
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
We are a 4 piece alternative rock band from Peterborough, Birmingham, and Chicago. We just tell people Peterborough though.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Riding in a golf cart and listening to AC/DC through my Sony Walkman.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
The Game by Queen.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument?
I started playing drums when I was 9 years old. That makes me feel old.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
I took lessons throughout school but did a lot of self teaching as well. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without my school’s music programs.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Surprisingly, it was Metallica for me. I loved them when I was young so much. I couldn’t say the same now, haha.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Back in Black by AC/DC.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Paul McCartney at the LA Dodgers Stadium.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Dua Lipa, it that even counts. (Yes)
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We just released a new single called “Alien” which will be followed by a 4 song EP soon.
Where and when did you record it?
Earlier this year in various studios throughout London with our friend Dom Craik (Nothing but Thieves).
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
It depends on the song really. Usually Jake will bring us something he’s created and we’ll go from there.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
Lots of touring and just working constantly to build our online presence. I’m happy with how much we’ve grown but want to see it continuing!
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
There is not much of a music scene in Peterborough, honestly. It feels good when we have a good show there because of that.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
In England, yes. There are so many independent venues that have helped us start touring.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
More people going to shows. Stop being lazy, go to a rock show.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Not to give up, as cliche as it sounds.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
Brush your teeth before you go to bed.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
In many ways. We are always trying to stay up to date with everything that is going on.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
I think there are pros and cons. It’s so much easier to get your name out there but because of that the market is kind of over saturated.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
More touring and new music!
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
Slow and steady.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Biggest band in the world. You have to have that as a goal if you want to be in a band.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, or Brockhampton.