Artist Interview: “Am I Pretty Now?” by Young Fatigue

Q: I just want to start off by saying I love the song, what was your creative process in making “Am I Pretty Now?”

YOUNG FATIGUE:  Nearly all of our songs start out as a guitar riff and stem from there. Although funnily enough, none of the original ideas other than the chorus chord progression made it into the final song. We switched up AIPN more than any other track.

Q: I noticed you guys only have two releases on Spotify, is Young Fatigue a new band?

YOUNG FATIGUE:  I’d definitely class us as a new band. Although we formed in mid-2019, COVIDs meant we’ve only had 6 proper months of being a band. We can’t wait to be playing live again and we’ve got three more tracks planned for release.

Q: I heard some sweet bass tunes in Am I Pretty Now, how would you describe the music that you typically create?

YOUNG FATIGUE: We draw our influences from quite a few places, but overall we try and skirt the line between being melodic and accessible without compromising on the rawness. Quite often we’ll write songs just because we know it’ll be a blast live. I always say we’re a mix of 90s grunge and 00s pop punk, but with a load of modern politics thrown in.

Q: Your Instagram describes you as ‘3 sleepy bois’ how do 3 sleepy people meet and create Young Fatigue?

YOUNG FATIGUEIronically, I’m pretty sure I was in bed when I put out the original online ad looking for musicians. I missed playing music with mates and everyone I knew was too busy for a band. Luckily I found Charlie and Michael. Decent drummers and bassists are massively in demand so I had to hound them loads to actually join. They probably regret it but they’re in too deep now and I know all their secrets.

Q: You all grew up reading Kerrang, is that what got the group into music?

YOUNG FATIGUEWe all grew up in the golden-era of music channels (mainly Kerrang, Scuzz and MTV2) so the bands on those channels were definitely big inspirations for us. In terms of the magazine, I read a lot of Kerrang growing up. When my mum would take me on the weekly food shop she’d leave me in the magazine aisle. Magazines were something we couldn’t really afford so it was a two birds one stone situation. I got to have a read and my mum got to shop in peace.

Q: What kind of advice would you give to other up and coming bands trying to get their names out there?

YOUNG FATIGUE: I would say just go wild. It feels like we’re in an era where the playbook’s out the window. Be creative, try and write the best music possible and work hard. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ll let you know how it works out! 

Interviewed by Jaye Maverick




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