Anthony and Oke are two singers who met at university back in 2014. Both were new to songwriting but were not afraid to take on a challenge. The pair began performing and quickly began creating a buzz. Following the creation of their Facebook page in 2016 the two gained even more momentum and have shown no signs of slowing down. With performances at ‘So Far London’ ‘Moves’ and The green door supporting The sheshen under their belts the pair is set to take 2017 by storm.
IndustryMe caught up with Ant & Ox to talk about their journey so far.
IM: How would you describe your sound?
AO: Our style and sound comprises a soulful acoustical blend with subtle influences of urban pop – the sound of youth!
IM: At what point did the band become official for you?
AO: when we made our Facebook page. That was the point where we started getting recognition and more invites to shows. Also we have a supporter that comes out to all of our shows. Shoutout to Mark Stack. When you have supporters like that it definitely becomes real.
IM: What inspires the music you write?
AO: I think it’s fair to say we’re inspired by life. Our music tends to focus on things that our relevant to our everyday experiences. So Girls uni… that sort of thing. It will be interesting to see how that develops.
IM: What is your favourite song to perform and why?
AO: Our original song ‘Night Shift’. It’s catchy and it definitely gets the crowd going. We had this one performance at patterns when the crowd sang the song back to us; it was absolutely incredible. It’s a great song about working hard towards a goal and people seem to relate to it, which is always good.
IM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
AO: Definitely putting more music out there and loads more shows. The next few years will be about building a fan base and developing our craft. The ultimate goal would be to perform at the brits.
IM: what’s the most challenging thing about being an upcoming artist?
AO: for us because we are both still in uni, it’s finding time. We have to make time for shows, rehearsals and when you’re doing two completely different course that can prove difficult at times.
IM: Do either of you find it hard to maintain your individuality while being in the group?
AO: Not at all. Our differences is exactly what makes the group work. We have completely different voices that create a unique blend when we bring them together. It’s our biggest strength. Even our band name represents the juxtaposition of voices, you know with an ox being a big animal and ant being a small one.
Its been an exciting year for Ant & Ox so far, we can’t wait to see what they do next!
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