2010 saw them named Best Live Act by the Emerging Talent Awards in conjunction with the Gaymers Camden Crawl and MTV as well as performing at Glastonbury. MTV Brand New for 2012 named the Stow as one of the 20 top unsigned acts to look out for this year. Our guest interviewer Chinwe Ojielo met singer Shiama Young to find out more.
How did you all meet?
We were all at Church, not the religious kind, the bar in Kentish town. One drink led to another…and another and one drunken whim later, The Stow was born. Well that’s a much better story than the real version (Gumtree ad).
How did you guys come up with the name The Stow?
This one a true story. Haydn was living in Walthamstow at the time. We had gone through loads of names trying to find the right one and then the person he was seeing at the time just said screw it ‘Why don’t you just call yourself The Stow’? She was joking, but we really couldn't find anything better so it stuck.
Your new release, The Covers EP clearly showcases your hybrid of indie pop and hip-hop. Do you always try to make sure the mix of all genres is always there?
It’s not something that we set out to do. We are often just jamming and come up with a melody line or we hear a bassline that sounds really good. Haydn might have a melody in his head and the guys will play around with the melody until we come up with a song. We all have vastly different musical tastes, but at the same time we all appreciate most genres of music so it means we don’t rule anything out musically. That’s probably why so many different elements of genres creep in. Think of our music as casserole…we open the fridge of creativity and whatever’s in it gets thrown into the mix.
Your website has a very active blog. Who's the personality behind it? He/she is quite a character.
That's mainly Haydn and Matt (Money). There’s no point blogging if you haven’t got a view....
What's the best place you've performed at and why?
Hammersmith Apollo I think. It was an amazing crowd and we shared the stage with some great acts that night. It’s been an amazing journey for us on the live front as we have been lucky enough to play some really big crowds, stages, festivals and literally support some of the UK's biggest artists. As an unrepresented band we are proud of our achievements.
And finally, what are you guys working on at the moment?We have the last single from the covers EP coming out soon, so we’ve been busy with shooting videos for that as well. It’s been a good start to 2012.