On the Record: Redhanded

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For those who have never heard of Redhanded who are they and what is their music about?

Redhanded is a four piece rock band from London, England. Some of us had known each other for a while and came together every weekend to make some noise at Enterprise Studios on the iconic Denmark Street as a form of escapism, I suppose? The first album touches on various shades of finding your way out of whatever happens to be your gilded cage. Our latest single “Bottom” is about taking your chances and finding your wings.

What has been the most rewarding/ most enjoyable highlight of your career so far?

We have three singles out, and we’re very excited for the upcoming album launch. All of this is new for us so right down from hearing the final mixes of our songs for the very first time to making three videos (so far) has all been an unforgettable experience.

What have been some major challenges in your music career so far?

Any new band will tell you how hard it is to get your name out there. We obviously love the creative side of it, but understanding the music business has been a pretty steep learning curve. In fact we are still going through that process, so fingers crossed!

What are you grateful for right now in this moment?

This. This moment where we get to share our art and speak to our audience about our journey. We are extremely grateful for the reception we’ve had so far on streaming platforms, and excited for the long journey ahead wherever it may lead us! 

Physical copies or streaming sites? 

Sohail: I think there’s room for both. I grew up mostly on physical copies, and then digital came along and changed everything. But how modern streaming has made music accessible to everyone around the world is simply incredible. That said, I do still love owning physical copies from my favourite artists and it can go a bit beyond just what you hear blasting from the speaker.

Adil: Ah, this is a hard one. I haven’t listened to any music on a physical medium in years, but I’m *this* close to investing in a record player, so… both, I guess. I think streaming is great for discovering new bands and genres, but physical copies still elicit much more of an emotional response. 

Faizan: Definitely physical mediums. The sound quality is significantly better than mp3s which are very poor quality for real music fans, although admittedly convenient. Regularly listen to vinyls these days and hope to print our album on physical medium at some point as well

What is your most played song of 2022 so far?

Adil: I’ve just rediscovered The National, and think Matt Berninger is an immense – and very underrated – songwriter. In the last week or so, I’ve probably been playing the entire  ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ album on repeat. 

Faizan: Probably Animals by Architects!

A playlist you can’t get enough of?

Sohail: I don’t listen to playlists very often and rarely ever go back to the same one. I’m going to have to go with the ones I curate myself.

Adil: At the moment, Spotify’s ‘Dark & Stormy’ playlist. What an epic selection of songs. 

Faizan: The Rock Workout playlist we have been featured in recently! It’s a great combination of hard hitting classic rock anthems with a sprinkling of newer creative rock tunes out there.

A dream collaboration?

Sohail: Billy Howerdel, Trent Reznor or Rick Beato.

Adil: If he was still with us, Prince… without a doubt. But in terms of current heroes, I’d go for Brian May. 

Faizan: I would enjoy working with people from other genres to see what it can add to our music. Maybe Eminem on the hip hop side and the DJ Tinlicker.

& lastly, what can fans expect from Redhanded This year?

Rock and epicness for days. And we’re just getting started.

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