How'd you get started in music?
We have all been dabbling in music for a long time in the UK and Hong Kong with varying degrees of success until The Sleeves. The current line-up has been together for about 3 years. All of us were in Hong Kong and in other outfits before joining forces. Hong Kong is a small place and musicians tend to know each other. Poaching, jumping ship and musical moonlighting are all commonplace in bands here.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
We don't have much common ground and each bring different tastes to the table. But from the 4 of us you will find mentioned The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, the Faces, Kasabian, Led Zeppelin Fela Kuti, New Order, Killing Joke and Harry Styles.
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Just stop aspiring and start performing no matter your perceived ability. There is no substitute for getting on stage and living it. And watch as many live shows as possible in all genres,. There is something to be taken from all art forms which is the backbone of evolution in music
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Not really a conscious decision as it would be contrived to try. I don't think there has ever been a band discussion on image or style. Whatever differences we do have seem to disappear as a unit and the result is, hopefully, appreciated as unique
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
There are always gigs as we love to play live.. We will be on tour in Vietnam in January and will likely be heading to China and Japan later 2019. A trip to Europe may be on the cards too and just thrive on new doors opening to play to fresh ears. Album no. 3 is underway but too early to say when it will be out..
Deliverance (our sophomore release) was out in May 2018 and we are still promoting this as much as we can.
Special thanks to The Sleeves for this interview & I wish them luck in their careers. Well that's going to do it for me so until then I'll catch you on the flipside.
Stay awesome & rock n roll!