is this music? recently made their way down to Sheffield to witness the fifteenth instalment of Tramlines Festival.
While the rain may have flooded the grounds of Hillsborough Park, nothing could dampen the spirits of the opening act, Brat Punks Delilah Bon, who we joined for a chat along with bassist Ruena.
is this music?: First of all, thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with us today, especially after you just opened up The Leadmill Stage, how was that for you?
Delilah Bon: Scary, well, I don’t really get scared anymore, I didn’t know what to expect. In my mind I thought there’s going to be 10 people there, because literally doors opened, just as we were going on, so we weren’t expecting much.
itm?: You were nominated for Best UK Breakthrough at the Heavy Music awards? What did it mean for you to be nominated?
DB: I thought they got it wrong; I couldn’t believe it cos I’ve never had much industry support; I can never really gauge if the industry likes me or not. I know my fans like me, that’s solid, but with the industry, with the radio and all of this stuff, I’ve never really seen much support. So when I got nominated for this It was crazy, and it did mean a lot, to finally get recognition after doing music for ten years.
itm?:Does that matter to you, getting the support from the industry?
DB: I think, the industry is a bonus, it’s nice to be liked, everyone wants to be liked, how do I word it…I like what I’m doing, and I’ll never change what I’m doing just to be liked, so if they like what I’m doing that’s great, but if they don’t then I don’t care, basically. So far so good, they like it, but if they change their minds and I’m not cool anymore then whatever.
itm?: Did you go to the Heavy Music Awards itself? How was it?
DB: We did, me and Ruena went. It was okay.
Ruena: I think we’re both happy zany crazy people, and it did feel like “I don’t know who we’re allowed to talk to”.
DB: I just got drunk. My award was announced first, which I wasn’t expecting, I was expecting to have a few drinks in me before then, but it was literally first. All of the other nominees thought I was going to win, but I never went in thinking I was going to win, if I did then great, but being nominated was enough. I just drank red wine and Jägermeister mixed together.
itm?:You were also recently the cover artist for the Spotify Misfits 2.0 playlist, with previous single ‘Wish A Bitch Would’, what was that like for you?
DB: A surprise, because I had no idea, I wasn’t told I was going to be on it. They contacted me and said, “We want some promo pictures”, but they didn’t say why, then a few weeks later, there I was on the cover.
Ruena: It was so sick, because I listen to the playlist all the time, it’s such a cool playlist. Spotify have really been in your corner.
DB: Spotify have supported me, but there isn’t any one person, like, you want to thank somebody for it, but there’s no point of contact.
itm?: You mentioned recently online that you’re super inspired and you’re in the process of narrowing down track for an album, or possibly some themed EPs, could you talk to us about that a little?
DB: So I have a crazy wall at home right now, where I’ve written down every song and every tweak it needs, like high hats this, or guitars here. Right now I’ve narrowed it down to 38, I think it’s 38 songs, but in total it’s something like 60. There’s too many for an album, I only found out the other day that you can’t have an album chart if it’s over 16 songs, but then, vinyl as well, that’s 45 minutes max.
I’ve got a few themes, one of my most exciting themes is a princess theme, and I have so many concepts and want to do music videos.
itm?: Do you have a time frame for any of this?
DB: The album will be next year, as much as I want it to be next week, it’ll be next year so I’ve got time to prepare. Before then It’ll probably be singles, I’m doing a Halloween song too, then the EP’s will just go wherever they like.
itm?: What do you have planned for the rest of the year, any tours?
DB: We do!
Ruena: Europe’s next, we’re going to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dublin and Paris in September.
DB: Then another festival in France.
Ruena: And an unannounced thing in between. I don’t know how much we can say.
DB: It’s a support tour in October, and it’s a big one, it’s going to be so good!
Delilah Bon head out on their European tour on 23rd September.
Latest single ‘Brat’ is available now.
Keep your eyes on Delilah Bon socials for the upcoming support tour announcement. More at www.delilahbon.co.uk