In Conversation: OK Button

Hailing from Scotland, OK Button are a synth-pop trio carving their niche in indie electronica, combining a soothing sound with dreamy vocals. Fresh off the release of their new single ‘Verso’ today, we got to catch up with OK Button to find out more about the band, their music and what the future holds.

Tell us a little bit about your musical journeys so far

We have all been band members and musicians for hire to varying degrees prior to forming OK Button, so we’ve arrived at this point having already made records and toured around the world with other artists. Having said that, we knew nothing about the intricacies and day-to-day stuff involved in getting a band up and running – aside from the actual part of writing and producing songs – so we’ve very much learnt the other stuff as we go! Thankfully Nass has a background in design and web-based services, and Amber has amassed a large photography collection so we’ve been able to design all of our artwork and keep all the creative roles within the band.

What’s the story behind the name OK Button?

It reflects what music means to us, and how we’d like our music to be received by others. Music is a safe place to retreat to, and is one of the most life-enhancing pleasures we can access at the touch of a button. Despite the ever-evolving technology that delivers it, we all still have a basic need from music to help give our lives meaning.

“Music is a safe place to retreat to, and is one of the most life-enhancing pleasures we can access at the touch of a button.”

How did you all meet?

Adam met Amber at an early gig of Amy Macdonald’s in The Tunnels – a tiny but lovely venue in Aberdeen, where Adam was playing drums for Amy, and Amber was the support act. We kept in touch over the years and began sending each other song ideas. We were then completed by Craigie and Nassim joining, and then started to find our own sound.

You have just released your new single called ‘Verso’, what’s the story behind this song?

We all worked on different parts of the song, and that’s probably why it has very particular sections. It’s a process we often use, where someone will work on one part, and someone else on another. It’s a great way to work and helps create an interesting song. Lyrically, Amber was inspired by the intangible strength and closeness of love – how in spite of loss you can still feel connection.

Which artists inspire and influence your sound?

So many! We are huge fans of Bon Iver, Bat for Lashes, Daughter, Massive Attack, Cocteau Twins and Goldfrapp.

How was it being featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist?

We’re really grateful to have featured on NMF three times now, we’ve jumped with joy every time! All we want is to be listened to, so we’re already achieving our aims through this platform.

What’s been your favourite show you’ve played and why?

We’ve barely begun playing live, but the Great Escape festival was an amazing experience. Nass and Amber also loved playing some acoustic shows for Sofar Sounds in Leeds and York – they were very special, intimate shows. We’re excited to play our upcoming EP launch gigs!

A gilded piece of electronic pop” – Clash

Are there any exciting projects you’re currently working on?

As well as more songs, we’re currently working on our visual setup for our live shows, which is very exciting! As individuals we all continuously write and collaborate with others. Adam’s currently on tour with Dido, our producer Craigie is working with Nu Boyana films, Amber has been writing with her friend RYD as well as working on some instrumental material and Nass has been busy with various creative design projects from band artwork to mobile apps.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

It’s a cliche to say that we’d hope to still be making music and being heard and seen by an ever-expanding fan base, but that’s really the only reason you start a band, isn’t it?!

If you’d like to find out more about OK Button, you can follow them via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Their new single ‘Verso’ is now available on Spotify.

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