Wrap Up And Watch Out: Sir Apollo
With the urge to create a band who still use real instruments instead of programmed beats, a group of friends came together and created Sir Apollo. The five members [Khuddus, Ben, Imran, Jayesh and Jonny] each bring something different, which is why they work so well together. With the release of their self-titled debut EP, The Wrap Up’s Jenna Simmons caught up with two of the band members, Khuddus [vocalist] and Imran [guitarist] to find out what Sir Apollo are all about…
The Wrap Up: Can you tell us why you chose the name Sir Apollo?
Khuddus: Sir Apollo was a name I came up with when I was 16; ‘Sir’ as in terms of respect and ‘Apollo’ as in the Greek god of music.
TWU: You can tell from your sound you take influences from different artists, but if you had to pick one, who would you say is the most influential?
Imran: For me and I can probably speak for Ben too, I would say the Red Hot Chili Peppers. No matter what mood I am in, I can listen to any of their songs.
Khuddus: In terms of when I like to do my melodies and stuff, I listen to John Mayer. I [also] listen to a lot of rappers. At the moment I'd say Mac Miller and Big Sean are the main guys I listen to.
TWU: If you had to describe each other in one word, what would it be?
Imran: I'd call Khuddus loveable; he's a very likeable guy... [Laughter]
Khuddus: You made me sound like a p***y! I'm gonna make you sound like one... Gentle! Nah, he’s talented.
TWU: What's been one of your favourite places to perform so far and why?
Imran: I'd probably say Barfly, because the venue was great and it was packed.
Khuddus: For me it was the o2 in Islington when we played the main stage, because there was so much space for me to do whatever I wanted to and interact with the crowd.
TWU: Your new single ‘Dinner Time’ is a tribute to Tom Morello – why him?
Imran: Rage Against The Machine was that teenage angst band that me and Ben loved when we were growing up; when I was learning guitar he was the guitarist I was trying to emulate, so when we wrote that song [I thought] it sounded like something that he would do.
TWU: How would you describe your self-titled EP?
Khuddus: It's a fusion between live music and electronic production, but at the same time we tried to make sure that the lyrical side of it is there - catchy and unique.
Imran: It's quite radio friendly, I think.
TWU: What is your favourite track on the EP?
Imran: ‘Square One’ is catchy, one of those songs that's in your head all day.
Khuddus: For me I'd say ‘Losing Out’. It's the only track I've written since I've started out that is quite personal to me; it was my time to let people know how I actually feel about myself.
TWU: As a group you must spend a lot of time together - do you ever have any silly arguments?
Imran: Khuddus and Ben are always at each other’s throats... But in a good way!
Khuddus: We'll argue, but we’re actually on the same side [as each other] but we don't realise it at the time, so we just wanna shout… until one of us goes, ‘you do realise you've been shouting about the same thing for like, 30 minutes?’
TWU: Where do you see yourselves in five years’ time?
Imran: Somewhere hot! We don't like winter, but Khuddus likes Christmas.
Khuddus: On a boat somewhere...
TWU: And finally, what can we expect from you this year?
Imran: We're working on our album at the moment so we will be releasing some stuff from that.
Khuddus: And hopefully start doing more shows again!
Words: Jenna Simmons (@JennaJ__)