Beta Waves: 'We could never have imagined getting to where we are in such a small space of time'
- Sean Greenhorn
- 20 September 2018
Dundonian synth pop duo making waves on the Scottish music scene
Beta Waves are a new band from Dundee who have been gaining national attention with each single they have released. With a knack for locking into some very radio-friendly synth-pop grooves, this duo are poised to explode over the coming year. We speak to the band's Dale Easson about their accidental formation and what audiences can expect from their live shows.
How did you come together and when did you start making music?
Beta Waves is a happy accident. I'd love to say it was very weird but to be honest, we started jamming with another couple of friends and it was turning into a jazz/blues-influenced band and the songs were 'vintage'. I got Harry involved after I met him outside a pub in Dundee and remembered he could play keys. But then bizarrely we found electronic drums and synths when the two of us had a jam (the other guys couldn't make it this time). Then later that week I ended up making two tunes, 'Love Love Love' and 'Let It Out'. And here we are less than a year later.
What were your previous bands like? What do you think is different this time?
I played bass in a blues band that took influences from Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and other blues artists from the 60s and 70s, we had a moderate amount of success but eventually split. Harry was in a few different guitar-based bands too that focused around heavy riffs. So this band sits on a whole spectrum. We have always listened to bands like Jagwar Ma, LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala so it's a natural progression for us as musicians now we have or own project.
There is a lot of focus on Glasgow and Edinburgh's music scenes, what is Dundee's like?
The number of great young bands like St. Martiins and Sahara coming out of Dundee has exploded over the last year and there seems to be a growing interest in live music again, which is great to see.
What are your favourite venues to play at in Dundee? Or the rest of Scotland?
It's difficult that question actually, Fat Sam's Live would be my favourite Dundee venue. I've played there once for a party, it was a few years ago but more recently I saw the DMAs and it was bouncing! Favourite Glasgow venue would have to be Saint Luke's after playing the all-dayer we both fell in love with it.