Cellardoor Sounds

Let us introduce you to a fresh five-piece band from London, Pocket Dragon. They exude creativity, let loose and, well, have fun. The band’s sounds are achieved through colourful, smooth mixes which echo summer vibes, so if you’re after some musical warmth this winter, look no further – Pocket Dragon will have you grooving to every rhythm.

We caught up with the drummer of the band to find out more about the idea behind the project…

Pocket Dragon Band

Who are Pocket Dragon?
There are five of us in the band – there’s me, Callum Green on the drums, Philip van den Brandeler on bass, Mikayl Dawood on guitar, Emma Barney on vocals and Manley O’Connor playing keys.

What’s the idea behind what you’re doing?
Pocket Dragon is all about creating a space and time for everyone to let their hair down. We all work as musicians and spend a lot of time playing music that isn’t particularly to everybody’s tastes but just pays the bills – this project is about re-capturing why we all started music in the first place, to create and challenge ourselves with musical freedom.

How do you write your music?
We mainly write as a small rhythm section at Pocket Dragon HQ, mapping out certain chords and the bare bones of a groove. Usually it starts out as a jam that either one of us can’t stop noodling with, which in time we build on.

How do you record your tunes?
After the structure is born, everyone in the band lays down their take one by one starting with drums then bass and we capture it all with GoPros. This project is really about each musician’s personality in the band and what they can bring individually to each track. We all have a lot of say in the parts, which makes the process a lot more fun and exciting for everyone involved.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything. The first track on our EP ‘Pocket Morse,’ started when we wondered what the words Pocket Dragon sounded like in Morse code. Silly stuff really. Musically though, we watch a lot of live jazz music, the more experimental the better. Phil and I just saw Esperanza Spalding’s new project a few weeks ago which was mind blowing.

How would you describe Pocket Dragon to people who’ve never heard you before?
We are creating soulful jazz/funk fusion with a few synths thrown in. Just have a listen – if you like it you like it, if you don’t you don’t, but you won’t know until you try it.

What are your plans for Pocket Dragon? What’s next?
Our first EP will be coming out early next year and we have many more gigs in the pipeline. We have a few sofa sessions to do around the same time. Right now we’re recording new material, so lots more videos to come and an album to follow.

How can people find Pocket Dragon?
Head to YouTube to listen to more tracks, also check out our Instagram and visit the Facebook page to be among the first to get new tracks, videos and news of the upcoming EP and gigs.

Words by Laura Dunham

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