1. Introduce us to your band!
We are “Our Time Is Now” a pop punk/post hardcore band from Norwich in the east of England.
2. How did you guys start out?
Ryan and Stuart were both in a band before we formed OTIN and then Sam and Nick came along a little bit later after finding them playing in other bands in the local area.
3. Describe your band’s sound
We have a bit of a mash up of a few different styles thanks to varying influences from us. There is a definite pop-punk vibe, but we like to think our sound is more technical and melodic in places compared to a lot of that genre.
4. What influences your craft?
Stuart – Fall Out Boy have been a big one for me! They were the band that made me want to play an instrument and I really dig their lyrical approach.
Sam – I think Neck Deep are one of the bigger ones for me. Their drummer manages the keep catchy elements without losing ability and technique.
Nick – I listened to You Me At Six a fair amount when I started to learn the bass. I dig their passion and the fact they are a British rock band is pretty cool too.
Ryan – I grew up listening to Iron Maiden and they are one of the first heavy bands that I ever listened to after “borrowing” my brother’s copy of Aces High when I was about 6.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
I think the fact that we all listen to varied styles of music, it creeps into our sound to make some interesting elements and approaches to what people consider should be in a certain genre.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
If you are a first-time listener to OTIN, I would suggest listening to our version of “Dancing On My Own”. Most people are familiar with the song and therefore you can see clearly see the direction we are going for and the energy we try to instil in our music! All of our music is on all the streaming platforms so just search for Our Time Is Now and you will be on your way!
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The fact there is not a large amount of venues to play around Norfolk hinders bands from here to play many shows. It tends to be the case of having to play venues that have been played to death or the venues are too big with only major touring bands visiting.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Without a doubt the biggest highlight was supporting the awesome “Chunk, No Captain Chunk!” at Epic Studios. They are a band we all love and sharing the stage with a band like that is an honour. Qe are playing this venue again on April 6th which is something we are pumped about!
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We have recently had some big advances behind the scenes (not all of which we can announce yet) like signing with Intune guitar picks to get the best custom plectrums available and working with Interstellar PR who have been great to have on board so far!
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Just being able to have put a smile on people’s faces when they see us live and if we make some music that people dig then that is just great.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Thank you, it was a pleasure!
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