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article imagePirates of Panama talks new music, future plans, inspirations Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 6, 2017 in Music
The UK-based band Pirates of Panama chatted with Digital Journal about their new music, their forthcoming EP, as well as their musical influences.
On their song "The Chase," they said, "It started out with two chords played back and forth which really got our feet stomping which made us think this can become something! We then added in the guitar intro part and jammed it out, the whole song came together in just a few hours. The lyrics are about us chasing our dreams and getting out of the rut we were in at the time."
They noted that their song "Been There Before" sounded quite a bit different at first. "We had a cool drum intro and lots of layers building up but we decided to strip it back for the record to head straight into the song! The original guitar riff has stayed the same since day one! The idea was something that I've ( Ed ) played around with for years and eventually thought this could really be something! We like to mix this track up when we play live and extend the intro and have a bit of fun with the arrangements."
On their music inspirations, they said, "We can’t pin point one single source of inspiration for our music. It usually just comes naturally. Of course we have our influences but we are always taking inspiration from really bizarre sources such as things we read online or a story we've been told at the pub."
Regarding the origin of their band's name, they said, "The name came about after a good few days of throwing ideas around until we got in from a night out and started talking about how cool pirates were and then suddenly we came up with Pirates of (blank). Then, we all had a think and came up with Panama! The next morning we all said Pirates Of Panama, and then the name was born."
Their future plans including releasing their new EP, as well as continuing to your across America and Europe. "We are working on some cool shows which will be announced soon," they revealed.
Digital transformation of music
On the digital transformation of the music industry, they said, "Live streaming has become a really big thing across all platforms now and has really blown up, I remember when we started using twitcam a while ago and how much hassle it was to share all the links and get people to visit the page, now with Facebook, you can instantly stream. It's crazy! This has really helped artists to interact with their fans."
Regarding their daily use of technology, they said, "We usually use our Smart phones every single day for most aspects of the band. From social media posting to photos and laying down acoustic demos or vocals. No matter where we are we can always grab our phones and write lyrics or record quick ideas. It's crazy that using just our phones we can record ideas, Skype our team, do live broadcasts and even create artwork for shows."
For their fans, they said, "Thank you to all you pirates out there old and new for the continued support. We are working hard to produce new music for you guys and sorting out shows. Can't wait to see you on the road soon."
To learn more about Pirates of Panama, check out their official homepage.
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