Interview with Paper Hands

To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.

Probably quite good

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

It’s the one thing we enjoy doing the most. If we won the lottery, we would just spend every day making music. That’s enough to tell you it’s the right path! 

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

Billy: Most of our songs start life as a voice note of an idea. That could be a lyrical idea or a riff and we then build from that. We are both able to engineer and record parts of the songs wherever we are and we bounce them between each other until we’re happy to start mixing! Both of us being multi instrumentalists also helps as it means Jordan can record guitar or bass tracks, some synth and then I can add more guitar, keys, synth, drums and percussion without having to pull in other players. It keeps it really personal in that sense! 

What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.

Billy: Biffy would be an obvious choice but I think Twenty One Pilots would also be cool – they’ve put on some massive shows. Combine those with a bunch of our friends bands and I think we’d have a pretty special show! 

Jordan: Queens of the Stone Age and Run The Jewels. 

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

We have a whole bunch of singles lined up to release, all of which carry a slightly different vibe but all are very much Paper Hands. We’re excited for these to come out! We also can’t wait to get out and play these songs live. 

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

The way we write songs isn’t quite as ‘on the nose’ as other bands. We don’t always put specific and definite points across in our lyrics as we like them to be driven more by feelings. Early Warning is a prime example of this. The lyrics just felt right to us. We’ve had a lot of people connect with it and comment that they feel it’s about addiction, or lost loves and we love that it can be different things to different people. Funnily enough Early Warning was also the first song we wrote together, it started the idea for Paper Hands!