Big Sixes dropped their latest EP The Idles on October 6th. To accompany the EP release, this Buckinghamshire group created a stunning music video titled The Idles Film. Wanting to learn more about the EP and video, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Big Sixes’ Charlie Costello to discuss creating their cinematic video, bringing disposable cameras on tour, and when they were kids. Enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Big Sixes, thanks for speaking with us. Where does our interview find you today?
Big Sixes: It finds me on the sofa, replying to emails and watching shit TV. Have you ever seen Melissa and Joey? It’s got Sabrina the Teenage Witch in it. It’s very brief and sometimes episodes just end with absolutely no explanation. I love it.
AMBY: You recently released your new EP The Idles, congrats! What was the most exciting and challenging aspect of making it come to life?
Big Sixes: Definitely the aesthetic of the project, branding and artwork and things like that. Music is a really natural process, songs can just flow out of you if you don’t think about it too much. The real fun is finding great photographers and directors and designers to work with, being able to have the freedom to create the whole look of something is definitely the most exciting for me.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what inspired you to call the EP The Idles?
Big Sixes: Our band has always had a strange thing for homonyms. You’ll see.
AMBY: To accompany the EP, the band created The Idles Film. What inspired you to take a cinematic approach to this video, rather than releasing a regular music video?
Big Sixes: To be honest with you, it didn’t really happen like that. We knew we wanted to do visuals for the whole EP. Me and Charles had come up with all these ideas for static shots and single shot pieces, just visual things with no story or anything. We came up with a whole concept on a really tight budget, we were going to rent a camera and make it all ourselves. Then our manager introduced us to a director with a strong background in short films, music videos coming secondary. We met with him and the whole thing just completely evolved. He was as excited to work with a band who wanted to do something a little different, as we were to work with an award winning short film director! We clicked pretty much instantly, bouncing ideas off each other. It was an amazing process seeing it all come together. Something I’ll never forget.
AMBY: You played a run of headline shows in December to support the EP’s release. What were some quintessential items you needed to have with you while touring?
Big Sixes: Hahaha, I wish it was well rock and roll but it’s not. Probably Rennies Indigestion tablets, 35mm Film or disposable cameras. I’m not really sure what else but I can only assume that’s because I’m never very organised for tours.
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
Big Sixes: A fly on the wall? Buzzing about all over the place. I’m not sure really, definitely somewhere inhabited mainly by flies in case I’m swatted down by a human.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Big Sixes that nobody knows yet?
Big Sixes: Ummmmmmm. I’ve known Charles since I was 6 years old. I used to go round my friends house and he was their neighbour, we’d shout over the fence ‘come and play with us!!’ and Charles would say ‘really?’ and me and my friend would say ‘Nah just joking!!’ horrible buggers, we were.
Thank you Big Sixes, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout