One 8 One youth magazine – February 1st 2014 - Page 13
Since their formation as a band back in 2006 in Scotland, The Boxtones have expanded to become musical consultants for the Middle East, based out of Dubai. Since February 2013 the venture has been hugely successful; they are now expanding their client list, their provision of entertainment, sound and lights, and have consulted and performed at some of this year’s biggest events in the region. Their album is due to be released in March, and is already available for digital download. We caught up with Gary Tierney, Managing Director and band member, to find out more.
How did you form The Boxtones?
The Boxtones formed quite a few years ago in 2006, if my memory serves me correctly. Louise, Gill and I started the band in Scotland with a few friends. We did a few shows – mostly corporate ones doing covers - then we moved abroad. We kicked things off in Bahrain, and since then have been to Macau and Hong Kong as well, then finally moved here permanently to start our own company. We travel all over the Middle East performing at corporate events, weddings, gala balls, and product launches, to name a few examples.
Tell us a bit about the music on your new album ‘In the Pockets of Clowns’.
In the Pockets of Clowns has been about a year in the making. The Dubai music scene is developing, and has been for quite a few years, with some great acts in the region; the album was recorded in Dubai, and mastered by Milton Kyvernitis who has worked with some of the biggest acts in the region. The album is a collection of nine songs, penned by myself over the years, and reworked by the band. It features both Louise and myself on vocals, so it has a duet style to it over some loud Rock riffs. It’s always hard to describe your music, so I would say go to our Soundcloud page and take a listen to our debut single from the album, ‘After all is Said and Done’, which is available for free download.
What has been your most exciting performance so far?
We won Rolling Stone’s Street to Stage competition late last year and performed in Hard Rock Café to a packed-out venue. That night was electric, we had no idea we were going to win - it was all very nerve wracking. We also performed on all three nights at Gulf Bike Week and supported 80’s hair band, Europe, at Dubai tennis stadium. It’s hard to say which was best as they were all pretty incredible. Each gig is unique, as is the audience. We are just chuffed that people show up to watch us!
Let us in on a Boxtones secret that no one else knows.
At the Europe show, we performed and then literally ran out of the venue, got in our truck and drove across town to another venue where we had a second show, which started 30 minutes afterwards. I’m not sure who does and doesn’t know that, but that was a stressful night – we didn’t even get a chance to meet the guys from Europe! I guess if you want to know a proper ‘secret’ you will have to sign up to our mailing list on our website where all the proper gossip happens…
What have you got planned for the future, and where do you hope to be in ten years time?
Ten years from now? Successful – whatever that may mean in this day and age. We are constantly developing new ideas in business, and are quickly becoming the one stop shop for your entertainment needs. On our original side, we would like to have released some cracking records; built a great fan base, and done some wicked tours – you can’t really ask for more than that as a musician.
writing by Sofia Fernandez Vyas
To know more about The Boxtones visit: www.boxtonesband.com