The boys from TUYS are back home from their 3 EXCITE shows!
The four musicians had the chance to perform on the 2nd main stage at MS Dockville in Hamburg on the 18th of August, as well as twice at the Live at Heart festival in Örebro (Sweden) on the 1st of September and one more time in Gothenburg on the 2nd, all of which through the EXCITE project!
The Excite project is a collaboration between nine organizations from nine different European countries that exchange young musical talent across European borders. The participating organizations are all about supporting young upcoming bands and with Excite they want to give bands their first European touring experience. That is achieved by working together with a selection of festivals from the participating countries. In that manner, 20 playing opportunities for 11 bands across 9 countries are created, providing the selected bands with an invaluable networking opportunity and a chance to gain experience.
We asked a couple of question to Tun, from the band TUYS. Here’s what he had to say:
So, tell us what have you been doing this year...
We’ve started the year with a few weeks of studio; we recorded nine songs together with Jan Kerscher at Ghost City Recordings. In May we released the first out of these songs, called ‘Belong’, as a single and toured a bit in Europe, while focusing on Germany. Highlights were The Great Escape in Brighton or Dockville in Hamburg.
What do you think about initiatives as Excite? Do they matter to a band like yours?
Excite is amazing. The program gives us the opportunities we need at this point of our career in order to move on. We did not just have a great time playing Dockville for instance, but it’s a great reference we will be able to use in the future.
What did you learn from it?
As with every other show, we’re gaining live experience. On top of that, i would say that we’re professionalising our way of touring by playing bigger festivals and showcases.
Would you recommend it to other bands?
I would definitely recommend it to other bands that are really ambitious and love to tour. It’s a
unique opportunity to present your music in other territories and make new contacts.
We’ve got a next single called ’Talk' which is going to be released on the 18th of November. We’re currently working on the video, you should stay tuned!