S2: 7 - Steven Gillies from Atlas:Empire/Dialects

Steven is in two bands, and I’ve interviewed members from both of them. Conor from Dialects was my very first interview on this wee Glasgow music podcast. That was back in June 2015.The other is Jamie from Atlas:Empire, whom I’d interviewed 11 months ago, so if it appears that it’s taken almost a year to follow that up then you’d be mostly correct. This wasn’t by design, but life does tend to get in the way of some things.I’ve known Steven for a number of years now. In fact, he reached out to me when I used to run a small label called Cold War Legacy Records and asked if I fancied putting out Atlas:Empire’s ‘Somnus’ EP. I liked it a lot – I still do like the band a lot – and said yes. It was a good time, and I enjoyed being a small part of that band’s legacy, despite the fact the way that some fractious local scene politics seemed destined to dismiss their music, and my label, before giving it much of a chance.But that’s a story for another day.It wasn’t until after we had arranged to have this conversation that Steven and I realised that we were actually neighbours. Which is kinda cool because music scenes are so vast, and Glasgow is such a densely packed place that it never occurs to me that I might live near someone that I know. Had I known this sooner, this interview wouldn’t have taken this long to happen.As you will be able to tell from this interview, Steven has been involved in bands for the entirety of his adult life, starting in adolescence and perpetually moving forward until the present day. Having been in a few bands myself over the years, with some projects exploding spectacularly before ever reaching any kind of coherence, the drive to keep at it can often be difficult to sustain. The fact he’s still going is a true testament to his drive, tenacity and character. Now he’s in two bands that are doing cool and interesting things, and that’s a pretty cool thing indeed.I hope you enjoy this interview.

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