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The Encounters

Years Active 2014- Present

Genre Indie, Pop, Rock

Members Lewin Riddell (Lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Callum Robertson (Lead guitarist), William Robertson (Bass guitarist), Cristian Galindo (Drums).

Describe Your Sound

A blend of ambient synths, rock and funk inspired guitar tones, pop inspired vocals, and detailed attention to song production. We draw a lot of inspiration from the production side of music, and spend a lot of time adding layers of electronic production to our songs then try to combine that with live instruments.

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Formation

Lewin, William and Callum all met and became friends through high school, playing in various bands together. We went through a lot of different musical styles and band member change ups. When we first started we were initially a punk-pop band, Lewin was playing the drums and Will was playing keys/synth. It wasn't till we started becoming more interested in song production that we made the change into becoming a more indie-pop styled band. From 2014-2016 the band was just the trio and we released our first two EPs. Will and Cristian met through studying the same music course at university and in 2017 Cristian joined The Encounters as our drummer.

Influences

Michael Jackson, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coldplay, The Cure. A lot of Brit rock bands! I think we draw from everything around us. Not just music but from experiences and other forms of art like films.

Shared Bills With

Allday, Amy Shark, Nicole Millar, Asta, Illy, Seth Sentry. Also local Perth bands The Faux, Young Robin, Falloway, Great Gable, Casino Dreams.

Career Highlights

Playing the main stage at Hyperfest Festival 2017. Playing a sold out The 1975 cover show at Amplifier bar. The release of our first two EPs.

Current Activity

We have currently just finished recording our latest single at Soundbaker studio which we are very much looking forward to releasing soon. We are also going to going back to the studio soon to track the next set of songs.

Shared Members With

Blake Skinner are old vocalist and bassist also played for Room for Reason and Beside Lights. Oly Gordon our old drummer used to play for Lake and the River and is now playing in a band called Split Cities.

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Releases by The Encounters

Things that aren't real EP

2015

Skins EP

2016

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