Interview with the Band Catching Mangoes

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us! 

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Catching Mangoes: We are a five-piece, 70s inspired indie rock band with influences from all walks of life playing a part in the makeup of our sound. Having said this, we have a real eclectic mix of varying styles in our music.

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Catching Mangoes: Yeah absolutely it’s achievable! Once you realize that everyone is at the show to have a good time then everyone can just enjoy themselves and get lost in all the merriment.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
Catching Mangoes: Of course. We love playing gigs and meeting new people around the country that we would never otherwise meet. Seeing people interact with what we are doing is so rewarding. It’s also wicked to see people wearing/listening to our merch

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Catching Mangoes: I imagine if you are super famous it’s gonna be pretty intrusive. I don’t think it would be much fun not being able to go to the pub without being swamped.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Catching Mangoes: Yeah for sure, Spotify, etc., are great because it’s really easy to discover new and interesting music on them and listen to your favorite tunes but the way they treat and pay artists is a joke. I suppose there’s no stopping the mighty capitalist train though, right?

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Catching Mangoes: Do what you do to the best of your ability and don’t be afraid to push it further than you think it may need to go. Then you’ll be setting your own trend…no 2 people are the same.

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
Catching Mangoes: Yes. I honestly have no idea about most of the sub-genres that exist these days; I just stick to ‘Rock’ and hope for the best.

CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?
Catching Mangoes: Gig wise we are hitting the Hove scene on 13th November at Off the Record Festival and then bombarding the crowd at Hope and Ruin in Brighton with some wicked tunes on 20th December.

We have recently released a new album “Kevin’s Town” which is everywhere and have another EP in the works for next year.

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated
Catching Mangoes: Thank you!!



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