Birmingham Band La Dharma take on the 10 Questions!
Where did your band name come from?
Jonah: I was reading a Jack Kerouac book called ‘The Dharma Bums’. I really liked the sound of the word ‘Dharma’ so I looked into it found that it’s an old Asian word which loosely meant peace and harmony whist abiding to the rules of the universe. It also said there’s no official meaning translated in a western language which I thought was quite cool. The ‘La’ came later purely because we thought it ran off the tongue well. It makes it sound a bit French I suppose.
What made you want to get into music?
Chris: Song writing mainly. I’m a bit of a lyrics boffin and look into the meaning of any song I like haha. So I liked the idea of telling my own stories through songs and saying things that I might struggle saying in everyday life.
Best venue you’ve ever played and why?
James: We’ve played some awesome venues in the last year including incredibly eclectic places like The Shed Leicester and Café 1001 London. Though nothing quite feels like home more than The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham, the atmosphere and basement vibes are just second to none. It’s our favourite place to play and to just grab a pint or three.
One band/artist you’d love to support?
Mick: The 1975 because they’re one of the biggest bands on the planet and we absolutely love them.
What’s the greatest love song ever written?
Jonah: As romantic as I am, I’d have to say River by Leon Bridges
The best album that you’ve heard this year?
Chris: Erm, I really enjoyed Cool Like You – Blossoms especially the opening track ‘There’s a Reason Why’. I love the synth sounds they use. Thought the new Wombats album was cool to.
Most underrated band/artist of all time?
Jonah: Echo and the Bunnymen, they’ve done some great songs but were never rated as highly as The Smiths or The Cure
What was the last song you streamed on Spotify?
James: Only the absolute 80s banger that is Something About You by Level 42. Our bassist Mick is working on a slap bass line for one our new songs so I thought I’d go and listen to the master Mark King himself. Still to this day I do not know how he can slap the bass like that and sing at the same time. Pure brilliance!
Which three artists/bands should we be looking out for? (Musically, not for Criminal Offences)
James: I would have to say The Sunset Beach Hut, The Extons and La Dhar… only joking, and M.A.R.C. They’re all great bands with amazing energy that we’ve had the pleasure of playing with before. I would recommend checking out their tracks ‘Upside Down’, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘She’s a 10’, and whilst you’re there you may as well give our new single ‘Sirens’ a try, see what you think.
What do you want to accomplish next as a band?
Mick: Ultimately we want to be known as a band with an exciting live presence and original, well crafted music. To that end, we have a number of gigs coming up and we’re releasing two more singles as part of our first EP before the end of the year. Everything will be announced via social media over the next few months so make sure to check us out!