Led by singer William Tse, ambient pop outfit Dream Estate are back, re-releasing their single ‘You’ and hoping to showcase their talents to a whole new audience before the end of the year, and moving into 2018. We got the chance to put some questions to the group all about their work, the future and more…
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
A combination of ethereal dreamy soundtracks, fused with elements of cheesy 80s pop.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
Everything in the music industry is a challenge. Even finding the right name for the band seemed like an impossible task to begin with! But since, we have found our biggest challenge is making a name for ourselves.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
If something is easy, it’s not worth doing; that’s what makes it exciting. It’s not easy to make a name for yourself when there are countless other bands trying to reach the same goal. We’re just gonna keep doing what we’re doing because we love doing it.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
Creative control is very important. Without it, the music we make would not really be ours. Having creative control over the music we write and produce means we can put our real thoughts and feelings into our lyrics and real emotions into our instrumentation. Every small detail we add to a song which, most of the time, goes unnoticed is there for a reason and has meaning behind it.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
When you listen to our tunes, it might be easy for you to hear some of the bands we’re influenced by. Not only are we inspired by pop music, we also love elements of classical music which is evident in our vocal harmonies. Inspiration can be drawn from everyday life. Writing songs about things that have happened helps keep it real.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
This is a tricky question to narrow down to one answer. We couldn’t go far wrong by choosing Mike Crossey. We love the work he’s done on the 1975s albums. Merging the digital and analog elements of their music… Dunno.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
One of our band members has the words, ‘How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?’ tattooed on his bum.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
One day we want to headline KOKO in Camden Town. We want to produce records that tell stories, both lyrically and instrumentally.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
Playing music to new faces in different cities around the country, around Europe, maybe America. We just want people to hear and love the music we write. We have big visions for our live setup (light shows, etc) to accommodate our sound. We don’t want to be playing gigs, so to speak, we want to give the people that come to our performances a euphoric experience they won’t forget.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
We have a lot planned throughout the course of 2018. Bigger shows, new releases and music videos. So find us on social media if you want to be up-to-date with all things Dream Estate!