1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
There are 4 of us in The Lightness of Being, and while the music which inspires us is similar how we each got there and started playing our instruments couldn’t be more different. For example Sergio (drums) found inspiration from bootleg cassette tapes in communist era Poland while Sam was in various Oxford bands in the wake of Radiohead, while frontman Gabriel dreamed of doing music while serving in the Singaporean armed forces before moving to London to form the band.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
The list would be long! But in terms of formative influences we’d say Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Hendrix, Sonic Youth, Prince, Mastodon and The Deftones – but that’s just a few. Definitely if these bands never existed our music would be different – but a few years now we’ve settled into our own sound.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Our frontman Gabriel had a few songs written before he and Sergio found me (Sam) and Chris (bass). Then after 6 months or so of settling into a sound we started writing as a band around 3 years back.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Usually we’d play live in London each 4-6 weeks but it goes in waves depending on recording and on how much day jobs are busting our balls.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Good question – Perhaps 4 of us would give you 4 different replies but I’ll say (Sam) from around 4 mins 20 seconds onwards “Electric Church Red House” from the “Jimi Hendrix :Blues” album – it’s just pure magic. A guitarist-centric answer? Or when Patti Smith opens ‘Horses’ with ‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine’ (says Gabriel).
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The new release “Movements” is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon – just search for The Lightness of Being”.
Also our 1st EP “Directions” is on the same platforms.
Our can also be found on Soundcloud at
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