Ama­trArt have a T break at mu­sic fes­ti­val

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Mark Pirie

A La­nark­shire elec­tro-pop five-piece are set for the big­gest gig of their ca­reer as they get ready to play at T in the Park.

Ama­trArt only played their first gigs in July last year, and are now set to open the T Break stage on Satur­day.

The fes­ti­val ap­pear­ance will come af­ter the band found suc­cess with their de­but self-ti­tled EP on their own la­bel, Del Trem Records , which re­ceived plau­dits and air­play from ra­dio DJ Vic Gal­loway.

The band, made up of Niall Jootun, Josh McGeechan, Jonathan Mullen, Niall Mor­ris and Lewis Orr, come armed with sev­eral gad­gets to add to their sound, with their shred­ding gui­tars un­der­pinned by elec­tron­ica.

Niall Jootun from Hamil­ton, who plays bass in the band, is ex­cited to be play­ing the fa­mous fes­ti­val.

He said: “It’s pretty ex­cit­ing to be play­ing T, we’ve all been to the fes­ti­val and it’s re­ally spe­cial to us, and to be asked to play was a great feel­ing.

“A cou­ple of the guys went to the first T in the Park, when it was still at Strath­clyde, so it’s a real hon­our.

“We’re also pretty happy that we’re on early, be­cause it means that we will get to see some of the other bands. We’re good friends with Catholic Ac­tion so it will be good to see them play as well.”

He also thinks they can of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent from the other bands tak­ing to the stage, with their synth mu­sic not fit­ting in with con­ven­tional guitar rock.

He said: “We’ll be less guitar, bass and drum-based than the other bands on the stage.

“Our fo­cus is on elec­tronic mu­sic as well as hav­ing a full live band, so we’re hop­ing that’s some­thing unique on the stage.”

Niall also ad­mits it has been a whirl­wind year for the band, but hopes to keep build­ing for the fu­ture.

He added: “It’s a pretty ex­cit­ing time for us.

“We’re able to look for­ward to a lot of things, and it’s just about get­ting peo­ple to know who you are and get them in the door.”

Fol­low­ing their ap­pear­ance at TITP, the band will take to the stage at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glas­gow on July 21.

The band are set to launch sin­gle Soft Skin at new Glaswe­gian venue The Hug and The Pint in Septem­ber.

If you want to hear more from the Ama­trArt visit their Face­book page and Soundcloud.

Their self-ti­tled EP can also be found online.

T time Ama­trArt look for­ward to T in the Park

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