Modestep

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Modestep
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Modestep (2012)
Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Electronic rock, dubstep, hard rock, drum and bass
Years active 2010–present
Labels Polydor, Interscope
Associated acts Koven, Document One, Foreign Beggars, Ryan Keen, Dirtyphonics
Website www.modestep.com
Members Josh Friend
Tony Friend
Past members Matthew Curtis
Nick Tsang

Modestep is a dubstep and rock band from London that formed in 2010. Their debut album Evolution Theory was released on 11 February 2013, including its five singles: "Feel Good", "Sunlight", "To the Stars", "Show Me a Sign" and "Another Day".

History[edit]

Early career (2010–2011)[edit]

Tony had been DJing since 2001 while Josh had been in multiple bands prior to Modestep with the drummer,[1] only forming the band in 2010, along with guitarist Nick Tsang, a former member of Go:Audio.[2]

Evolution Theory (2011–2013)[edit]

Modestep began work on their debut album during early January 2011, with their debut single "Feel Good" being released in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2011; managing to reach the BBC Radio 1 A Playlist during the weeks prior to release.[citation needed] The single was released as part of a 3-track extended play, including another track entitled "Bite The Hand". On 13 February, the single debuted at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] also reaching number 5 on the independent releases chart[4] and number 6 on the dance releases chart.[5] The music video of the new version of their single "Sunlight" was released on YouTube on 3 July, passing 1 million views within four days, also making the Radio 1 A-list and debuting at number 16 in the UK charts. "To The Stars" has also made it onto the Radio 1 A-list and was released on 6 November. Their fourth single "Show Me A Sign" made its YouTube debut on 19 March 2012 and was released on 6 May 2012.[6] They were also a support act for Lostprophets Weapons tour in mid-2012 and have been received extremely well by audiences. In July 2012, the fifth single from Evolution Theory, entitled "Another Day", was aired on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Modestep had previously performed this song to open their set when supporting Lostprophets on their spring UK tour. Just before the song was aired, Tony Friend revealed in an interview that Modestep hoped to release their debut album on 3 September 2012. After the album was pushed back to 14 January 2013, it was pushed back yet again to 11 February 2013.

Second studio album and departure of Tsang and Curtis (2013–present)[edit]

Modestep have announced via their social pages that they are now in the studio working on new material.[7] On 16 October 2013 they began work on the first track from their forthcoming second studio album.[8] In December of 2013, the band embarked on the Foot Locker tour in Europe, promoting popular shoe retail store Foot Locker.[9] On 14 January 2014, Tsang and Curtis both left the band to pursue their own careers in the music industry. Despite this the album is still scheduled and a world tour is expected, the band will soon be looking for new members to succeed them soon.[10]

Festival history[edit]

Year Festival Notes Reference
2011 Download Festival Performed on the "Bedroom Jam" stage. [11]
Wireless Festival Hyde Park, London, on Saturday 2 July. [12]
Audioriver Płock, Poland, on Saturday 30 July. [13]
Pukkelpop Belgium on Thursday 18 August. Shortly after their performance, the festival was canceled due a heavy rainstorm, large hail and a windspeed of 170 km/h (106 mph). [14]
2012 NASS Festival 2012 Headlined the second day of the festival with Sum 41 on 7 July 2012 [15]
Redfest 2012 Headlined the main stage on Friday 20 July. [16]
Pukkelpop Performed in the "Dance Hall" on Friday 16 August. [17]
Reading and Leeds Festival Performed on the "Dance Stage" on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. [18]
Chicagos North Coast Music Festival Sunday 2 September. [19]
Grape Festival One of the headliners. Played at Piestany, Slovakia on Saturday 11 August. [20]
2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Friday 19 April. [21]
Ultra Music Festival Performed on the "Live Stage" in Miami on Friday 03/19 April and Sunday 03/24 April. [22]
T In The Park Performed on the "Transmissions Stage" on Sunday 14 July. [23]

Musical style & influences[edit]

Modestep has various musical styles and sounds as they have incorporated electronical elements such as dubstep and drum & bass, however they have also incorporated hard rock into their music, thus giving them a unique style. Josh Friend has also incorporated vocals into their music.

They have been placed next to bands such as Pendulum and The Prodigy due to their musical style, however they are able to play along with other artists such as The Script, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and Flux Pavilion.[24] In an interview with Soundsphere Magazine, the members explained that "We’re all massive ‘tech-head’ musicians...". It is explained how each member of the band influences their musical style with different genres of music, also explaining that their unique musical style was unintentional.[25]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Modestep discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
EPs 3
Singles 5
Music videos 9
Remixes 3
Collaborations 1

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[26]
UK
Dance
US
Dance
[27]
US
Heat.
[27]
2013 Evolution Theory 23 1[28] 9 8

EPs[edit]

Year Album Details
2011 To the Stars (Remixes)[29]
  • Released: 4 November 2011
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Music download
2012 Show Me a Sign (Remixes)[30]
  • Released: 6 May 2012
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Music download
2013 Inside My Head[31]
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Free music download

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Type Link
2010 "Feel Good" David Bispham, Josh Friend & Tony Friend Narrative [1]
2011 "Sunlight" Josh Friend & Tony Friend [2]
"To The Stars" Liam Underwood, Josh Friend & Tony Friend Performance [3]
"To The Stars" (Break The Noise & The Autobots Remix) Liam Underwood Tour footage [4]
2012 "Show Me A Sign" Richard Payne, Josh Friend & Tony Friend Narrative [5]
Sam Friend Tour footage [6]
"Another Day" (featuring Popeska) (xKore Remix) Josh Friend & Tony Friend Narrative [7]
"Paradise" (Coldplay cover) Liam Underwood Performance [8]
2013 "Another Day" (featuring Popeska) Josh Friend & Tony Friend Tour footage [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whats Up Whatson. "Modestep Interview With Josh Friend" (Interview). WhatsUpWhatson.com. Whats Up Whatson. Retrieved 13 December 2013. "Tony’s been DJ- ing for about thirteen years..." 
  2. ^ Kevin Wicks (2 April 2013). "British Breakout Interview: Dubstep is Dead, Long Live Modestep" (Interview). BBC America. BBC America. Retrieved 13 December 2013. "...guitarist Nick Tsang to fill out the band’s arena-ready sound..." 
  3. ^ a b "Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 Aug 2011. 
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Independent Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 Aug 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Dance Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 7 Aug 2011. 
  6. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/show-me-a-sign-remixes-ep/id508838922
  7. ^ "Modestep working on new material". Twitter. Modestep. Retrieved 11/05/2013. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / modestep: First day in the studio to ...". Twitter. 2013-10-16. 
  9. ^ "MODESTEP X FOOT LOCKER TOUR LANDS IN PARIS". Mixmag.net. Mix Mag. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tsang and Curtis leave the band (Facebook post)". Facebook.com. Modestep. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Download Festival 2011 Lineup". virtualfestivals.com. virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Wireless 2011". wirelessfestival.co.uk. wirelessfestival.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Audioriver 2011 at Beach on the Vistula River". residentadvisor.net. residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pukkelpop 2011 Lineup". virtualfestivals.com. virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Relentless Energy NASS 2011 Lineup". virtualfestivals.com. virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "REDFEST DETAILS FULL 2012 LINE UP INC. YOUNG GUNS, KIGH AND KING BLUES". punktastic.com. punktastic.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pukkelpop 2012 Lineup". virtualfestivals.com. virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Line up Reading /Leeds". bbc.co.uk. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "2012 Lineup". northcoastfestival.com. northcoastfestival.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Grape Festival 2012". clashfinder.com. clashfinder.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Coachella Music Festival 2013 Line-Up Announced". sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Ridiculous Live Bass Group Modestep Talks Ultra, Justin Timberlake and More". Vibe. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "T In The Park 2013 Lineup". virtualfestivals.com. virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Martyn Young (14 February 2013). "Modestep – Evolution Theory Album Review". musicomh. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  25. ^ Soundsphere Magazine (29 August 2012). "Interview: Modestep [Leeds Festival 2012]". Soundsphere Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Modestep chart positions". officialcharts.com. officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Modestep charting positions". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "Top 40 Dance Albums UK". officialcharts.com. officialcharts.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "To the Stars (Remixes) - EP" (Online shopping). iTunes. Modestep. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "Show Me a Sign (Remixes) - EP" (Online shopping). iTunes. Modestep. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  31. ^ "Inside My Head EP" (Soundcloud playlist). Soundcloud. Modestep. 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "Cee-Lo Green - Fuck You (Modestep Remix)". YouTube. 2010-10-14. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  33. ^ "Ryan Keen - All This Time (Modestep Remix) (preview) by Modestep on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds". SoundCloud. 2012-12-22. 

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