Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Love Trapezium

Photo courtesy of Love Trapezium.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Known for their unique music videos and 50,000 TikTok followers, United Kingdom-based act Love Trapezium released their latest single “PICK UP THE REST,” which has been likened to “experimental-indie-meets-pop-rap.”

In their time together, they’ve supported acts like Malena Zavala and DAME and have been featured on BBC Introducing and Future Radio.

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with the band about “PICK UP THE REST” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name? 

HTML JONES- It’s from a TV Tropes article that no longer exists about a four-sided love triangle, where some participants are more into each other than others – hence the different lengths of sides, otherwise it’d be a love square.

Ed – We initially went through about six or seven different iterations. The first few years of the band were spent almost exclusively coming up with “Love Trapezium.” We could have spent that time writing songs or learning instruments, but then we’d have a stupid name, unlike “Love Trapezium,” which is perfect. 

Music Bugle – What made you want to release “Pick Up The Rest” as a single? 

HTML JONES – An interview I watched with the musician M.I.A..

Joe – Also since releasing an EP in 2018, we’ve decided to focus entirely on singles for the foreseeable future. Quality, not quantity.

Ed – It’s definitely the track I’m most excited for people to listen to, very proud! 

Will – Pressure from the other members of the band.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music? 

HTML JONES – It’s everything we like at the same time.

Joe – It’s unpredictable! Every time a new demo gets uploaded, I never know how it will sound.

Ed – We seem incapable of not producing bangers at the moment. 

Will- BBC Radio Norfolk have frequently described it as “quirky,” which we’re still not sure was meant as a compliment. 

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians? 

HTML JONES – Help, but to directly quote Syndrome from “The Incredibles,” when everyone has access to social media promo, no-one has access to social media promo.

Joe – We’re very lucky in that HTML has grown a very sizable social media following, which has really boosted our fanbase over the last year. Becoming a TikToker to up those monthly streams – it’s a devil’s bargain, but one that’s paid off for us.

Ed – It seems like it can only be a good thing? I’ve heard people say it’s causing a mental health crisis, but I’ve never really used social media and somehow still hate myself. 

Will – It’s definitely easier to discover cool new music online than it ever would have been before social media was invented and we can reach people in places that we never would have been able to before.

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

HTML JONES – We can’t play live shows, but in a weird way, we’ve actually been slightly more productive.

Joe – Definitely. Not having any live shows has made us focus a lot more on getting songs released, but now things are on the way to opening up again, we’ve all started getting very excited about playing together.

Ed – Having access to good recording equipment for demos, etc., was a challenge – as we were all separated and only really have one decent microphone. 

Will – We haven’t been able to get together to practice and play together, so our first show back will be even sloppier and poorly performed than normal – and that’s a guarantee. 

Music Bugle – What was the moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician? 

HTML JONES – I got kicked in the head by a horse.

Joe – After a particularly tasty keyboard lick woke HTML from his coma, I decided that maybe this was something worth pursuing.

Ed – When I discovered how much of an effort being a doctor would be.

Will – Seeing P. Diddy on “Cribs,” I thought I could make loads of money with this band. I was right.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

HTML JONES – brakence, gla1ve, Yameii Online, Shygirl, Porter Robinson and A1 x J1.

Joe – I’ve listened to “voice of chunk” by the lounge lizards about once a day for the last month. Can’t go wrong.

Ed – Very late to the party, but have just discovered The Maccabees have songs that aren’t “Toothpaste Kisses” and turns out I like them. Also, The Big Moon. 

Will – Donald Fagen and other such boomer yacht-rock. 

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need an escape? 

HTML JONES – We can’t leave the flat, so I usually just sit there and stew.

Joe – I’ve recently started going for long walks around the canal where I live and watching the pigeons go about their business. HTML could learn a lot from me.

Ed – I currently live in tiny hospital accommodation in North London. If I could, I’d meet HTML JONES for a socially distanced beer in the park, but apparently, he’s trapped.

Will – Love Trapezium’s Spotify page. There’s some great tunes on there.

Music Bugle – f you had to pick your own theme song, what would it be? 

HTML JONES – “twitterloser” by AViT.

Will – “Macho Man” by The Village People.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021? 

HTML JONES – I would like to have one pint in a pub with friends.

Joe – Same, but followed by a Love Trapezium set that reaches new heights of showmanship and audience numbers – double figures.

Ed – We have a lot of great demos I’m excited to finally record once we are legally allowed to all be in the same room. 

Will – It would be great to start putting out music more regularly, as we’ve got plenty of stuff on the horizon that we’re very keen to finish.

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