They’ve been likened to The Killers, supported indie rockers Alt-J, and even had a stint on the BBC, now East London’s Short Stories are gearing up to tour the UK following a wave of success in 2017.
Featuring two SAE Audio Production students - Ash Walker and Billy Stewart - Short Stories have become firm favourites of music influencers since the launch of their Valhalla EP.
Produced by SAE London graduate Dan J Lambert of Valhalla Music, the EP was officially released in February.
“The launch went great. We had physical copies of our EP at the launch gig and sold a lot of those. We also got a lot of plays on Spotify and BBC Introducing played it as well,” Ash told SAE.
“It was a nice feeling seeing it on [the BBC], knowing that there is quite a few people listening to it. It’s one thing hearing your music on local radio, but having it on the BBC, that’s massive, that’s huge, that’s one of the biggest achievements we’ve had so far,” stated Billy.
From Soho to Camden and Islington, the boys are now a regular on the Saturday night live music scene, playing at iconic venues such as The Borderline, The Garage and The Camden Assembly (formerly The Barfly).
They’ve also performed outside the capital, and following a successful gig in Leicester earlier this year, are hoping to hit the road again as they look to pursue a full-time career in music.
“It’s always been the dream to be a band, but having the audio production skills comes part and parcel with it,” explained Billy.
“It helps you understand what sounds good in songwriting, on a level that songwriters with no production knowledge wouldn’t understand. It gives you a lot of technical ability and reinforces the skills you need to be in a band. The dream obviously, is to be a full-time band, but production has also stolen our hearts.”
Fellow Audio Production student and band member Ash expressed a similar sentiment.
“Yeah the course at SAE is great, it really opens your eyes to every aspect of music from writing, to live sound and to the engineer side. It even helps when we go and play live now, because we can help the live sound engineer and it just looks more professional.”