Dutch alt rock outfit PACESHIFTERS have recently released their eye-opening single and video ‘Hurdles’, it is one of the first that showcases the bands’ new sound. Since the band made some big changes in the team behind their musical career, it felt like the right time for me to have an online word with PACESHIFTERS!

Could you introduce us to PACESHIFTERS in 3 words?
Three, Piece, Rockband

In our current climate, where do you find the inspiration to write new music?
There’s a lot going on in the world that inspires us to write songs about. On our new album there are a couple of songs that are about climate change and the way that we humans take care of the world that we live in. But on the other hand we also write about more personal stuff like relationships or anxiety. If there wouldn’t be any ‘news’ nowadays, we would still have a lot to write about.

What has been 3 positive things that you have gotten out of the pandemic?
I guess a feeling of solidarity and unity, because there are lots of people struggling right now and going on over the same thing. Also putting things in perspective, which sometimes can turn out in a positive way. Spending more time watching movies, playing video games is not such a bad thing at all.

What has been the reason for the change of sound and team behind the band?
Trying out new things. Working with a new team can be really refreshing. It feels like starting all over again but with the same band. The change of sound comes natural I guess. We all evolve as musicians and our musical taste also changes. We think that it’s cool to have a wide range of different songs on one album. Changing the sound can really help with creating that wider range.

What are your plans for the future?
‘Hurdles’ is the first single of our new record so the plan is to release a couple more singles and after that we’ll release the full length album. Also we would like to play lots of shows all over the world but I’m not sure if that is possible in the next few years, but we’ll figure it out someway.

What are 3 things you are looking forward to most when we are back to relatively normal?
Watching a cool band in a room filled with a lot of sweaty people and sharing the excitement with everybody. Playing a show with a big crowd in front of you. And partying after the show without any restrictions.

Country you would love to travel to as soon as safely possible again and why?
Portugal. I heard that it’s relatively cheap, the weather is nice and the nature is beautiful.

1 tip for emerging artists?
Take your music and craftsmanship seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously.

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