Since the formation of their band in 2015 opening for Ringo’s Star son, Zak Starkey in London’s West End “The Winachi Tribe” has not stopped for a single second! This past summer they released their critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated for best electric song “Transition” that contains a bold, and in your face message. “Change don’t bring danger, change for you is good. It’s a transitional, transitional period.” “If you don’t like the person you are then change the person you be” an inspirational and motivated song with a cool, eclectic and upbeat electronic beat that can be categorized with pop, alternative, funk and EDM! The Winachi Tribe took a fearless approach with this creation with also maintaining that “have fun” quality people like to hear when they're listening to music with the intentions of having fun and letting loose! “Transition” has its own brand as a song. While listening to this it will be extremely difficult for you to name any other song that this can be compared too. That insufficient generic quality sound is what I like the most about this. I’m not a big electronic music listener but the way they seemed to make a hit so effortlessly draws me in to the genre! To collaborating with a large impressive cast of legendary names from the world of music and acting, gaining major press and airplay all over the world and touring both the United Kingdom & Los Angeles to rave reviews. It’s an exciting prospect to see what the future holds for this unique band. Dare I say it, Tribe.
Listen to “Transition” and get to know the background of The Winachi Tribe and what's upcoming!
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
Big Winachi love going out to all the 'BuzzMusic LA' readers. I'm Liam Croker, lead vocalist / Lyricist in Northwest U.K band 'The Winachi Tribe'. We hail from Northern town 'Warrington' which is bang in the middle of major cities Liverpool and Manchester, we basically seperate those two cities. I consider us really lucky to have grown up with the rich musical history of both of these great cities on our doorstep, I'm very proud to come from the North West of England. Also in the band is Antony Egerton / Keyboards / Programming - Inder Goldfinger / Percussion & Tabla - Richard Ritchie / Bass Guitar - Mike Bee / Lead Guitar - Sammy T / Drums.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We've all know each other for different amounts of time and met under completely different, very random circumstances. Winachi's a rogue band, we're not part of any scene and don't want to be. We're a band of like minded, loveable misfits, all from very different backgrounds...a travelling Funk N' Roll Circus that over a number of years have slowly been drawn together. This might sound cheesy but it feels like fate, all our paths were meant to cross to make this truly unique band. You see...not anyone can join this band, you've got to have skin as thick as a Rhino and an extremely strong mind otherwise you'd crumble and potentially end up in the funny farm. Being in this group certainly keeps you on your toes. I love the fact that it could explode or implode at any minute...it's quite Schizophrenic in the most beautiful way. Something's should never / can't be tamed...they're not meant to be. We all feel blessed to be a part of something so special.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
We've just become better at our craft, better songwriters, better producers, a better understanding of our vision and how to get that from out of our heads and onto to record. But we're still us, you always know it's a Winachi record no matter what style of tune we're making, it's just got that 'Tribe Vibe'...know what I mean?. We've never...ever...gone into the studio with an idea of what type of song we're going to make, what genre it's going to be...what a depressing thought that is. Music's so eclectic and versatile that I'd hate to be pigeonholed as a certain type of band that could only make say 'Hip Hop or 'Rock N' Roll'!! That's just corporate to me and I've worked very hard not to have to get up in the morning and put on a shirt and tie. You're only as good as your record collection...and we've got good record collections.
We absolutely love your new song “Transition”! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
The concept behind the song is about being your own person, making a change, standing on your own two feet ie "If you don't like your vision, then change what it is you see" "If you don't like the person that you are, then change the person you be". No one's gonna do anything for you in this life, you need to stop being a Bitch and make it happen, make it happen for yourself. If you something, then go and get it, if you don't like something, if something offends you then speak up. You've got an opinion so let it be heard. That was the basic inspiration. The decending bass line just came to me in the shower, it just popped into my head, fuck knows where it came from...the best songs are born like that, out the blue, well out the shower in this case. I was listening to a lot of 'Whitey' at the time and loved the fuzz bass sound on his track 'Individuals'. I played Antony the bass line in the studio and told him I wanted it to sound like punk funk. Ant found the sound and we took it from there. It was one of the easiest and enjoyable tracks that I've ever recorded. I love that song, I feel like it was a game changer for the band and set the bar really high...we now have to beat it...which of course we will...easy peasy.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
Personally I'm old school and like something physical, I'd always go with Vinyl or C.D over digital downloads. I have really fond memories of being a kid and looking at the covers of my Dad's Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd records. I'd look at the artwork and read the notes while listening to the album. To me it just added to the feel and overall experience...it was part of the art. You had a feel for the album before you'd even played it from just looking at the cover. We've lost that with the digital format, it just feels like a little bit of the magic has gone. I find the digital format really clinical.
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
We've just been announced as the 'Special Guests' opening for Shaun Ryder's legendary Manchester band 'Black Grape' at their massive homecoming show at 'B.E.C Arena' on the 2nd February 2019. It's a 5000 capacity show...it's gonna be a huge night for us...we can't wait!!! Live Winachi is a machine, unlike any other band in the world right now. Live we're unstoppable...and I say that with the upmost confidence. It's a like an aneurysm, but an aneurysm that will make you dance and turn you on at the same time...it's an intense experience for both the audience and band. We mean it and put our heart and soul into every show. We were once described in a live review as 'Massive Attack Fucking The Prodigy'...that's my favourite description of our band that I've read in the music press.
What’s next for the band?
In 2019 we're going to take this round the world, hit as many countries as possible. Just keep recording, releasing music, touring and watching the 'Tribe' grow all over this beautiful rock we all live on called plant earth. We're all very excited about the future...and god knows we've put in the work. Work shy is one thing this band is not. Crack on people Xx
Connect with The Winachi Tribe on social media:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/winachitribe
Instagram : www.instagram.com/winachitribe