By Cullen Spurr
Back in November we did a session with Into The Ark who performed their original song ‘Money Or The Girl”. The duet presented their song with just an acoustic guitar and some close vocal harmonies, yet for such a small set up they create a pretty big sound.
Here’s a little info about the guys:
Into The Ark are Dane Lloyd & Taylor Jones. Hailing from Blackwood in South Wales, Dane & Taylor’s story is one that probably resonates with many aspiring musicians and dreamers across the globe. They met and bonded over their passion for gigging and their love for writing and each other’s taste in music. But it’s their hauntingly pitch perfect harmonies and beautiful lyrics that sets this duo apart.
Before they met the boys were solo performers, and at their first encounter they realised they were into the same music. Dane was 18 & Taylor 14. This instant friendship enabled the boys to get on stage and perform together. A very spur of the moment thing but one they’ve not regretted. “We noticed how well our voices blended and surprisingly the response from the crowd said it all’ says Dane.
They decided they would try their hand at busking in Cardiff, and after making enough money to buy beer and pizzas one afternoon, the boys decided to cement their partnership and into the ark was born.
After some time backpacking around Australia - the boys headed home to record a 4 track EP at a local studio. The tracks sounded great so they uploaded their songs to Youtube without any clue of how to crack the music industry - and at that point, the boys decided to go travelling once more and headed for Tunisia in North Africa. Dane & Taylor stayed for 6 months performing in various holiday resorts and learning about music and songwriting from people they met along the way. Whilst they were there, Sony contacted them showing an interest in their Youtube music, which prompted them to come home.
Following a few very nervous showcases in front of intimidating industry folk, the boys found management and together a plan was hatched to do things 'old school’. The boys had saved nearly enough money from busking so borrowed a bit of cash from the Bank of Mum & Dad and bought themselves a second hand van - the idea was to stick mattresses, guitars, clothes and a sat nav in the back of the van and set off around the UK doing gigs in front of as many people as possible. No matter what the venue or the town. Their aim is to play 150 shows over the next 6 months.
Check out their session;