Freddie & Seb are each one half of The Marlow Brothers. Hidden treasures, they’ve been writing songs and bringing laughter and feel good music to Eastbourne, Sussex. Give them a whirl on Soundcloud, follow them on Twitter and let them know how much fun it would be to take a ride in in their Paper Cab or the Jam Van. Every artist starts somewhere and here begins The Marlow Brothers. Check them out, you will be glad you did. – Fresh Independence
Name: The Marlow Brothers
Age: Freddie 20, Seb 18
Where are you writing this: at home in Eastbourne, Sussex
Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.
We’ve lived all over the Country, but now we live by the beach, it’s just a great place to write music, and it’s close to London which has a big music scene. We started writing when we were staying in a really small holiday cottage nearby, and we haven’t looked back since.
How would you best describe your musical style?
Hard to name a specific genre, but definitely acoustic, feel-good, but we are branching out to more rocky stuff like with Jam Van.
How did music find you?
Seb: “I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 and I went down the classical route firstly. Always had a love for this kind of music though, and when we sat and wrote our first one, I realised how much we both loved it.”
Freddie: “I played a couple of instruments but I think pink Panther on the saxophone was as far as I took it. I remember me and seb just sat down one evening with a guitar, he only knew a couple of chords at the time but we wrote a song and haven’t really stopped writing since then.”
What is the songwriting process like for you?
I mean, we usually just sit down and Seb will find some chords, some which sound fun but fairly original. And then I [Freddie] get some lyrics – there’s not too much thinking involved. But the best thing about it is, when I’m struggling to finish a verse or chorus, Seb can fill in the gaps. I see a lot of bands spending hours trying to get the perfect verse, thinking in great detail about the words – I believe that generally, a good song is one that’s spur of the moment. Some of our most popular songs have taken 10 minutes to write.
Going back to the first song you wrote how has your music evolved to your more recent creations like Jam Van?
Our first attempt was pretty terrible to be honest, but I guess you have to start somewhere. I suppose we started writing better songs when we came down to Eastbourne. I guess our music has changed since we’ve started listening to more. As we’ve matured, I reckon our music has too. Like any band, we’ve written many “bad” songs. But like anything, every now and then we catch a break and write a decent song.
Share your vision for TheMarlowBrothers and your journey in music.
Our vision? Hopefully playing as much as possible for as many people as possible. And 5 or 6 houses and a pet tiger wouldn’t go amiss either.