England has a history with Electronic Pop duo’s from The Pet Shop Boys to Tears For Fears to Disclosure....
Less narcissistic than solo performers, more intimate than a mere "band," musical duos embody a special chemistry. It's this chemistry that has driven David Maddox Jones & RaifeHacking to where they are right now. The influence of classic acts along with a passion for modern production andsongwriting is the inspiration for Born Stranger; big production, massive hooks with a fresh feel yet with classicsongwriting steeped in the boldness of the 1980s via 2016.
Raised on hymns with no television or radio, David started writing songs when he was 7. "When you learn to do something so young it becomes a part of you." Raife was a drummer growing up and only later got into production after being hugely inspired by Anthony Gonzalez writing and production in M83. You can hear that epic, bold style all over first single 'The Fire & The Flame' which is an ode to lost young love. The band say "It's that moment of realisation when you suddenly know that you and your childhood are just not meant for each other any-more," set to a backdrop of bigsynth hooks, drums and riffs It looks certain to be their 1st outing.
Born Stranger really started life in early 2015 when, frustrated with their current situation, they contacted Kwame Kwaten via Claire Coulton, with some demos for an album they had just finished. "There's potential, great songs but needs something extra In the production" were Kwame's first words to the band about 30 minutes after the first email was sent. He promptly set up a meeting with Claire and the band to discuss a way forward-Claire soon after joined Ferocious Talent Management with Born Stranger .
Within a few days Kwame had got Yoad Nevo (Sia, Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp) mixing a couple of the bands songs. He then agreed to working on their debut album (production and co-writing). The work took place at synth heaven Nevo Sound Studios, creating a the perfect hybrid of warm Analogue sound together with tight digital punch.
"It was pretty incredible at the time, we always knew we had something, but to have it validated by all these great people in the industry gave us a renewed sense of urgency and excitement" says David Maddox Jones, Singer.
Born Stranger are inspired by pop music with a deeper layer, a hidden darkness. They draw inspiration from any of their favourite Artists -Tears for Fears , Depeche Mode right through to The Weeknd or Sia. A great pop song speaks toeveryone of us and resonates because it expresses our most human desires and makes sense of the world, creating a shared experience.
The band say "Songwriting and making music has always been about collaboration for Born Stranger. The idea of sitting a room with another writer turning a conversation into a song; the ordinary into something visceral and life-affirming.Songwriting is the best form of escapism."
This belief has informed the creation of their Debut Album. On the face of it Born Stranger are a duo but in reality they are more of a close knit community of collaboration.