Band of brothers
PUBLISHED: 15:31 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010
A THREE man band is set to storm the international stage when they jet off to a music competition in Eastern Europe. Beckenham born brothers, Dieu, Jace and Alfie Carreira of pop band Nicole Jane are due to fly to Romania today to take part in The Golde
A THREE man band is set to storm the international stage when they jet off to a music competition in Eastern Europe.
Beckenham born brothers, Dieu, Jace and Alfie Carreira of pop band Nicole Jane are due to fly to Romania today to take part in The Golden Stag, Europe's second largest music competition after Eurovision.
The trio, who have supported RnB soul singer Lemar, were chosen ahead of signed and unsigned acts to represent the UK in the competition, to be aired live on Romanian TV in Brasov in September.
Dieu Carriera, 22, said: "We are really looking forward to it. I don't want to take anything away from English crowds but Eastern European audiences are really something else.
"They are very demonstrative and really show their feelings. And the women are crazy. But then again, if a British crowd respond to you it shows that they really must like you.
"We were on a tour of Romania when a talent scout for the Golden Stag spotted us and insisted that we submit a demo. We're very confident about getting through. We know what our potential is.
"Touring with Lemar was amazing. We thought it would be like a test to see if we really were ready for the big stage and, as the saying goes, 'when cometh the hour, cometh the man.' It went really well.
"There is nothing like getting on stage and performing. It feels like sex. It's the greatest thing ever, the best feeling in the world. It's indescribable."
Nicole Jane have been on MTV Base as well as receiving regular airplay from the UK's leading tastemakers on national and pirate radio stations.
The band also won the best UK unsigned act of 2006 at UK Unsigned, a nationwide talent search in which thousands of contestants from genres such as RnB, rock, soul, pop and hip-hop compete for the top prize.
The brothers' varying taste in music helps them to feed off each other and create an original sound.
Dieu said: "I'm a jazz man but I like some folk music like Bob Dylan as well. Alfie likes RnB and Jace is more into guitars."
Asked what the future holds for Nicole Jane, Dieu said: "We just want to make good pop music which has its roots in RnB and soul. We want to get back the dynamic that the British music scene once had.
"We're the most exciting thing to come out of British music in the last five years. There are great things ahead. Our ultimate gig would be performing at the Grammys or headlining at Glastonbury. We know there's a long way to go before that but we're sure we will make it."
For more information about the band, see www.myspace.com/nicole