3 Days Later Interview
Mike Rennard of 3 Days Later Interviewed by Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com) May 2017
PD. What type of artist are you?~
MR. 3 Days Later are a middle of the road rock band, with hopefully a bit of something for everyone,
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.~
MR. The band was formed in December 2015 by the bass guitarist Mike Rennard (myself) and after a couple of changes in the lineup we went on to perform at a host of festivals and gigs last year which then gave us a rest over the Christmas period, We have recently made the addition of a keyboard player and a new guitarist which has changed our sound slightly (for the better) but that’s evolution of the band and the music…….
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?~
MR. My musical influences range from Classical to Slipknot and everything inbetween, I think my biggest non musical influences are anyone who can take the knocks and can get up and carry on trying to achieve their ultimate goal in life rather than just throwing the towel in and quitting,
I think my biggest non musical influences are anyone who can take the knocks and can get up and carry on
PD. What are your dreams and goals?~
MR. I think my ultimate goal would be for the band to gain recognition and just be able to live a comfortable lifestyle and carry doing what i enjoy, playing music…….
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?~
MR. Well i can’t speak for the other members of the band who write the songs, but i tend to look at real life scenarios and what people are going through, “Wheels of Industry” is about working the 9 to 5 and being trapped in the rat race, “What if” is a song coming from the perspective of a person who has lost anyone that they have loved, whether it’s through the breakup of a relationship, the death of someone close or even caring for someone who’s suffering dementia,
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?~
MR. It’s generally done on the internet, even with local gigs, plus an app that linked to our Facebook page which it generates out to followers,
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?~
MR. Downloading music online is ok if it’s paid for, but i’m totally against people pirating the music, after all the band has worked hard to create the music and to have what little there is in royalties being basically stolen from you it’s a kick in the teeth for your creativity , it sucks!
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?~
MR. Funny you should ask! i’ve just been having the same discussion with Bernadette Barter, a Canadian Dj, But the record industry today is a big money making machine, not that it has never been that way but now there are so many out there calling themselves music PRs, record label agents and A&R but it’s all down to paying them a fixed fee and for what! because they can’t promise you that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and i’m a firm believer that you have to be in the right place at the right time,
they can’t promise you that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,
PD. What’s your claim to fame?~
MR. Getting the opportunity to have a few beers and a chat with Ricky Medlock (Lynyrd Skynyrd / Blackfoot) a really nice guy totally down to earth.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?~
MR. With being a bit OCD I’m a bit of a perfectionist and if i hear anything that isn’t right especially in recording it makes me an unhappy bunny, so i do get a bit frustrated about that…….
PD. What are the biggest obstacles for artists?~
MR. I would say cash flow, any emerging artist needs to be seen and heard, which means cutting a track or an EP and a Video, so unless you have a friend that has the recording facility and will do you a favour and a friend that can shoot a video, it all comes at a cost,
I would say cash flow, any emerging artist needs to be seen and heard,
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.~
MR. Well our next two shows are charity gigs, one for Cancer care and the other for the air ambulance service, so the reason why you should be there is because the more folks that go the more the charity will benefit, oh and of course the great music!
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