Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
BS: Angry not-quite-middle-aged white men trying to stave off a mid-life crisis.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
BS: We’re all from Swansea, apart from Tombo (Tom Williams) who lives in Neath or somewhere like that. During the first lockdown of 2020, Tom (Richards) and Richie started sending ideas back and forth after many many hours of Whatsapp voice notes.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
BS: It’s taken us a few goes on the roundabout to get here. But inspiration is everywhere.
Have a scan on Spotify, decide to listen to Fugazi, decide that they are right about pretty much everything.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
BS: To not waste any time, and stay busy. We want to have a single every month or two in our first year.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
BS: Changing our Twitter picture, twice… so far. We’re also pretty proud of the first 3 singles. Keep your ears to the ground.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
BS: It’s hard.. gone are the days of a demo in Treboeth doing a job, but all you can do is put the hours in. It’s now a world where everyone could be on the radio which has its pros and cons. As a group, we’re all for the tools to make music being more accessible and affordable. If they weren’t, music would be an almost entirely elitist pursuit.
We like keeping all creative aspects in-house. That way your vision lives or dies on your terms and hopefully that lack of expertise allows us to be a little different and go off piste.
PD: Talk to us about ‘Radical’, what is it about, what has the reaction been to it?
BS: It’s a satirical take on how, in a world where it’s hard to discern between truth and conjecture, some people, more than others feel the need to plant their flag and shout more loudly than others.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
BS: We don’t like the cheapening of art, in all forms. That extends beyond the music industry. From the way that it’s consumed, to governmental decisions over funding, they’re all indicators that art is to be treated as a frivolous, trivial hobby or plaything of the wealthy rather than a sign of a healthy, inclusive society.
…. And The. Kaiser. Chiefs.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
BS: We’ve been busy. We’re in the process of mastering our first 5 recordings. 3 of which will be singles.
We’re back into the studio (shout out to James Weaver) at the end of March. The first single ‘RADICAL’ is released on February 24th. Our second single ‘SO BAD’ and music video will be out in April with the third single ‘DEAD WRESTLERS’ and accompanying video out in May /June.
We’re undecided on how to release everything. We’ll see how the things pan out after the first three singles are out there. Hopefully more than two people will care enough so that it becomes something we have to actually seriously consider.
PD: Any live performances coming up?
BS: Gig wise we’ve got three shows on the way –
Feb 11th @ Hanger 18, Swansea W/Twister
Feb 17th @ Dros Ben Tan, Neath W/TBC
May 5th, @ The BunkHouse, Swansea (Headline)
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
BS: We’ve no merch right now but when we do it will be available via linktree via all our social media channels below.
Twitter – @baby_schillaci
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BabySchillaci
Instagram – @BabySchillaci
PD: Any final words?
BS: The Manics are amazing (Tom Richards).
Not as good as Fugazi (Richie).