Big River – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
BR: Blues Rock, we groove, we Rock and write earworms and songs that’ll make you cry.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BR: We formed in 2016 and were intending to go out and play a few pub gigs, we played Blues Rock songs very well, however we found that the Saturday night “Dog n Duck” crowd don’t want to hear how well you can play Rock Steady by Bad Company, they want to hear Sex on Fire & the entire Killers back catalogue. While doing the pub circuit we found that we could write a nifty tune or two, we also noticed that our own songs were better received than the covers, so that’s the direction we started to move in.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BR: Musically our influences are very wide ranging, it ranges from Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple & Free through to Clutch, Rival Sons, Rag & Bone Man, via Rush and Jaco Pastorius.
Non musically, we’re influenced by everyday people, we’re not brainwashed by celebrities etc or follow the trends like sheep. Take Adam our singer, his biggest influence is his Mum. I think by reading this you’ll get a very good idea of what we’re all about., People that overcome daily challenges in life influence us.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BR: Just for everyone to carry on enjoying our music and coming out to our shows.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BR: We all have a hand in writing, it’s a team effort. Usually one person will have the basic framework of a song, which we then work on together at writing sessions. With the lyrics and melodies, that’s Adams forte, he takes the songs away, works his magic and we have a song. It’s a very cathartic process.
Our songs are about everyday things, it may be about a local dodgy geezer (Hometown Hustler) to a sensitive subject such as depression / mental health (Blackened Rain). Real life experiences and subjects that everyone can relate to.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BR: We are getting a lot of radio play of tracks from our album, this helps greatly getting our name out there. We utilise all Social Media has to offer, there are a lot of excellent groups that showcase the style of music we play & allows us to share our songs and shows. Facebook is an excellent tool if used properly to promote music. Although we handle a lot of our own promotion, we have employed a PR company to reach out to a wider network of industry contacts. When you get to a certain level as a band, the extra investment has to be made.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BR: It works for us, everyone is doing it now, it’s just a shame that the platforms don’t give the artists a bigger share, it takes a lot of time and money to write / record / release songs, the returns on streaming and downloads are pitiful. If you want your music to be heard, digital is the only way in this modern age.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BR: That’s a tough one, there are four of us and we all have such varied influences. All of us would no doubt pick a classic, timeless song such as Freebird, Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven. Songs that resonate and mean something to someone.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BR: Arrogance & Rudeness; it costs nothing to be nice, we have to remember that we’re all in this business together fighting our own battles. We take pride in the way we treat others, we’re always told we are easy to work with and good guys. We take a lot of time to engage and listen to our audience. It’s important to stay grounded.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BR: Releasing our album, we created it from start to finish and it was an epic journey for us. So much happened in our lives over the two years we wrote & recorded the album, you can hear it in the songs & to see so many people love what we have produced is very rewarding. We get messages every day from people, telling us their favourite song off the album, or they’ve been playing it constantly, nothing could make us prouder.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BR: We’ve just played our last show of the year with Kris Dollimore from Del Amitri, we’ll take a bit of a rest over the Christmas period to spend time with our families & then be back in the studio early next year to work on album no 2. There’s also another video in the offing and we’ll be playing some fantastic shows / festivals in 2020 to continue promoting our album “Redemption”
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BR: We will be doing a handful of dates in the Spring, these will comprise of supports and our own headline shows, we like to mix it up. That will then lead us to the Summer Festivals. Followed by more shows in the Winter. We will have new material, our shows will be the emotional rollercoasters they always are, we can make you stamp your feet and bang your head one minute, the next you’ll hear a pin drop. Our live shows are a genuine experience, we give every performance 100% and play from the heart.