Docksuns – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
D: We pride ourselves on being part of the indie rock scene however we do take influence from genres ranging from blues to pop. We like to generate a loud and lively atmosphere when we play.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
D: Docksuns are a five piece indie rock band hailing from Sunderland in North East of England. The band was put together by lead guitarist Neil Douthwaite who responded to an instagram story of the now drummer, Glenn Laws, playing the guitar. Bringing in fellow friends James Baxter on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Steve Keogh on rhythm guitar and Adam Dawkins on bass, the band was made complete.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
D: We would consider our biggest non-musical influence to be our home, Sunderland. Sunderland has a great history filled with culture, it’s proud of its links to shipbuilding which inspired naming the band. Artist such as Sterephonics, Arctic Monkeys, Catfish & Sam Fender to name a few are among mutual admiration between us, individually we take influence from all sorts of different genres we feel our music is inspired by the indie rock scene.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
D: From day one we agreed we’d achieve our ultimate goal by playing Glastonbury in a Sunderland shirt. As long as we continue to make music that makes people want to come and dance to then we’re happy with that.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
D: James, Neil & Steve have written our catalogue thus far which is why our music is different. The writing process is then brought to the practice room where we can all then have an input. Past experiences shape a lot of the writing process, there may be one or two about bad relationships..
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
D: Social media is a godsend. A lot of our promotion is done through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, all of which gives off a different vibe. We love the crack on social media back in the olden days (pre-pandemic) it was great to see new fans getting involved and coming to gigs. We utilise local music shows like BBC introducing who have kindly give a couple of our tracks a spin.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
D: If it means people can listen to our music then it gets the thumbs up for us.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
D: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, does not need an explanation.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
D: We were honoured with playing Sunderland International airshow in 2019 which was an amazing experience playing to a packed field on a summers night by the beach.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
D: The band’s next release, Dancing on the radio will hit the airwaves on 5th June. Following the release of our previous five tracks, DOTR is nothing like their fans will have heard before. Studio time on the single was extensive in the pursuit for the perfect sound. The new track provides a variety of alternative sounds that haven’t been heard on previous songs. Claps, xylophones and distorted vocals. You name it. The song’s got it.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
D: Our music is available on all your usual online music stores and can be streamed from platforms such as Spotify. We do upload tracks onto Youtube which is obviously free to watch!