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Loz Campbell – Interview


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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?

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LOZ: Something familiar yet unique. Alternative rock that has REAL BALLS!

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

LOZ: The band and I are all based in Yorkshire UK, I loved music from a young age (around 4) my parents were taking me to gigs so I have them to thank. I started playing flute at age 8 (after being inspired by the theatre orchestras) and then transferred to guitar at age 11. I wanted to play what I was listening to (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Guns n Roses) and was drawn to be in a band and create my own music. I would draw shapes in books for different drum beats for songs and I was always writing stories.

 

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?

LOZ: It is a drive that is inbuilt in me. I am now inspired by fans who want more music and that spurs me on. I write about my personal ​experiences, heartbreak, and things that annoy me. It is a good way to get emotions out.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

LOZ: Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Slash and most recently Dorothy.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

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LOZ: There have been many experiences that I have been proud and grateful for. Including playing 3 of the O2 Academy’s, I felt amazing on those stages! Walking out knowing that your ​heroes have taken the same steps to the same stage is a great feeling. Also playing Saltaire Festival in front of what I was told was 10,000 people was pretty amazing and it was written all over my face as I turned around to give my photographer the “OH MY WORD” shot.

 

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?

LOZ: It is difficult but I don’t believe it is down to home studios, I think it is down to radios not playing enough new music. One show a week isn’t enough for the number of bands out there that deserve radio play. I personally would love to hear more new music throughout the day on mainstream radios, rather than the same 10 songs. A mixture of old and new songs would be really refreshing and would help a lot of bands reach new audiences faster. In my opinion the mainstream radio stations have the power and the future of rock especially is in their hands.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up? 

LOZ: ​I handle all the bookings and promotion is split between me and O’Neill PR. We have lots of gigs/festivals coming up all around the UK, including a co-headline UK tour with Firekind tour in the first week of July. People can keep up to date with gigs and find tickets at: www.lozcampbellmusic.co.uk

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

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LOZ: I think it is terrible for artists to make money back on recordings however it does allow you to reach larger audiences. I use Spotify so I can’t judge ha!

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

LOZ: Rocket Queen (Guns n Roses) – IT IS A TUNE! Pocket rocket is also my nickname so it could well have been my song ha!

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

LOZ: I could be here all day with this question.

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

LOZ: Mainly focusing on live gigs to promote the new single. I always have some new tunes cooking.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

LOZ: Visit the website: www.lozcampbellmusic.co.uk

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