PD: What type of artist are you?
PC: We are a 4-piece indie/rock/blues band from North Essex, UK. I’d describe our music as upbeat and energetic, mixing aspects of classic rock, soul, blues and elements of swing to create a sound that’s our own which we hope gets you moving. We’re as yet unsigned so the hustling is split between the band members, with help from our nearest and dearest – to whom we owe huge thanks for their part in this!
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourselves
PC: We came together in 2016. Jamie was looking to launch his own project for original music, having been playing in various cover bands over the years. By this point he’d got a catalogue of songs and the confidence from gigging to give it a go. He met the original drummer Ivo through a music sharing site and Ivo then introduced Ben and myself (Josh) to the project. Ben and I have been making raucous noise together since we were about 15 – turning amps that were too big for the space up way too loud and jamming Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and Guns N Roses songs and taking it in turns to rip solos, surrounded by dirty bedding and discarded socks – the stuff teenage rock n roll dreams are made of! Ben and I later joined the MacGregors, a punk rock band from Essex and after several line-up changes – think Spinal Tap and drummers we met Ivo. By the time we all met up with Jamie to rehearse we already had great chemistry and experience together and Jamie just locked in straight away. We entered a battle of the bands a few weeks later thinking it would be good experience. It was on a big stage with a panel of judges and a local TV station – it was intimidating. To our surprise we won! It was a great confidence boost for us and confirmed to us we had something special. Unfortunately, Ivo was called back to his native Portugal and we were back in the dreaded Spinal Tap situation. Luckily it was not our fate and Matt joined us in 2017 adding a heightened element of drive and enthusiasm. Since Matt joined, we’ve gained a lot of momentum and made real progress. We’ve made two music videos, which had a great reaction and helped us land some festival gigs and we’ve had a number of radio plays. On top of that our audiences & following are building week on week. At the beginning of November we released our debut EP ‘Far and Wide’ on all the major platforms, which has had some awesome feedback too.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
PC: Musically, between us we cover quite a wide spectrum when it comes to tastes: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Led Zepplin, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Muse, The Police, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters and classical composers like Pachelbel and Beethoven make up our collective taste.
Non- musically, inspiration and influence comes from the everyday; love, lust, fear angst, anger, confrontation, frustration – anything that sparks an idea.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
PC: Our dream is to make a career of making music and performing – I don’t think you’re taking your music seriously if it isn’t. But realistically the goal is to do the best we can do to push it as far as we can and have fun and enjoy creating and performing live.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
PC: Jamie is the primary songwriter. He has a serious back catalogue of material penned down in moments like the ones mentioned above. The songs are about the everyday things and we hope people can connect with them because of it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
PC: We have active Facebook and Instagram accounts so we keep our followers updated on there and also a lot of the venues we play do their own promotion too which is great. We’re really grateful for a loyal group of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who regularly turn out to see us play!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
PC: I think whatever gets people listening to music is a good thing . From a consumer’s point of view having the choice of millions of tracks for the price of an album a month is almost a no brainer. But from an artist point of view it’s frustrating that it takes thousands of plays to see any sort of comeback- but the choice is still there to buy albums and tracks should people prefer. I have always said that people will never stop wanting to own physical music, there is something really special about holding music and taking in the artwork and I think the comeback of vinyl and now cassettes is testament to. I don’t believe artists should ever give their material away for free, even where monetisation might come from other avenues. I get the sense that there is a rose-tinted nostalgia for the days of doing a paper round for weeks then running excitedly into the music shop in town to buy the cannibal corpse album you’ve been saving for, but I think there are more benefits now – we’ve been played all over the world since our EP has been released and that wouldn’t have been possible for a band like us without music online.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
PC: This question will always spring to mind songs like Comfortably Numb, Hotel California and other epic, atmospheric giants of songs. I remember listening to Paradise City when I was younger and I just could not comprehend how a song could be that awesome, so maybe one of those, or maybe something simpler like Life by the Drop which was written by a friend of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s- it’s such a captivating track, but I think that might be in part thanks to Stevie’s vocal style.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PC: Bands who only show up for their set. Obviously we can’t always stay for the duration, but we’re all out here grafting and mostly in the same boat so should all be supporting each other and building each other up as much as we can so to pack up and p*ss off when you’re done is bad form!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
PC: I think our EP is our proudest moment. We’re really proud of how it sounds and the feedback we’ve got on it so far has been great too. It was a long process and we really took our time to make sure it sounded exactly as we wanted and we all feel it really paid off.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
PC: Currently EP promotion is the focus – reaching as many audiences and radio stations across the world as we can and trying to build a catalogue of contacts for when festivals open again. We’ve also been working on a few new tracks too but we’ve got a little while until we need them gig ready by the looks of it so we’re just having fun with the music at the moment. Not having to rehearse a set is a great time to be able to really put tracks under a microscope and spend time on the finer elements which is an important part of getting the most out of them. In the not-too-distant future we’ll be looking at getting the wheels of the album in motion – the materials all there waiting so we’re excited for that too.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
PC: Our EP ‘Far and Wide’ is available to buy on Amazon Music and iTunes and is also on all major streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, emusic, Roxi, YouTube Music, TikTok, IMVU and a few more.