Freedom of the City – Interview
Interview with George Brown (g+lv), Simon Goodwin (d+v), Paul Cantwell (g+v) and Chris Eifflaender (b+v) of Freedom of the City and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
G: We’re a Rock N Roll band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
C: So George & Si got together first, I think G auditioned for a band that Si was in at the time in Stockport, nothing happened anyway and Si left 2 weeks later to see If G fancied getting something together. Paul joined shortly after that and they toured as that line up + A. N. other bassists for a while. They we’re obviously without the final piece of jigsaw as a couple of different bassists later, I came to the party (pretty late). And yeah, we just got on and went for it from there really.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
P: I’d like to think that we draw influence rom not necessarily bands, or artists specifically, but from the sounds that they make, be that a riff, or a drum pattern or a hook. You know borrowing it and putting our own spin on it. Peter Gabriel was one, in terms of getting a song out of something. Me and George were listening to one his tracks on the way down to a gig in London, and then a couple of Months later “Pulse” was born, so it’s more to do with the sound of an artist rather than the artist themselves if that makes sense.
C: It’s just very broad!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
P: Pretty simple really. Call it a job, being a musician being the job. It’s pretty difficult in the current climate obviously but yeah. TO pack up your bags in the morning, pick up your guitar and go off to work. However that looks. UK, Europe, Worldwide, whatever. Just to say that you can do this as a job would just be a dream come true.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
C: G mainly, but we jam on stuff in the studio as a band as well and do some tweaking etc. G does the lyrics and stuff.
G: Lyrically some songs have a meaning, for example our last single Take Me beyond imagination is about overcoming a struggle, whereas Turn It Up on the other hand is all about some guitar madness!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
P: Social media is King. Unfortunately as much as I despise social media at times it is a necessary evil. You’ve got to jump through the hoops of the facebook campaigns, the twitter campaigns, and the Instagrams, and there’s probably a million other ways of doing it now as well, but it’s nice to have a physical connection in terms of handing a ticket over. We’re quite old school we still like physical tickets instead of doing it all digital. I have the exact same thing with Albums, I want to buy a CD or something, you know, have a physical connection with something, rather than just a name on a piece of paper or a website. But yeah flog the living day lights out of it on social media. There’s wicked companies doing PR at the moment, We’re currently working with Pufferfish, and a freelance guy who’s just epic!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
C: I do it, I’m not against it, but I do kind of agree with Paul in that, I like to get the Album, I like something physical. I want to support the artist or band that’s released the album orr single or whatever I’ve bought as much as possible so for me actually buying the track and putting a bit of dough in their pockets is the thing for me. I always feel that with some of the streaming services, the money isn’t getting to the guy who it should be you know.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
C: I dunno I’m pretty laid back. I hate being late for stuff, even though I normally always am. Or when someone steals your proper good meme without even liking yours first.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: Loads over the years, I could say stay out gigs, being single of the week on Kerrang! Radio, but I guess more of a collective thing is that we’re pushing on going strong after the years in a really difficult industry I guess. It’s really changed over the years and a tough nut to crack, yeah just proud of everything we’ve achieved, big or small.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: Currently getting ready for when lockdown ends and we can get out there again. For getting back on the live music scene, showcase some new material. We’ve been working on tracks away from the album. Obviously we’ve just finished Turn It up which is out soon (now by the time of reading), and another few we’re working in the studio that are due later this year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
S: we’ve a selection of album tracks available online that you can preview. We’ve got some new releases that we’ve been knocking out form our own studio space in Stockport, they’re available from all the usual platforms, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music etc. there’s loads of content on Youtube as well if you want to check any of that out as well.
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