Band Interviews for Press

Phil Brady from Lionheart

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

Being a northern city boy and upping sticks to the Wiltshire countryside is a total contrast. Fifteen years living and playing in Wiltshire puts an element of calm into an otherwise chaotic existence.

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

A crowd

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

Don’t be a dick

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?)

What’s a rider?

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

Jeremy Corbyn born in Wiltshire. Fights a mighty battle against all odds for those who can’t fight for themselves.

Flounder from The Back Wood Redeemers

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

I’ve lived in various bits of the Country – this properly feels like home. Crowds are tops as well

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

The look of uncertainty when the audience realise how long the mic lead is

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

Don’t worry about playing bum notes live – the only people who notice are other musicians and they are all a bunch of ******** ( not sure I agree totally, but I got the jist)

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?)

A duck – quite fond of ducks

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

Don’t really go in for heros, but respect wise it’s gotta be my kids. They are exceptional human beings.

Anya from Soeur

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

Good cider, good crowd, all year round.

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

People!

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

Work hard, write bangers.

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?)

[Anya] It’d have to be Adriene Mishler (from YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene) – her voice soothes my soul and her yoga sessions are the absolute tits. Having her on tap for some pre and post gig pep talks is basically the dream.

[Tina] I don’t like sweet things but a six pack of canned Coca Cola is a must on every rider.

[James] A big ass tractor and twelve acres of field to drive around in.

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

Probably Jeff (aka Big Jeff). I bet a lot of people have answered that… we met Jeff when we first moved to Bristol and we’ve never known anyone so dedicated to, involved in and supportive of not just the local music scene but art in all forms. He is one of the sweetest, most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met and is a West Country treasure!

Dick from Citizen Fish

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

We’ve been here the whole time since we started er decades ago, so

playing locally means we see a lot of old friends: we’re also near

Stonehenge, Glastonbury and several other festival sites, and until I

quit drinking cider I was in cider central!! Made me what I am today

ahem…>

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

Smiley faces (bet everyone says that!) and NO-ONE holding up an iPhone?!>

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in

your music career?

On reflection, all the lyrics to Eddie +the Hot Rods single ‘Do

Anything You Wanna Do’-! [e.g. ‘I’m sure I must be someone/now I’m

gonna find out who’- great advice to a confused teenager!]

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It

can be anything! or anyone?)

a matter transporter, please! save loads of time and stress!

> 5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

Peewee [rest his jolly soul], cos he helped out a lot of bands and put

on a lot of gigs at the back of his pub

Mick from The Boot Hill All Stars!!!!

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country? It means a lot. There is always something good happening somewhere. Lots of great bands who are really down to earth lovely people. It’s rare I share the stage with bands who try and pull that rock start ego bullshit.

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd I’d like to see a seething mass of bodies all undergoing a transcendental  lifechanging experience as I rip into another awe-inspiring mandolin solo. I’d settle for not too many wandering off after the first song though.

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career? Learn to sleep in the recovery position.

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?) a comfy chair, or some febreeze for when the drummer farts.

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why? The people who come out to see local music, and in particular Jonah who turns up to our gigs. Despite being in a wheelchair he’s always dancing away down the front at our gigs. He’s our best fan!

Kris from RSVP

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

Obviously the West is the Best, right? We’re all West Country folk in RSVP, which often leaves us as outsiders on the UK Bhangra scene which is predominantly Birmingham, Midlands and London based. I think that’s given us a particularly unusual take on the Bhangra tradition – we don’t sound like anyone else, and we aren’t afraid to mash up ideas in a way that the Bhangra mafia wouldn’t dare to! Also we love a drop of decent cider.

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

Front to back, left to right, everyone in the place dancing Bhangra-style. Get ready to JUMP!

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

The legendary Bhangra producer Kuljit Bhamra OBE told us “Get to the chorus as quickly as possible, and then work out how to get back there again as quickly as possible”. Solid advice we desperately needed at the time, as were recording our 6 minute long live epics, instead of cutting to the chase!

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?)

A wish granting djinni in a  bottle, of course! No? Can we have Tuckers Grave Inn? Or The Bell ? I think that sounds reasonable, right?

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

Hmmm tricky. There’s a few legends on the O.U.T.West lineup.  Big respect to Jasper, Silas and Dick of Citizen Fish for keeping that punk flag flying. Murph from Rhythmites/RDF for all those extra tasteful guitar stylings. Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons for just being ridiculously entertaining. The O.U.T.West crew for being so darned proactive, and getting stuff done!

Otto from Otto Wilde

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

It means there’s lots of fields and forests to frolic in and the audience understand my accent.

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

People in top hat, tails and monocles waltzing in perfect circles.

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

A gentleman is a man who knows how to play an accordion but chooses not to.

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?

An accordion and an accordion shaped candle.

5) Who is your local hero / heroine and why?

The Wurzels. I just love combine harvesters.

Phil from Phil Cooper

1) Having grown up in the West Country, I’ve seen an amazing amount of musical talent hailing from this wonderful part of the UK. It’s “home” so to play here is always special.

2) I love music as a social activity, so when I look at the crowd I want to see happiness, I want to see people singing along and joining in.

3) I’m a bit of a student of the music industry, so I’ve read loads of advice. The best piece I’ve ever been given is to focus on having fun with your audience, and not on the hallowed “getting signed”. I’ve built a strong and loyal fanbase through that advice, and it’s growing all the time.

4) Just one thing? If you could arrange for Neil Finn to jam with me backstage, that would be grand.

5) Oh man, that’s difficult. I guess in terms of the DIY ethos I’mm aiming for, I always keep an eye on what Gaz Brookfield and She Makes War are doing.

Steve from Hodmadoddery

“A couple of decades ago, a revered music biz figure took me aside to offer a good bit of advice on our musical career.

But we decided to ignore it – which mean we’re still playing, and playing for you at OUTwest this year!”

Gina from The Tribe

1) What does it mean to you to live and play in the West Country?

There’s lots of trees in the south west 😉 and it’s only a short drive on the tribal bus to get to Out West Festival 🤙🏽

2) What do you want to see when you look out into the crowd

People shakin’ a leg and surfin the Tribal Wave

3) What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given in your music career?

Make music you love

4) If you could have one thing in your rider, what would it be? (It can be anything! or anyone?)

A tribal magic carpet