RGM Introducing – DR!FTWOOD

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

Hugh the lead vocalist and I met on a camping holiday at college we ended up being pushed together by the rest of the lads on the trip. We met up in the college music studio that Monday morning and we’ve never looked back!

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

None of us come from musical backgrounds, we don’t have any close family, friends, or relatives that work in music so starting out was extremely difficult as we had little to no guidance on how to go about recording and releasing music. Hugh (lead vox) had some piano and singing lessons when he was younger until he was around 14, Nathan had been in bands at school but had no formal training and I had guitar lessons for a while at high school, but I never learned how to read music so the music we write is all about feel and emotion rather than technical chord progressions. 

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

We’ve been writing a hell of a lot! Putting new demos together has been one of the only things we’ve been able to really focus on, along with fine tuning our new live set which we can’t wait to take back to the stage.

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

It’s difficult to say, we are booking in shows here and there but there’s still a nagging feeling everything could be shut down at a minute’s notice so it’s quite difficult to plan ahead. We do all feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we just can’t wait to get back to normal. 

How has 2020  effected your mental health?

It’s been a really difficult year. I know all of us in the band have had our low points during this pandemic, I personally cannot wait to get back to playing live and driving up and down the country to shows, that feeling is really what has kept us going. 

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?

We’re really excited and it’s been great booking in shows again, but like I mentioned earlier we still have this nagging doubt that everything could be cancelled almost overnight so we’re booking in shows sparingly. 

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?

That’s such a tough question there are so many unbelievably talented bands and artists knocking about but I think we’ll go with Mr. Nice Guy by Kosmonauts proper banger of a tune! 

What support is out there for new artists in Manchester ?

There are so many venues willing to give up and coming artists a chance, and from our experience as well most of the other bands and acts on the circuit are sound, we are all willing to help each other out anyway we can it’s beautiful really!

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Manchester unsigned scene?

Our good friends from our hometown Sugarstone are making waves at the minute and we are so happy to see it! Also Slap Rash are doing bits, they’ve got a really unique sound and they just dropped a track not long ago!

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

We’re always up for a laugh, we never took ourselves too seriously. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Early on we played a local community festival where they turn local shops and restaurants into music venues, we played in a small Italian place while people were eating and managed to get the whole restaurant jumping up and down with us. I believe there is footage of this somewhere on the internet. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

We played a stripped back acoustic set in London a few years ago, we thought by stripped back there would still be mic’s, speakers and the usual gear needed for a small show. There wasn’t we were just stood on stage no amps/mic’s speakers or anything trying to play over a room of people talking…it was not a great day. 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Nathan is severely allergic to pears…one pear could kill him, or so he says we reckon he just doesn’t like fruit 

Hugh’s a tough one, no one would be surprised about anything they heard he did, he’s just that kind of guy.

I actually used to ride horses when I was younger, it’s a dark part of my past. 

Best drink to have on stage?

Early on in the bands origins we would easily put away half a bottle of whisky between us pre and during a show, we have since learned that water or tea for Hugh’s vocals helps us with a more consistent performance. 

What advice would you give your younger selfs?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and believe in yourselves! 

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

We actually charted with our first single THIS CITY, but we still believe the best is yet to come. 

What makes you stand out as a band?

We’re not trying to be anything we’re not if you ever meet the three of us together, we are like 5-year-olds on a sugar high we are full of energy and love being around people, all we want to do is bring this to our music. 

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

We played two nights in Amsterdam a while ago after the show we did an interview which was filmed and safe to say is hilarious. This can still be found in the depths of the internet. For some reason every question we were asked got us laughing harder and harder. 

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

For me (Marcus) its Last Night, this track never fails to kick off a show well for us. Hugh’s favourite is FADEAWAY which is again a very high energy tune, Nathans favourite track to play live is L.I.O as gets to go a bit mental on the drums. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

4:45 is a track we’ve been waiting to release for a little while, it’s a track that outlines how dangerous it can be to have toxic people around you. It’s a very personal song that reflects our own experiences. Our attitude towards song writing has always been to be as transparent as possible and we know that a lot of people reflect the feelings expressed in these lyrics and we hope this track resonates with them. 

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

Our producer has a studio in London and as we run the band as a business, we have been able to travel to record, the main problem we faced with this release was filming a video as it was not possible to hire crew or extras at certain points during the year so we decided to do the whole thing in house between the 3 of us, and we’re really happy with how it turned out. 

What are your plans for the year ahead 

Hopefully when we feel like there is a more sustainable roadmap we’ll start adding more and more live dates, in the mean time we’ve got 12 months’ worth of demos to go through and start thinking about some more studio time! 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

We can’t wait to see you all back at shows again, thank you to everyone who supports us in what we do from Ian, Colin and Michael our management team to our close friends and family who are there for us, we really appreciate it.