RGM Introducing – Mammoth

What made you decide to start the band ?

We had all played together in various different projects in the past. Arthur, Tim and I (Harry) had been in this crazy jazz-punk band that toured all over the world for years, so we had played together for a long time and we knew we got along really well. Arthur and I had played in George’s band Thidius, which was this underground dreamy pop band which had an amazing kind of cult following around South East London, and when that stopped Arthur, George and I started playing in an electronic trio which was an early incarnation of Mammoth. We felt it was missing some texture and so we brought Tim on board.

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

So we are Harry, Tim, George and Arthur. The very abbreviated version, is that we’re all freelance musicians in London. We’ve always played original music with each other, and also done lots of session work for other artists across the board. This band is the natural progression of all our influences.

How positive are you feeling now restrictions are loosening?

We’re feeling more and more positive as things go on. Now that they’ve been able to fill Wembley with people for the Euros it feels like just a matter of time before we can pack venues out again. I think people are really hungry for live music.

How much are you looking forward to playing live?

We genuinely can’t wait. Starting this project just before lockdown meant that all the playing we’ve done with this lineup has all been in the studio, which we love but playing live is really where we’ve always been aiming. It’s going to be so joyful when we get back to doing what we love.

Whats your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

I really love “A Beginning” by Matters Unknown. Jonny is a dear friend of ours and it’s amazing to hear what he’s doing with his solo project.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Epstein didn’t kill himself. 

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

George has this unbelievable ability to source you pretty much anything for about fifty quid. I’ve come back from nights out to find a new oven in the studio, or ten bags of cement sitting in the hallway, or a crate of champagne on the kitchen table. I’ve learn not to ask.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

God i’m going to really struggle with this, there’s been so many. Playing Tokyo jazz festival was a real highlight, the planning was meticulous and we could just focus on playing as well as we could, and the audience were amazing.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I remember once in Shanghai, we were playing and we called to the sound engineer to change something in the monitors, and heard nothing back. Eventually the lights in the club came up, and the sound engineer, whose name was, inexplicably, “Double-Six” was just slumped face first on the mixing desk. I was convinced he was dead, but it turned out he was just very very soundly asleep. 

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

Arthur is VERY particular about his bedtime and if he’s kept up for any reason he’ll get very irate. George hasn’t bought an item of clothing in around a decade, but somehow still had three wardrobes full of outfits. There’s a sign hung up at his house at parties that states “no responsibility will be taken for lost or stolen items”, and i have a feeling that if you discard a garment there then it’s gone forever. Tim claims to be allergic to nuts, but I happen to know he’s eaten things with nuts in them over the past few years and been fine. Why is he lying to us? who knows, but there’s been a band pool to see who gets to stab him with the Epipen in the unlikely event of some nut fury. He asked me to say that he used to eat ladybirds as a kid, but I needed to get the nut thing into the world. People need to know. I have a tattoo an ex girlfriend gave me that means you will never see me wearing shorts in public. Thats all you’re getting on that one.

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

I’ve found out backstage through multiple experiments that if you pick Tim up while he sleeps by his belt, he’ll fold into himself like a door hinge without waking up. I’ve wheeled him through an airport on his suitcase sleeping on his shoulders and legs in the past.

If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them? 

Well to be honest i’d probably first have to describe the fact that humans take pleasure in hearing different frequencies played in different orders by different man made contraptions. Once we’d covered the basics of pitch, timbre and pulse, I reckon describing a genre bending electronic jazz group would probably be really easy.

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

God, up until about a year ago I have a suspicion it was probably me. I used to be a bit of a liability, which is why I don’t drink anymore. I probably shouldn’t elaborate.

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun) 

George. Or me. Nah its me.

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didnt commit? Which member would you call first? 

Tim. He’s got a nice car which after some emotional blackmail i’m sure he could put down as collateral for bail. Arthur 100% wouldn’t believe I was innocent. I wouldn’t call George, as chances are he’s committed the crime i’ve been locked up for.

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

Bowie, Bonham, Bill Withers and Thundercat.

Whats your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?

Probably just keeping our shit together and getting an EP together across lockdown to be honest. It was a real challenge to make a coherent piece of art while we couldn’t really see each other. We were really lucky that I was living next door to George at the time and we were part of a bubble so we could track everything together. 

What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?

I think our mix of influences and playing styles, mixed with the fact we write, play and engineer everything ourselves. Theres definitely some things that we might be doing wrong, but it makes it sound like us.

Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus )

I feel like I should say something deep and meaningful, but honestly, its sugar. Theres fucking sugar in everything, and its addictive as anything. I’ve given up alcohol, drugs, and smoking, but I’m a sucker for a stick of fruitellas. 

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

I can’t wait to play Mammoth live, it’s really heavy and loud, and there’s a huge drum solo at the end. It’s going to be such a release when we finally get to play it to people.

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

It’s probably more dance music orientated than any of the others. Theres lots of synths, electronic drums, and it’s also very short, for us. We kept cutting it down until it was just the good stuff left!

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

We’re just going to get gigging. Once that’s underway we’re going to start writing the album. I’ve got some early grooves together, and once we have a minute we’re going to get in the studio and start again.