Well, covid decided the fate of this album’s conception and this first release is a single from it called Tramp.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
We are Mycelium Network, my name is Brian and my daughter Wren is the other current member until I can rustle up a Bass player and Drummer to take this on the road. I recorded all the instruments myself and had Wren backing up the vocals, she also co-wrote some of the lyrics on the album.
I’ve been playing guitar since 1989. I bought Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani one Saturday and the very next Saturday I bought a guitar and never looked back, believe it or not, but I was on stage within ten months. (to say I was obsessed would be an understatement).
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
I’d love to get this project live but until this covid thing buggers off and I get some players in, I’ll just have to wait. I have been signed to Ramble on Recordings of Sheffield so I’ll definitely sort something out soon!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Conspiracy theories…… we’re in one, aren’t we?
What support is out there for new artists in Sheffield?
I think support throughout the country needs improvement for the music industry as a whole, I try to support local acts where ever possible, but things are taking a new turn (aside from the pandemic) due to lack of audiences, more and more we see venues closing so that, soon, there won’t be anywhere to play unless you’ve made it big. We need to somehow get people interested in watching local bands again. I don’t know the answer but I hope it comes soon, we have some great talent in this country and it seems we might lose it if we’re not careful, it doesn’t help that the government is cutting funding to the arts and music.
What useless part tricks/talent do you have?
I can do Spocks Vulcan hand thing!!? does that count as a party trick?
What is the most fun you have had on stage?
I play in a band called Shrine of the Monkey and we had an amazing gig in York once that topped them all, it was just one of those nights that stands out.
What was your worst experience on stage?
My worst experience was at a biker gig years ago where the drummer froze up and lost his nerve, it was a nightmare, luckily there weren’t many in. I remember once I had a singer in a band who was as blind as a bat and wouldn’t wear his glasses on stage anyway he managed to fall off the stage mid-song, the place was packed too, to be fair looking back now it was quite funny.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
You might be surprised to know that Wren was living abroad up until halfway through this project, and I’m lefthanded but play guitar right-handed and drums left-handed but on a right handed kit.
You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call?
If I was locked up and had to make one phone call, I know my wife isn’t in the band but I’d have to call her because she watches a lot of Murder She Wrote’s and would know how to get me off.
What’s your biggest achievement as a band/artist?
Having played all the instruments on this track in fact the whole album is probably one of my best achievements, and I must thank Andy Bolam at Ramble on Recordings for his dedication to what he does in that studio, amazing!
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
My daughter reckons my Rayban vary focal sunglasses set us apart from the rest. I think music is a personal preference so it’s all down to the individual as to whether or not you stand out.
Right now, what’spissing you off the most?
Nothing pisses me off really I tend to keep it cool as a rule, (if the dog next door barks it pisses me off)!
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I love playing live, I don’t have a favourite but the song is the vehicle to joy land and I love riding it !
I hear you have a new Album brewing what can you tell us about it?
As I mentioned before we have a whole new album coming later in the year called A Matter of Love or Death, there are 14 tracks on it the first single from it being Tramp. There are some outright rock songs and some ballads and some acoustic numbers too I hope I’ve created a good mix of stuff here with some humour and some dark subjects, hence the name.
What was the recording process like?
I was well-rehearsed when I went into the studio and got most of the tracks down in 3 days, I only had backing vocals and the odd solo to lay down after that so all in all it probably took about 5 days give or take, which I thought wasn’t too bad considering I played all the instruments.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The biggest learning curve for me was playing the drums, I’ve only been at it for about 4/5 years and I’ve never played in a band as a drummer.
Would you change anything now it is finished?
It’s too late now to change anything and to be honest, I’m very happy with the result.
Is there anything you would like to share with the world?
Get ready for the next album I’m already 6 songs into it and they’re doing their morphing thing as I write this. Wren keeps giving me more lyrics to work with alongside the stuff I’m writing myself and it looks to be shaping up nicely, the Christmas song ‘Naughty or Nice’ is currently being mixed which features Wren as lead vocalist, we hope to have that done in time for a Christmas release.
I hope people enjoy this project as much as I have in the making of it, but as my Father taught me you can’t please everyone, you’ve just got to do the best you can!
Thanks to RGM for this opportunity and keep rocking everyone we need music to get us through this civid thing, see you soon, all the best Brian and Wren, Mycelium Network.