Hiya, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I was 26. I’d finally escaped a strict religious group I was raised in. I wasn’t really allowed to pursue a music career but it’s all I wanted to do. I’d been playing guitar since the age of 13 and dreamed of being a guitarist in a band like Radiohead but my friendship group didn’t share the same aspirations. One of the first things I did when I left for good was put together my first original band. That was 10 years ago now, collaborators have come and gone but I’m still at it.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Just me, Nathan Till, I am the band. I play most instruments on the record with help on drums from a couple of friends and some of the bass lines were performed by my friend Andrea Gobbi. He plays on tracks where the bass really goes for it like on R U Ok? He did an amazing job on that track. And a guitarist named John Miles plays on that track too. He’s a naturally gifted lead player. Listen to the solo at the end of that track. Very Nick McCabe.
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
I’m originally from Wolverhampton but moved to Manchester about 7 years ago. Had a lot of fun there for a few years then bought a house in High Peak with my partner.
I’m pretty laid back nowadays. You’ll find me rambling in the Peak district. Restoring an old house, eating out and propping up the bar of my local. THe pace of the countryside suits me a lot better than city life. But i still have Manc just down the road if i wanna dip my toe in to a gig or a night out.
How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?
The industry deserves the support that other industries have been given. It’s a tough situation to balance. On one side mass loss of life on the other side mass job loss. I don’t know how we can all traverse that unharmed.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
My craftsmanship. My aim is that the next song I write is the best thing I’ve ever done. I want to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
I do a good impression of one of the Skeksis puppets in Dark Crystal, what’s his name… can’t remember. The one that goes ‘uuhhhmmmmm’ all the time.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
First gig I ever played at my school. I played drums then. We played Song2 and the kids went crazy. Never felt so good in my life. I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
What was the worst experience on stage?
The room emptying completely when I got on stage. Then being electrocuted by the mic.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I work as a freelance data engineer. Currently working for the NHS helping develop better ways of reporting Covid figures. It pays well and gives me flexibility to write, record and tour when I need to.
Best drink to have on stage?
A bottle of wine. But prob not the best for the performance.
Who is the biggest named band you have played with?
I supported School of Seven Bells and Chapel Club once. Both gone now I think.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
I played in the House of Commons once for some kind of govt initiative where they were supporting grassroot venues and unsigned acts. Fergal Sharkey was there and some contestant from X Factor. Never let 4 working class guys from Wolverhampton loose on a free buffet of parliament wine. Chaos ensued. We were chanting ‘burn the Tories’ from the balcony and my mate called the MP a cunt.
What goes into your favourite sandwich?
Bacon, fried egg and ketchup between thick white bread. A surefire classic.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Keep going. No matter what level you’re at. Keep going. If you love it you’ll need it in your life.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
The songs and our musicianship. I’m not one to prance like a tit on stage. I’d prefer the music do the talking rather than my theatrics. The musicians I work with when I play live are all top notch session players.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂
Donald Trump. I really hope American voters do the world a favour and vote that clown out of office. I’m sick of hearing the bilge that issues forth from of his mouth.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh?
I went walking with some pals a few weeks ago. We stuffed some bottles of beer in our pockets and drank them while we walked to a pub an hour away. Felt like teenagers again. Spent all day in the local pubs. Near the end I was arguing quite loudly with my mate that he had not experienced an afterlife he was just high on LSD. Much to the dismay of a group of women with a young child. They told us to keep it down and she called me a ‘pottymouth’. Probably was a bit worse for wear tbh.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
R U Ok? It’s a guitar funhouse. There’s a lot of energy and intricacy about the song. It’s a chance for the band to shine and ‘rock out’. The audience always respond well to that song and tell me after it was their favourite.
Tell me about your new album and how it came about?
Over past few years I’ve been plugging away under different projects. Band members kept coming and going until basically there was just me left. I changed the name from ghosts of social networks to Peak Low as it sounds more like a solo artist name and curated all the best songs I’d written. It’s all recorded at Magic Garden in Wolves with Gavin Monaghan. Who is a great mentor and astounding talent to have recording your work.
I realised a lot of the songs documented my mental health and attitude while I learned to adapt to the outside world. Hence the name ‘Transition’.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Put your phones away. At concerts. At a beauty spot. When you visit loved ones. We are too distracted in this time when our future is in the balance.
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.