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ANIMAL X

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW ANIMAL X, WHAT HAPPENED?

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

What made you decide that music is a thing for you? 

I think when I realized playing the guitar alone in my room was just as good as having friends, if not better. Also one time when I was really little maybe five or something, I was in the shower and I was standing on the either side of the bathtub so I could reach the shower head to use it as a microphone with the water hitting me in the face, I could imagine the crowd and I kinda knew by then.

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.

On drums we have Dylan, he is a really sweet guy, very down to earth kind of person.

On Bass is Leigtham, another pretty chilled out person. I met him years ago as he was busking playing the cello outside a chemist, he was playing christmas songs and I got his number. Years later I got in contact and now we play in a band together!

What was life like for you before music?

For me personally? It was tough, I was in a lot of trouble with the police so instead of pursuing music, I joined the Australian army and was deployed overseas to Afghanistan. It took me a little longer to get back to what I really wanted to do in life which was playing music and making other people happy with songs they hopefully can relate to.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

At the very bottom! Lol. Undiscovered, unsigned, with a small but cherished following. Things are building, but it has been really tough getting off the ground. A few weeks back was our first ever gig where the crowd knew the words to ‘Love Yourself,’ and that was amazing.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Nobody out there cares about you until you have made your own success so you need to learn to hustle or you will get eaten alive and forgotten about.

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

I’m Bi Haha

I love my wife with all my heart.

I care about politics so much I can’t sleep at night (Lie) 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A well connected manager who cares about us and believes in us as artists.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Nope, people are a bit too sensitive these days and without controversy we have plain old safe and boring, without political correctness being overstepped we could not have comedy and other art forms. I’m not saying we should all go around disrespecting each other, but without pushing the boundaries we just wouldn’t have art.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

Not really. I try to keep a rational mindset, that can be difficult at times with all the crazy stuff out there with the internet and everything, but I try.

What was the worst experience on stage?

The first and only time I tried to sing and play piano live, it went really badly due to not being able to reach the microphone comfortably. It went so badly  that I had to quit halfway through the song and move on to the next. That gig was super embarrassing and now there’s a few people who never got to see me perform well and probably think I suck! Haha.

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

Dylan has no car.

Leightam has a really messy room.

Mick (Me) can paint with Oil paints.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Umm, we get a lot of comments about the raw energy when we play, and our new songs coming we think are kinda poppy and trashy at the same time, which isn’t happening a lot at the moment.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

We do! The last few months have been busy with recording new songs. We hope to wrap the album up in the coming weeks, so hopefully we have something coming out early next year.

What was the recording process like?

Tough work! Haha sometimes we have fun when things are coming together, but most of the time it’s work that we take seriously in terms of making sure we get things down with the best intent and delivery.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

Learning to make things dumb, trying to make a song accessible is really tricky.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

It’s not! Haha and never will be, we can always change things and put it back out, no rules! 

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

Only our music!

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