RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BARNSLEY LAD BILLY SANDERS
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 what helped me discover music was a calling for me, was my experience with a neighbour called Terry when I was only a young lad. Terry would sing and play his own music on an old varnish piano in the town center. Buskers of today have never seen such a class. His wife, unfortunately, fell with dementia very early in my early days of knowing her. But she would still consist to come around to my house and tell me to come to watch him practice in the attic. This would spark an idea that wasn’t even in turning many years later for me.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I started learning guitar when I was 11. The self-enjoyment has always helped me keep independent and I’m confident it’ll never leave me. At 23 years old now, I’m very grateful I found it early on as I’ve learned through life I’ve had so far, you always need something in your day-to-day that keeps you expressively and mentally HAPPY.
Although the plan wasn’t to start playing live gigs. I was a shy kid who enjoyed learning his favorite covers from influences like my early Rolling Stones, Beatles, and King Of Leon. But it wasnt until I had my first free house as my parents had gone on holiday. They said I could stay at home by myself. I had a few house parties during this period which led to me playing the guitar in the kitchen at daft hours in the morning with friends proudly singing along.
From this, my friends pushed me to sign up for my first gig at a little festival on the Wombwell high street. Everyone I knew was there. It was the best experience of my life to feel that much appreciation from other people for something I created myself.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“What genre are you?”
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes, music is for everyone so why not start sharing it with the world!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Too many to mention
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Endless amounts of gin and pizza
What useless party trick do you have?
I play the guitar
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Interacting with an intoxicated crowd of punters is somewhat of an element to experience.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Snapped 3 strings on three guitars in one sit-in. This lead to me leaving the gig early and later that night I received a call, I was banned from playing there ever again.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I have a Clifford tattoo.
If you had to describe your music to an alien, how would you describe it?
I would just tell them, that it’s out of this world.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
You can’t put a label on my shit, I am my own vibe.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
What’s pissing me off the most at the minute is not living in Barcelona.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why
My brand new song Spectemur Agenda because it’s a belter.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
The new song is all in honour of my old mate Lewis Folwer who sadly isn’t with us anymore. It’s about waking up and living your best idea of a happy life. To make up for the people who deserve to be here, and to stop caring about other people’s judgment. Hence the title translated as “Spectemur Agendo” (May they judge us by our acts.”)
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
It was a process of two years spent literally playing it to myself until it was right. It became an unhealthy habit to the point where I gave the song up, and regathered it months later. Completely surprised myself later on cos I thought it was dead and gone on the creative side for me.
What was the recording process like?
On the recording side of things. I got a steady job with a gas company in a warehouse, which helped me build the funds for a Mac book to operate on GarageBand. because the phone is way too small to function on. I heard this is how loads of new artists were doing it these days such as (Steve Lacey). And I love the idea of making a project into such a massive all from where ever you are. It adds inspiration to me. The writing of the song was over put together over a rough couple of year period where I was on and off with inspiration for most things. For the outcome to be what it is now, it truly became everything I could have hoped for it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The biggest learning curve I’ve taken from this single is to be as unique as possible. Use things that connect to you in other ways. If it feels right then you won’t be going far wrong.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I think any songwriter/musician will admit it. There’s always something your going want to change on an end product eventually.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plan for this year is to find as many self-promoting gigs as possible. For starters I’m at The Leadmill on 21st October supporting The Outcharms from Rotherham, tickets are on sale via my socials. Should be a mint night for a comeback to the stage.