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?

My Father was into music big time and had Woodstock the movie, I remember watching it and falling in love with everything counter-culture, I also remember the Vertigo record swirl on the Black Sabbath Vinyl, I Think that hypnotised me as a kid, then bands like Nirvana came along in the early 90’s and I though this is what I want to do.

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

Wayne Morgan – Vocals/Guitar

Josh Collier – Guitar

Anthony Hicks – Drums 

Wub Wainwright – Bass

Name me your 3 favourite Albums.

Neil Young – Harvest

The Doors –The Doors

Led Zeppelin – III

I wish I could choose more than 3 there are so many albums I believe stand the test of time,

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

Joe Cocker – With a little help from my friends

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

I could go on here about how hard it is, how many times you get completely ignored but we love it, we love music and people that’s why we do it, it’s just like any business really, you have to use the rejection to make you stronger and appreciate the support when you get it. We feel we are doing great and will stick to it.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help? 

I hate this, It’s disgusting and has no place in The Secret Faces shows or anywhere else, Women should feel safe, I wish I had the answers but there will always be bad people about, if there is anything we can do we will. 

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips? 

It’s always about hard work, It’s 10% talent 40 % hard work and the rest is luck, everything changes so often these days it’s hard to keep up, the positive is it’s also never been so easy to get music out there, you just have to do your research, reach out to people you know in the industry and learn to play the social media game. If you can’t do that try and find someone that can. The music business these days doesn’t seem to be about good gigs and albums it’s about algorithms and marketing.

What’s your thought on Spotify monopoly on the music industry?

I understand all the hype and hate for it but I try not to think about it too much, you have two options use it or don’t. It’s not going anywhere!

Should they pay artists a fair amount for streaming? Of course, they should.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Sorry to sit on the fence here but every band has a bad show, we still love them all.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We never follow a genre or a fashion, we just try and write great songs and put on great live shows, I don’t think you can really compare us to another band and when people do it’s always different.

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

Yes, Down by the river is coming out , It’s a little different from anything on the last album , It’s a song about a strange dream ,waking up thinking it was real and it plays on your mind . We are really looking forward to this one. We will also follow this up with the Single EVERYWHERE soon

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s. 

I’m always writing new music at home mostly on an acoustic guitar, this is what I love the most, it could be from a personal feeling, an observation, people watching and so on it’s a good way to get things out, Then we take them to the rehearsal room and the band work their magic, Then in the studio as soon as, We try do everything fast to keep the energy and emotion, whenever we take weeks to finish a track it kind of loses something.

What was the recording process like? 

We love the studio, we work with Jon Constantine who owns Leeders Vale with Nick Brine,

We love working with Jon because he understands we like to keep things as close to the live performance as possible. Nothing is overproduced and there are no massive overdubs. Again we try to move as fast as possible.

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

Don’t overthink things too much, and try not to overplay things, all the band play for the song rather than throwing riffs of drums fills in for the sake of it.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Yes, I always think there is room for improvement in everything, after every live show or recording we look at what we do well and what could do better.

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

The Secret Faces are booking live shows for 2023 as we speak so if you’d like to see us in a town near you get in touch or come and see us at Lakefest 2023.