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CAROUSEL

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CAROUSEL WHAT HAPPENED?

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

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

Paul: Yeah erm, Paul. I’m coming from Hampton in south west London. My musical history is non-existent. 

Sam: Sam. Again from south west London. I’ve played guitar for a couple of years, just getting the hang of it

Liam: The name’s Liam, from south west London – Whitton. Ah well you know I’ve dabbled here and there, Kingston bars, and you know, the odd cheeky one in the old Dublin Castle.

Played drums for nearly 20 years

Sam: Nearly 20 years?!

Liam: Yeah I can’t believe I’m actually saying it cause I’m nearly 28. Yeah I started playing drums when I was 8 so

Paul: No way

Liam: Yeah crazy man

Paul: How can you still be so shit?

Liam: I know I’m still so crap who would’ve thought it

Charlie: I’m Charlie and I’m from Slough, and I play bass but I’ve played guitar since I was like 6 so picking up the bass was a hell of a lot easier than playing the guitar, so yeah.

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

Charlie: For me it was actually Busted. I wanted to play guitar because of Busted. I was like 6 and I liked it and I thought, I wanna play.

Sam: Busted?

Charlie: Yeah. My mum was really big into like pop music and Busted and McFly and things so

Sam: For me it was probably some Queen, because we had a Queen greatest hits. Basically it used to be in the car like a lot. We’d go up and down from Manchester, me and my whole family and we’d play CD’s. Probably some Queen or something like that.

Charlie: My dad used to listen to a lot of Queen as well, he still does.

Paul: My mum always used to play Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks

Sam: That’s a sick tune

Liam: Ah that’s nice

Sam: I love that song

Liam: A lot of soul and motown from my parents, and then obviously some very old school indie, sort of Arctic Monkeys, Kooks from my brother. So a real split down the middle. 

Paul: So that probably explains why you’re so bad at drumming

Liam: Yeah I know

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

Sam: Right between the shoe and the pavement.

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

Sam: That you’re right between the shoe and the pavement

Charlie: Nah I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks along the way. Like promotion and stuff

Sam: I haven’t really met anyone. I’ve only really met musicians and they just tell you to gig as much as you can. Like what is the industry? Because the industry isn’t accessible to anyone like us at the moment. There’s a big scene in London, it’s really like musicians knowing each other and being friends and enjoying yourselves

Charlie: Yeah it’s always about who you know rather than what you know really

Sam: Rather than industry people it’s from other musicians

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

Charlie: A studio space and unlimited money

Paul: A lottery win

Liam: Yeah a lottery win and a big fuck off pad

Sam: A Gibson SG

Paul: If we won the lottery, I’d take us to Cancun and we’d have a nice big Air BnB and do a huge collab with a rented Mariachi band

Liam: Sounds great, sounds absolutely amazing. Take me there now

Paul: Just a load of tracks with Mariachi bands

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

Charlie: I guess yes and no. I think you should be conscious about like what you say on a platform you have. You should be conscious about not intentionally trying to offend people, but at the same time people do just make mistakes. I don’t know if I’m constantly thinking about things. I think if you have your morals aligned quite well, if somebody says to you “Oh that was not okay” you could say “Oh alright, sorry that wasn’t” and learn from it. So no, I don’t think you should be scared to have things taken the wrong way, but also it is kinda scary putting yourself out there like that. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Sam: Ah do we wanna go there?

Paul: Well the earth is obviously flat

Liam: How long have we got? UFO’s are the U S of A

Charlie: Well yeah it is really. The most UFO sightings are in America

Liam: And all UFO’s get made in Area 51

Charlie: I don’t know about all of them. I think some of them are unexplainable

Liam: Look it’s just a theory isn’t it. But like I just watched a Joe Rogan podcast

Sam: Joe Rogan yeah Joe Rogan. The conspiracy that Joe Rogan is actually an alien, and is just interviewing all the people that are relevant

Paul: It’s not that he’s an alien, it’s that he’s actually a grandmother

Charlie: Do you believe that we landed on the moon the first time? I think we have been to the moon but I don’t know if it was that first time

Paul: I think if they hadn’t done it the first time then it would’ve been more impressive if they’d lied. They would’ve said they’d found more interesting shit

Charlie: You have to think that it was the 60’s. It was very easy to lie. You’re the government, you say this is true

Liam: And just put in front of their TV’s 

Sam: Do we think it was just so they could get ahead of Russia?

Charlie: Yeah exactly that’s exactly what it was

Paul: Post moon landings there’s been plenty of people learnt about how you would get a machine to the moon. So this is like a de-bunking thing I think. If you think all of the states of all the countries that are not allied to the US, they would, in post years the astrophysicists would look at the vehicle they supposedly got to the moon and debunk it. And it would be out there. But they haven’t debunked it because the technology does work. 

Liam: I’d say that we have but not in 1969.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Paul: Oh forgetting a load of lines

Sam: One time, I don’t know if this is worst. It was when I was with Liam playing with Bones

Paul: Did you shit your pants?

Sam: They decided that they should get everyone on stage. And so all these people got on stage and were loving life, and I sort of came off stage and then someone stepped on all of my shit and unplugged me, so I was just playing and I didn’t even realise I was out. There’s definitely been worse 

Liam: I was at Byline festival playing with Pie Boy, and all of a sudden my snare drum fell. The stand just sort of collapsed in my lap and then it led to my cymbal stand nearly falling over as well. I had all of my friends watching me and it was very embarrassing. 

Sam: And they thought this is the best I’ve seen Liam

Paul: That was the same gig when I turned to Ant and said “somebody’s really out of tune” and he said “yeah it’s you”.

Liam: My face absolutely sank when that snare drum just went, and there’s a clip somewhere and it’s just a classic every time.

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

Sam: I can put both my legs behind my head

Paul: I can’t put both my legs behind my head

Charlie: Yeah but will they be surprised about that?

Liam: I have a very large tongue which is just very stange. Extremely strange and very just weird and unsettling that everyone will just be freaked out right now

Paul: Go on then

Liam: (Extends tongue) It’s like Mr Lizard hello

Charlie: It’s like that guy from Kiss what’s his name?

Liam: Yeah Gene Simmons

Sam: I did not expect that

Liam: Yeah you’ve never seen that baby before, it’s crazy isn’t it

Charlie: It goes down to your chin!

Paul: It’s so pointy like the tip of a spear. Ah look at it

Liam: It’s just massive isn’t it

Paul: Ew it’s the way you retract it as well, it made a sound

What makes you stand out as a band?

Charlie: Nothing but everything all at the same time

Sam: Come and see us and find out

Paul: A willingness to fart live

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

Charlie: Well this song in particular, I think we wrote it in about an hour if that. I had a riff that we were playing and I was finding it really hard. Sam was like “Why don’t you play it like this” and then we played it over and over again. Then Paul started coming out with “These bowler hats and their business, kill your faith and your nan all the same”

Paul: Yeah Stetson hats was the original lyric but that didn’t make sense because Tories don’t wear cowboy hats. They’re cowboys but in bowler hats

Charlie: Then Sam changed it up a little bit and basically the song was written in an hour. Did you want to talk about the lyrics at all?

Paul: Yeah it’s about being robbed by Tories and everyone blaming one another

What was the recording process like?

Charlie: Liam and I took the drums and drove them on a friday night to Sam’s flat. We set it all up and went home. First thing saturday morning we just rocked up and hit record. We finished Your Faith and Your Nan on the first day. We didn’t even need to re-do the vocals either. They were the original vocals.

Sam: I thought they were re-done

Charlie: Nah they were the original takes. That was a quick one

Liam: That came quite natural with the drumming, I felt quite locked in with the metronome

Sam: The song was ready to be recorded before we got ready so 

Paul: I have vivid memories of you guys all staring in space after the tenth take. I’d be like singing and you’d all be like glazed over

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

Paul: Liam learnt how to play to a click

Liam: Yeah yeah that’s it. 20 years of drumming and I’ve just found the click

Sam: They came out quite naturally these ones there wasn’t really a learning curve. I think now after this one we’ve put out, we’re finding it that we’re gonna have a learning curve of new stuff

Charlie: I think the only really learning curve would be setting up and not getting drunk on the saturday and recording on the sunday just fine

Paul: I mean whoever got drunk was just wasting people’s time 

Charlie: In general I think the only thing we can really learn from is just setting up and get cracking as early as possible and focus on getting the drums

Paul: Not having fun is a big part of it

Sam: It is though, If you don’t have fun for like 3 hours and then you listen back like “Oh shit” 

Paul: Then me and Liam turn up and

Liam: It all goes pear shaped

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

Take a shit on your company’s time. Enjoy the sights from your window, come winter come rain or come shine. 

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