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DUDE SAFARI

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DUDE SAFARI, WHAT HAPPENED?

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

Jamie – I’ve had a thing for music since a young age, but it was mainly as a listener. It wasn’t until I was old enough to go to shows at the local band night that I got the itch of wanting to play. I was probably around 15/16? I then proceeded to torture my mum’s ears for the remainder of living with her with an amplifier way too big for a 2-bed terraced house.

Fred – My old man was always playing records and tapes and it got me interested in various types of music early on. As I got older I was always on the hunt for new and different types of music and I was very
easily influenced by people around me. Still to this day, I try to discover a new band or artist as often as I can.

Chris – From a very young age I was alway drawn to the drums. Listening to my favorite bands, all I could hear was the drums. My school never had a drum program/lessons, so I had to settle for the trumpet. I did 3 weeks and thought this ain’t for me. I quit that and saved up as much pocket money as I could and bought a drum kit.

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

Jamie – I play lead guitar and sing words up front, before Dude Safari I played solo
for years around England and Europe under the moniker Second Hand Poet, I did the same in a Garage-Rock band (with Fred).

Fred – I play bass and throw in the odd backing vocal here and there. I have a very limited vocal range and if I try to go out of it then it can make puppies and small birds throw up.

Chris – I’m Chris…the man, the myth, the legend. I also play the drums for Dude Safari. I’ve played in various bands over the years. From an Oasis tribute band to a ‘kick you in the teeth’ punk band and everything in-between. I met Ben in one of these bands and we’ve been making music together ever since.

What was life like for you before music?

Jamie – Music has always run alongside my life, unless you’re factoring in being a baby boy (My nickname). Music continues to entangle itself with me. I have my musical life, which is fun, exciting, and sometimes has its downers. With my best people. Then I have my day to day life which is also fun, exciting, sometimes with downers with my best people. You just have to merge them together the best you can. If you can’t, that’s when you choose one over the other. I’ve always just lived with both. Like a conjoined twin.

Fred – Music always played a part in my life since I can remember but the appreciation
and desire to make music only came later on in my life around my mid teens. Before I picked up a guitar my life was pretty much having to attend a pentecostal/ evangelical church 2 -3 times a week and I was very obsessed with watching and playing cricket and football. Music certainly saved me and broadened my horizons.

Chris – It was mostly just hanging out with my mates at school or in the park trying to figure out what we wanted to do next, we were just a bunch of dreamers back then. The good old days.

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

Jamie – Gosh, I can barely remember what I was listening to this week. Something by Muse or HIM. I had a very random taste. Still do.

Fred – I think it was “Parallel Universe” By The Chili Peppers

Chris – I Remember hanging out with my mates, skateboarding around and my friend gave me Blink 182’s album Dude Ranch and the first song ‘Pathetic’ hit me hard. I was hooked after that.

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

Jamie – Hmm, I don’t think we sit within the music industry. We have these little murmurs of enlightenment, and a little creak in the door opens. Then it slams shut with three of my fingers still in it. In all seriousness, we’d love to awkwardly hang out around the reception area, have a few free coffees and have a chat with security.

Fred – I think pretty much what Jamie said. We are outside in the grassy park looking through the glass walls of the Capitol Records building.

Chris – I don’t know what Jamie and Fred are talking about!? As far as I see it we are at the very top, the tippy top if you will.
So far up we are…. ‘high in the clouds’
Wink wink!

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Jamie – Most artists are truly happy when the cards are in their favor. Always pavement the way from your own feet. You can put those on motivational posters in offices if you want. No charge. Until I get sued.

Fred – You have to work really hard and though it may look like it, your work and art is only partially yours.

Chris – People will offer you the world but most people are just after their cut.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Jamie – I’ve been Vegan for 10 years, I love animals and I occasionally hunt elk.

Fred – I’ve survived cancer 4 times. I am missing a testicle, a kidney, and a gallbladder. I hunt elk with Jamie on the weekends, except I like to use a spear.
Jamie uses a slingshot.

Chris – I have my bandmates’ names tattooed on my arse. I am not a vegan.I have never had a drum lesson.

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

Jamie – Time, money. Possibly having an array of music venues within a close proximity. Ah that’s three.

Fred – Money

Chris – My own personal assistant. Mainly to get me a coffee at a moment’s notice.

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

Jamie – No not really. I understand cancel culture. I agree with some of it but I also
disagree with some of it. I’m not worried about it though. Some people should be ctrl – alt – deleted. It’s relative to the instance.

Fred – I guess there is that worry that something seemingly innocent and with good intent could be taken the wrong way from another perspective but I think at the end of the day most people are fairly blessed with common sense and can tell the difference between malice and organic opinion.

Chris – I do worry a bit. Everyone likes to have a laugh but you’ll never know when something could be taken out of context and used against you.

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

Jamie – I used to watch a right bunch of visual filth regarding conspiracy theories. Not out of believing, just going down the Youtube rabbit hole with a bowl of soggy nesquik in front of me. I do like the Bob Lazar stuff though, Ben got me into him. I also wish Nessie was real. Nessiequik.

Fred – I don’t really sign up to any theories as such but I like reading about them and sometimes coming across some really wack ones and having a good laugh asbout it.

Chris – I love a good conspiracy theory. Not that I believe most of them, but they’re so
fascinating to me. Some make me laugh and some make me think. I’m always on the hunt for the next big conspiracy.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Jamie – Of all time? or in Dude Safari? Of all time was when I got electrocuted in Belgium. In Dude Safari it’s mainly when I can’t hear myself. It just bugs me. Trying to sing in tune when you can’t hear yourself. Or what you can hear, it’s impossible to sing to. It really eats me up. It ruins the moment. You can probably tell. I’d rather be electrocuted.

Fred – Well it wasn’t a bad experience for us but at our last gig at The Queens Head
in Farnham. We were about 3 songs into our set and there was this guy standing right in front of Ben and he was shaking his head quite fast from side to side with the music and after about a minute of doing this he opened his eyes and had lost his bearings cos he just fell face first into Bens amp, almost taking Ben out in the process. He was ok but it was quite funny watching the whole thing unfold.

Chris – If you’ve watched our documentary ‘Dude Safari – Looks Like Made It’ (YouTube) you’d know that the last gig of our tour I had an issue with my drum kit mid-set, and I was not happy about it.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

Jamie – I can’t burp.

Fred – On the contrary to Jamie, I can burp really loudly. You could say I play bass from the gut.

Chris – I’m single!… I know right?… What’s that about?

What makes you stand out as a band?

Jamie – OUR CATCHY BLOODY SONGS.
Another nickname of mine is (Captain Hook).

Fred – I reckon it’s our dark but colorful persona. And our songs of course.

Chris – I believe it’s the fact that when the 4 of us are in a room together, that room is either filled with laughter or great music.

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

Jamie – High In The Clouds is out, it’s our first new music since our debut record YUSSUS that came out last year which is still available on all streaming platforms and limited edition USB drive. Sorry I’m under contract to repeat those lines when talking about our debut record YUSSUS that came out last year which is still available on all streaming platforms and limited edition USB drives.

High In The Clouds is a dreamy heavy hitting anthem that’s lyrically about dreaming. How we use dreaming to reminisce about past life matters. How we enter our biggest fears and phobias using it. How it can create a world to escape into from our day to day. You know the usual stuff.

Fred – I can’t really answer it better than Jamie just did. What I will say is it stands apart from our previous songs due to its slightly slower feel and dreamy vocals.

Chris – if you are a fan of what we do, then you are in for a treat this year…. watch this space.

What was the recording process like?

Jamie – We tracked the drums with Jake Day (who mixes and masters all our work)

He’s great, a lot of the Dude Safari sound from day one is owed to how good he is at forging sound. We then layer all the parts back over the newly recorded drums. We do this at home. It works logistically and gives us a lot of freedom. We use plugins to replicate our amps. Usually JCM800’s or Plexi’s. I then record vocals and annoy my neighbors. They’ve been known in the past to bang on the ceiling. I know it’s a hot take if I feel the floor moving. And it’s not the mushrooms. We then usually get together and add any last bits, synth, extra BVS. We sometimes get a bit drunk, we’ll add too much garbage and have to skim off the fat the morning after.

Fred – Yes it was a little bit back and forth in the beginning between us because of timings and clicks but then it molded really nicely into something creamy. I enjoyed adding a slightly more groovy bassline in the verses and I’m really happy with the crunch and tone on it too. I also like that bit at the end that Jamie mentioned where we get together at the end, have a few bevies and try different ideas and random stuff which mostly gets trimmed out the next day but it’s still fun doing it.

Chris – basically I get kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location where Jake Day
locks me in a room to record the drums. It sounds bad, but I love it.

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

Jamie – Erm, to be honest because our first record seemed to work with what we wanted to achieve ie, playlisting, radio, reaction. I didn’t feel we needed to talk about what these next bunch were going to try and say, If that makes sense? A few of these tracks were finished prior to YUSSUS coming out so it almost feels like an extension of the first writing session. I love writing Dude Safari songs so that helps.

Fred – I would have to say trying to stick to a certain order of doing things doesn’t always work and each song deserves its own order and way of molding it.
Chris – The drums get recorded first so I have to make damn sure I know what the final outcome of the song is going to be. There are no do overs.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nope, I initially had some ideas over the final outro. But I scrapped them. I guess we could always add them for the album version. Okay so maybe we could change that.

Fred – I am quite pleased with how it sounds. I don’t think I would change anything about it.

Chris – Nope. It’s perfect.

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

Chris – The brain named itself.

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