RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTIST MARC BIRD
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve always loved music and recorded it from a very early age on my Talkboy recorder. I couldn’t live without listening to, writing, and recording music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m originally from Sunderland and have played in lots of bands in the North East of England over the years, including France and The Habsburgs and Yellow Creatures. I’ve recently moved to West Yorkshire where I’m focusing on my solo writing and recording. I’m also starting to gig with my band.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I don’t get interviewed too often, to be honest. But I hate getting asked about what bands I hate. It’s just not nice or constructive. If you hate it, just leave it alone for someone else to love.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
It’s a great idea!!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
All I’ll say is… the truth is out there!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Far too much cycling gear which I’ll never wear when I’m out on my tiny folding bike.
What useless party trick do you have?
Flicking a beer mat off the end of the table and catching it. Useless, but endlessly entertaining.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Playing the BBC 6 music festival with my band Yellow Creatures was great. Mark Riley was in the front row, however, which nearly made me forget half of my guitar lines.
What was the worst experience on stage?
At one really early gig in my teens, there weren’t enough sockets for both my guitar and my synth. Whilst unplugging one plug to put in the other, I accidentally pulled the plug on the whole PA and a bandit. Consequently, we got kicked off stage after playing only around 2 songs. Pretty unfair if you ask me. Get some flipping sockets!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I hate meringues. You may not believe me, but it’s true.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Folk from a forgotten planet.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I would love to say my lyrics and my vocals, as well as my guitar sound and song structures. I always try to be as honest and creative as possible to try to create something new.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Temporary traffic lights. Everywhere.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I really enjoy playing my song moon puddles. My band and I have got in the habit of playing it super quiet from the beginning. By the end, it sounds huge!
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
I have a new single out called Mother Mother.
Mother Mother is part autobiographical and partly based on the true story of the flooding of the towns of Measand and Mardale Green, when a dam was built to create Haweswater Reservoir in the Lake District in 1929. It’s taken from an EP called parting which I’ll be self-releasing later this year.
Talk me through the thought process of the single.
My current workflow is basically writing a song, structure, and lyrics using acoustic guitar, then playing it over and over again to draft and re-draft. I then record a demo to map out other ideas and flesh the songs out. Some of the demo parts end up in the final recording. I record all the instruments I can myself. But sometimes send the songs to a drummer, sax or strings player for example to add the instruments I can’t play, So the whole process starts with me, but then by the end can become quite collaborative.
What was the recording process like?
Hard, long, and sometimes arduous. But always rewarding in the end. The recording process that is.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album/ep? NEVER RUSH. If something does not sit right, it probably isn’t. Rerecord bits or play with them until you’re happy you could listen in ten years’ time and not regret anything.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
For the reasons above, no.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
New EP called Parting out this year. I then have another couple of albums worth of songs I’m demoing and planning to record soon. Plus getting out on the road at last!