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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW KENT BAND HOT SMOOTHIE

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?

R – Reggie (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

B – Ben (Bassist)

J – Joe (Lead Guitarist)

G – George (Drums)

J: Ever since I was a kid, I always loved the stage. I started dancing when I was in primary, then got into singing and playing bass guitar when I was in secondary, and finally I discovered lead guitar in sixth form.

G: Without sounding cliche, the unity that music creaties, it brings people together. Also life is dull with no soundtrack.

B: I honestly don’t think I ever decided I wanted it for a career but it kind of just all fell together for me.

R: The Lord.

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

J: My name is Joe Himbury, lead guitarist for Hot Smoothie. I got a taste for some smooth jazz and hot funk, and a bit of punk…

G: George, been drumming from the age of 8.

R: Reg on vocals and rhythm.

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

J: Though I have been in multiple bands during educating, me and Hot Smoothie have only just started really.

G: Laying down the foundations for what’s yet to come. Slowly but surely.

B: Personally I don’t think I’m going to compare our progress right now, every gig and everything we do as a band is still exciting for me I’m just happy to be doing it.

R: Great

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?

J: Yes

G: Absolutely

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? 

J: Stanley Kubrich filmed the moon landing, and basically and theory from Room 237.

G: Yeah, the Earth is flat, it’s pretty obvious really.

R: Tupac is still alive.

Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?

J: Calibur and Citrus Blue are pretty talented, chill buncha lads.

G: DANCEHALL, Tom Alldritt.

B: From our area I really love the boys in The Circus Birds and the boys in the band Swallows (originally The Maywaves) who recently moved to Manchester.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

J: Put as much time, fundraising, and effort into something you believe in, be as unique as you can be and enjoy your own sound, because if you don’t enjoy it, how will anyone else?

G: Stick at it, and just get yourself out there as much as possible, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t perfect.

B: My personal advice is don’t compare your progress to everybody else’s that’s when you get stressed out that you’re not doing better.

R: Give up and join us instead.

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

G: Too much toilet roll.

B: A lot of hoodies and random music equipment I probably didn’t need and a lot of FIFA points.



What was the worst experience on stage?

J: Other than Reg’s strings breaking on stage once or playing a wrong note in a song that’s been practiced to death, we haven’t had any terrible experiences… yet.

G: When the crowd is just looking confused and disappointed.

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

G: I’ve got a gap between my big toe and second toe, which allows me to drum well.

R: I’m the opposite of George – I’ve got one webbed toe and it makes me sing badly.

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

J: Whatever you want it to be…

G: Hot steamy alt punk.

B: I’d probably say something like “bunch of dudes who make loud sounds for fun”.

R: Sexy

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

J: Attitude, not afraid to get real with what we talk about, and mixing different breeds of music, from funk to punk, to grunge to indie pop…

G: I think we have a unique voice, Reggie’s lyrics are relevant and not afraid to critique modern culture, which we don’t hear enough of.

B: I think we make music we are truly passionate about and we don’t really care about genre or style. We want every aspect of music to feel included and to be honest if we had the funds and budget we’d definitely incorporate more instruments.

R: Nothing. Nobody is truly unique no matter how hard they try.

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

J: All about the world ending, the Texans thinking they know whats best and there’s no point to wearing expensive brands…

G: It’s groovy, jazzy and punky. Check it out!

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

G: Started off with a dark chord progression around which we wrote a dark lyrical narrative. It happened fairly quickly in a rehearsal.

What was the recording process like?

G: Great, recorded live in a few takes.

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

J: For me as lead guitar, the biggest learning curve is finding a hook or a solo that matches the speed and scales of the song, whilst trying to make each part catchy to the listener.

B: I’d say luckily for us when it comes to new music we all kind of click on what we like and don’t like. Every song has come out naturally and feels genuine to us.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

B: Definitely not, any flaw we find later is unique to us cause it shows we’re changing as musicians.

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

J: Rebel against the tories, side with the oppressed, and support your local band…

R: I don’t wanna be political.

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