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What made you decide to start the band.
For context, I have autism, ADHD and a rare bone condition called Hereditary Multiple Exostoses. I started looking for work after I graduated from college and I got quite a few interviews. But there were a lot where I could just tell that I didn’t get it because of my disabilities. I’ve had people sigh, roll their eyes and even tut at me when they realised. Sometimes you can feel the wind change direction. After a while of constant rejections, I fell into a deep depression where I couldn’t get out of bed. Zander, (Who’s also my Dad) had just got Logic on his computer and would record stuff with a friend of his. I remember my Mum coming up to my room and say ‘You can either let this beat you, or you can do something constructive and build yourself back up’. She suggested I joined my Dad which I did. We got through the first verse of recording ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ before he stopped it and was like “Taylor, you didn’t tell me you could sing!” That’s when we decided to start Not Now Norman
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
So I’m Taylor-Grace, I’m the singer. There’s Zander Brown on guitar, he’s also my Dad. We have Caitlin Gibson on bass, who just joined us a few months ago and there Duncan Brown on drums. He’s the new guy. For me, this is the first time I’ve ever been in a band. The only music experience I have is singing when no one was around. Zander has been in bands since he was 14, so when I was growing up I would often tag along to his gigs and watch him play so I guess you can say I’ve been seeing live music since the cradle. Caitlin and Duncan studied music and were in college bands before joining not Now Norman
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I can’t really think of one at the moment,
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
They’re certainly entertaining to read, but no I don’t.
What useless party trick do you have?
I’m really good at impressions, Zander can play the starting solo for Sweet Child O Mine behind his head.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Every show we’ve had has been fun in its own way, but one moment that stands out was a gig at RISE Nightclub in Newcastle. I was stalked by my ex a couple of years ago and it left me with PTSD and poor mental health, to the point where I was afraid to walk down the street by myself. Last year we released our single ‘Shut Your Mouth’, a song that I wrote to help victims feel empowered enough to tell their abusers that they don’t control them anymore. People even stick their middle fingers up at the camera in the music video. Well when we played Shut Your Mouth in our set, people were singing along and sticking their middle fingers in the air. I had to stop myself from crying during the song. It was such an amazing and heart-warming experience. It’s a moment I’ll never forget any time soon.
What was the worst experience on stage?
A couple of Christmases ago, we played at a gig in the Scottish borders. This guy asked me to play Ed Sheeran and I tried to explain why I couldn’t do that. I hadn’t even heard of the song, but he kept insisting. Anyways we got through a quarter of our set and in between songs he kept saying ‘my song next!’ Eventually, he taps me on the shoulder whilst we’re on stage and starts screaming at me. Zander got in between us and told him to talk to the bar staff if he had a problem. The guy was asked to leave the venue but I remember seeing him a couple of times in the crowd after that.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I find that question a difficult one to answer because we’re not the listeners, we are in the band. It’s a bit like comparing your sound to someone else. I don’t know what we sound like to us, I just know what we sound like to other people because that’s what we’ve been told. I suppose what makes us stand out the most is our lyrics. A lot of people have mentioned how blunt and direct they can be and I think a lot of that is to do with being on the spectrum
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
A lot of things, to be honest, we like to call it inspiration. If it angers us in some way, chances are we’ll write a song about it. Our new single is about the world in crisis, and governments are just sitting on their butts and pretending it’s not happening. We only have one planet and we’re letting it burn to a crisp. Even if you don’t believe in global warming, why would you want to live in filth? It makes no sense to me
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
For me personally, it’s Shut Your Mouth because every time we play it I feel like I’m fighting back against something that still affects me every day. But for the rest of the band, it’s End of the Day. The song is so energetic, they get to go crazy together whereas the other songs are a bit more coordinated in some way.
I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?
Yes we are, it’s called Save Me and it’s about the world burning to a crisp. Originally it was inspired by the Australian wild fires, we sat on it for a while and then the COP26 conference came up on the news. That’s when we thought ‘now is the time’. I say this about a lot of our releases but this is something that we haven’t done before. Instead of anger and sassiness, we wanted something that was full of anger and sorrow. We tried to make it feel like the planet was begging for change, while also gave a glimpse of the fiery future.
What was the recording process like?
I’ll be honest, it was a little difficult this time. There were many times where something would go wrong. But with the help of Ally Lee (our producer), Lara Hindhaugh (our former bassist) and Michael Brennan (our guest drummer), eventually everything fell into place.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’re set to be releasing our album on the 19th of November 2022, with a UK tour on the way. This is very exciting for us because this is the album we were working on for a while, but because of the pandemic we had to release an EP instead. We’re also announced for festivals such as Lindisfarne 2022, we’re looking forward to what the rest of the year brings
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Just to support smaller and independent artists where they can. We really l appreciate all the support