RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE BAND SANDRA’S WEDDING
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Burnt my hand. Thanks for having us.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Lime-Wired versions of Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and a CD of 70s number 1s which had Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes on it.The standard.
Introduce us to you all and your musical history.
There’s myself, Joe Hodgson (Vocals and acoustic guitar), Jonny Hughes (lead guitar), Corey Jones (Bass guitar) and Luke Harrison (Drums). We’re all from relatively near-by to one and other, Jonny came in by another route but we’re small-town, really. Round here it’s a case of just getting in any musician with a pulse.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
I think the main thing is remembering why you started in the first place. The initial excitement and feeling like you have something to say. I can’t remember any of that so every day now feels like a long, arduous challenge.
How have your song writing skills developed over time?
It’s definitely just volume and exposure. You have to take that first jump of releasing stuff and see what the feedback is. Keep writing and honing your style and it’s like anything, it gets easier. The best songs are simple and there’s definitely a moment where it hits you that the more you overcomplicate something the worse it is. Just keep it to four chords, a nice hook and interesting lyrics.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
Shouldn’t be happening anywhere. People need to feel confident calling it out.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Absolutely no tips, it’s the worst thing about being in a band. Navigating the hellscape of people offering you services for X amount of cash, people promising X amount of streams for X amount of retweets and mentions. When you get down into it you quickly start to question how an entire industry is currently being run by generally talentless and unsavoury people who suck money and dignity from artists and creatives in order to maintain this machine of nothingness. The more fans you can generate organically the better so there’s a direct link between your music and someone who enjoys it. Whenever anyone promises you the earth for a certain amount of money up front, they don’t care about you or your music, that’s grifting.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I don’t think the vast majority people care at all. That’s understandable, I feel like if you’re a musician, involved in the industry, or an idealistic music fan then you’ve got skin in the game but for the majority of people, it’s painfully easy. It’s easy and there’s no visible victim of the system so it’s out of sight, out of mind. Imagine a similar platform where EVERY film ever made was available at one click… It wouldn’t ever happen because the film industry wouldn’t allow it. There’s a new series about Spotify’s inception on Netflix which is quite interesting insofar as the angle is that the developers just saw it as a legal answer to Pirate Bay. If that’s true then that says it all, really. The cat is out of the bag now with free music, though. There’s no way you can go back to a world pre-Spotify. It’s done. It’s a great tool for getting people introduced to your music but the worst moments are when people walk up to you and say, “I love your band, we listen all the time!” “Ah great, do you want to buy a record.” “No, I’m alright.” It’s a bizarre scenario.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
550 million quid’s worth of useless P.P.E. Managed to claim it back, though. Phew.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I think any gig where you feel like the sound is off. Or you’re not in the right head space. They’re always a slog. And when I shit myself.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think the fact that we release music quite regularly and we try and mix it up. I don’t think anyone could accuse us of being a one-trick pony.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
We do, it’s a single called One Horse Town, it came out on December 9th.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
I would normally write it on acoustic, arrange it roughly and get a grasp on a lyric and then take it to the others. We break it in and play it a few times and see what works and what doesn’t. Then polish it up and try it live, or record it and see if it works. The lyrics are always being worked on throughout that process.
What was the recording process like?
Enjoyable, it’s great working with Jonny Hooker (Young Thugs, York) who we’ve done our last few releases. Great vibe.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
You’re never happy in this world. You’ll never feel like you’ve done enough.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nothing and everything
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?