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THE GRUNGE FATHER

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE GRUNGE FATHER WHAT HAPPENED?

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?

Music has always been a part of my life from an early age. I don’t think I ever decided music was a thing for me it just naturally happened.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I took piano and violin lessons when I was in primary school and although I did enjoy aspects of both instruments it wasn’t until I started drums at 12 where I really found my passion. I practiced every day and formed a band playing my first gig at age 13. I then started to learn guitar at age 14 writing my own material soon after that.

What was life like for you before music?

I was always listening to music before I started to play an instrument so there has never been a time where music has not been a major part of my life. 

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

I remember there was a cassette tape lying around the house and on one side was Nirvana – Nevermind and the other was a mix of bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. The tape instantly hooked me and I had it on repeat constantly. The obsession kicked in and has never really left for over 30 years.

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

I have really strong opinions about the music industry and how artists are treated which I will not get into but for me personally I play and write the music which I enjoy and have done for over 30 years. I have never followed trends and will just keep playing what I like. I don’t care where I sit it’s all about the music.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I love Grunge, I love Drums, I am female.

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

A Honest and fair record label which believes in the music.

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

Oh yeah absolutely. There are some people which will always take things differently from how you intended. That Is just down to their education or lack of and personal experiences. I think if you try to get a message across the best you can the rest is out of your control so you can’t worry about it too much. The worrying thing is online where you have the entire world’s opinion clashing and where people feel they need to comment on everything they disagree with. It’s just not good for anyone.

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

If something can’t be explained in depth or I don’t understand it after extensive research I normally keep asking questions until I can start to make sense of it. Until then call it what you will but I think its healthy to leave it open for more discussion and what could be possible rather agreeing because you don’t know. It’s OK to be different, it’s OK to ask questions, its OK to be open and to not take things as set in stone even if everyone else is. Really just use common sense.

What was the worst experience on stage?

When I was in my first band playing drums the support bands drummer had left his cymbals on for me to use for a quick change over. A couple of songs in, he came onto the stage and started taking the cymbals off as I was playing as he had to get the bus. I had to keep on playing with just toms and the snare. Let’s just say it was an interesting sound after that.

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

Well it’s just me in the band I and can’t think of anything that surprises me about myself but I will keep thinking. Lol.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

I have released music before but really wanted to challenge myself and dive into an acoustic album as there is no where to hide there. I plan to release many more albums each with its own twist and theme. 

How do you go about writing all the individual parts of your songs?

It really varies from song to song. As drums is my first instrument I write a lot of material around a drum beat or arrangement but for this acoustic album it was more guitar/vocals first then drums. I would then add bass but during the process I was aware of how I wanted the drums and Bass to sound.

What was the recording process like?

As it is just myself playing all the parts it can sometimes feel like a long process but at the same time I know exactly how I want it to sound so can create my vision without interference. I generally enjoy the recording process and like getting creative. 

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

With this album I tried to just let the songs come out of me. Sometimes I know exactly what I want and can dive into creating it but this album taught me to listen to my gut more.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No. At the time of recording it felt right to me. You can always look back and say I wish I had changed that part etc, but I have learnt that recording captures a moment in time that should not be tampered with.

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

Well I will be promoting the album for the next few months then straight onto the next one. Which is already written with guide tracks ready to start the recording process. This one will be heavier.

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