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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE WHITE RUSSIAN

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?

The band was originally started with school friends, and we were sitting round drinking white russians after watching The Big Lebowski. Now all the members have changed but me, but the name sticks.

Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?

The band is – Joseph Giffard Tutt (Vocals and Guitar), Iain Berryman (Electric Guitar, Cornet, Piano, bv’s), Richard Osborne (Double Bass), Danny Geffin (Drums, bv’s), Joe Harvey-Whyte (Pedal Steel)

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I don’t sign up to them, I create them.

Good answer 😂 What useless party trick do you have? 

Not showing up to the party.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

First year of 6th form, talent show. The whole school was there and we covered ‘Airoplane’ by Red Hot Child Peppers. After that the jocks seemed to be nice to me. They actually turned out to be really nice guys.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Putting the capo on the wrong fret and did not notice till the song was over that I was the only person still playing.

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

I am psychic, Ozzy is a maypole dancer, Danny is also psychic, Iain has recorded Adele, Gibran is in a much more successful band, and Joe can pull off cowboy boots.

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

Nanu-Nanu

What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?

There is a lot of talent swishing about the band. I’m lucky that this group of people are helping to form and shape the songs I usually wrote alone in a bedroom into something vaster and grander. But every single member could probably be an extremely good solo artist, and some of them already are. 

I try and write songs about reality, and don’t pay much attention to trends or emulation. Then the collaborative element of the band takes them to a place where they transcend a singular vision. I think that’s what people like best about bands.



Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )

Fear.

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

It’s usually the most recent song that was written. I like playing ones that don’t have names yet.

I hear you have a new single what can you tell us about it?

As Aldous Harding says, “I’ve never actually heard an Aldous Harding song”.

I guess I find it hard to talk about the song with any semblance of neutrality or distance. I think it was simply a wish, to be – so I told myself, you are and I think that worked and could work for other people.

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

(Above)

What was the recording process like?

We made a makeshift studio for a few days in Norfolk and recorded an EP. This was the first song to be recorded and it felt really good to sit in that chair and do it. Somehow it felt like the start of my ‘proper’ music after years of trying to write songs. It felt neat.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

It wasn’t a song I thought was particularly standout. I showed it to my friend Charlie, one of the original members of the band, and he just seemed really enthused. And it allowed me to see something in the song that I hadn’t before. And with collaboration with him and the others it lifted.

Would you change anything now its finished?

I wouldn’t have sat on it for so long.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Well, we’re releasing a 10’’ vinyl EP that this track is taken from, in March, along with a gig at the Old Church Stoke Newington with support from Tew. 

We’d like to just carry on releasing this year and eventually get an album out there.

I’m excited for the video side of The White Russian too and have some things up my sleeve.

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

A novel and a play and a movie and a painting. But it can probably wait.