(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #123: Dan Hagerty of The Sandinistas

By on Thursday, 9th March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

We’re just days away from this year’s SXSW Music Festival, and we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. In today’s feature, we’ll be bringing you the answers from Dan Hagerty, singer and guitarist from Welsh punk group The Sandinistas. His selection for the album he’d bring in past the pearly gates isn’t a surprise at all from the name of their band, but many of his selections mirror my own favourite musical things. It’s proof that music has no barriers and binds us all, regardless of where we come from. Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
British, Punk, new wave.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Playing in the sun. It’s literally raining all the time in Wales. Meeting new people from different backgrounds – I’m hoping to be inspired.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Meilyr Jones (fellow Welsh artist). We played with him the end of last year and was great. Nice chap.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
All black socks. No other colours or designs. I have OCD (like millions of others) and that’s something I need to abide by so not to lose my mind.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A simple pint of lager. I’ll make sure we ‘run into you’ every time we’re running dry 😉 [If you can find me, I will honour this! I think I have only bought a handful of drinks for bands over the last 5 years in Austin. – Ed.]

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
I haven’t got one really. There isn’t much modern day music I’m keen on.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Absolutely buzzing about playing in the US of A. The American people are very friendly and accepting of new music, which is something Britain tends to struggle with these days. I’ve known about the festival for years and never thought I’d have the opportunity to be involved. This really is one off the bucket list. Excited, although apprehensive: I like to think our songs are relatable as are written from the perspective of an average human being (like me) – I hope people ‘get it’.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘She Loves You’ – The Beatles. Changed my outlook on life.

What was your favourite song as a child?
As above. Still my favourite song of all time.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Paradise by Dashboard Light’ – Meat Loaf. The story and depth of the song is insane: brilliant songwriting and captures real life lust.

What song makes you cry?
‘A Change is Gonna Come’ – Sam Cooke. Sensationally captured a moment in time and is still relatable now, but in very different ways. [One of the best songs of all time. It may be decades since the Civil Rights Movement raged on, but it seems like not much has changed, has it? – Ed.]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Without You’, a song I wrote about that very moment. I wrote it on a ukulele in minutes and always sends me back. Don’t be expecting Sandinistas to be playing it though. Haha.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
That new Train song that’s a rip off of ‘chopsticks’. I hate what they’ve done there. It’s awful and lazy and crap like this is clogging up the airwaves where great fresh new music could be being played. [I can’t stand Train myself, so this had me laughing. This is pretty horrible. – Ed.]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I’ve asked myself this hundreds of times. There are so many. Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ maybe.
‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ by the Jam is songwriting at its very best, though.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Lennon / McCartney – There’ll never be anyone better. Children will be learning their work in school for years to come the same way I learnt about Mozart, Beethoven, etc.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’m still working, so that’s an easy one. I’m a Performance Analyst for a water company. It’s a good job and enables me to be creative. No complaints there.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘London Calling’ – The Clash. Start to finish, a sublime album I couldn’t live without.

Thank you to Dan of The Sandinistas for answering these SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions, and also to Max for sorting this out for us. The Sandinistas will be performing on the afternoon of Thursday 16 March at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30; their evening showcase in Austin will be at Javelina on Friday 17 March at 9 PM.

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