(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #124: Dan Bettridge

By on Thursday, 9th March 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

This year’s SXSW Music Festival is just days away. 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 Welsh singer/songwriter Dan Bettridge. The song he names as his favourite in his childhood, the one that was his earliest memory and the one that makes him laugh is surprisingly by an American entertainer from yesteryear. Should we be surprised? I’m not sure. But read on for more of his intriguing answers… [We’ve been informed that sadly, Dan Bettridge will not be joining us in Austin. – Ed.]

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Soul – Rock – Blues.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Definitely playing the showcases – it’s been a minute since I’ve played in the U.S.! Also catching bands that I’ve been waiting to see and without a doubt I’m really looking forward to seeing musicians, filmmakers and all kinds of artists together saying what needs to be said in a mad world.

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?
At the moment I’m most looking forward to seeing Forth Wanderers – I stumbled across them on a Spotify playlist and they rock.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A lot of women’s clothes… (My manager and I are going to share a case.)

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
If I’m drinking – a whiskey, no mixer, no ice. If I’m driving – a cranberry juice… thanks!

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
Oh God… there were so many… the one that jumped to mind was the new Bon Iver album. Also ‘Blonde’ by Frank Ocean… I’ve been really into weird sounds recently.

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?
I’ve played in Nashville, TN before. It was in 2013 I think and I turned up, just myself and my guitar and didn’t realise that it was the week that the CMAs were on… it was MAD! But I ended up playing some places while I was there. I’ve played a couple of gigs in NYC too. Most of the time I’ve come across the pond it’s been to go to Canada, so I’m stoked to be coming back to the US – especially as it’s for SXSW!

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Inka Dinka Doo’ by Jimmy Durante.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Same as the above – I used to dance around in my blue denim dungarees to that song!

What song makes you laugh?
Maaaan this is gonna be the most boring interview ever, but the same song hahaha If you haven’t heard it… you really need to! [Okay, Dan, we’ll indulge you… – Ed.]

What song makes you cry?
‘Shed a Little light’ – James Taylor, off his live album.

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.)
Anything from The OC soundtrack…ahhhh young love and indie rock.

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.)
Any Jack Johnson song calms me down. I grew up right on the seafront but most of that time we had quite a turbulent home life… Jack kept me happy and sane.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Way way way too many… but then if I’d written them then they wouldn’t be the songs I love.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Of songwriters there are many… people who I admire for their poetry, others who know exactly how to write for themselves for the perfect delivery, sometimes both. One of my favourite book writers though is John Muir.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I always said if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a long distance truck driver in the Pacific Northwest somewhere.

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.)
Ooooo that’s a toughy. Either the James Taylor ‘Live’ double album or ‘By The Way’ by The Red Hot Chili Peppers because it’s the first album I ever bought with my own money.

Cheers, Dan, for answering our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions! Thank you also to Max for helping sort this for us. Dan Bettridge’s official SXSW 2017 showcase will be at Stephen F’s Bar on Thursday 16 March at 11 PM.

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