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(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #70: Huw Williams of The Melodic

 
By on Friday, 28th February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In numero seven of this series ahead of the activities in Austin next month, frontman and guitarist Huw Williams of The Melodic tells how he and his band plan to introduce Americans to “the beautiful game”, among other things that are musical in nature, we can assure you!

Read Carrie’s Bands to Watch feature on the Melodic here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
We’re getting put up for the week by a band from Austin called Mother Falcon, who we met on tour last year in LA, they have nearly 20 members so it should be a bit of a party and hoping they will be able to show us a good time in Austin, Southern hospitality and all that. We came through last year as a freak ice storm hit and our outdoor gig had to be moved inside so we had a pretty cold and wet stay, looking forward to seeing it in the warmer times.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Guess we’re most excited about seeing Malian band Tinariwen who we will be playing a showcase with: we’ll be touring with them for the rest of March and April, so I’m excited to see them live as have been a big fan of their music for ages and have heard great things about their live show. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the British acts that have made it over for the festival will be great to see some friendly faces so far from home, Nick Mulvey and Cocos Lovers especially.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
John (our bass player) always likes to bring a football (soccer ball) on tour with us to kick around at the petrol (gas) stations when filling up to the annoyance of everybody else using the pumps- we’ll be hoping to introduce some American bands to the joys of England’s “beautiful game” at SXSW.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’ll have a cider please, John and Lydia on the red wine, James strictly tequila and Rudi a herbal tea. [I’m with you, Huw. If you find a decent place that serves cider, give me a shout! – Ed.]

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard great things, sounds like an extremely hectic week where people play a crazy amount of shows and run themselves into the ground, so just hoping to enjoy as much music as possible and survive and be in fit shape to complete the rest of our tour afterwards, we’ll be touring solidly ’til May so gonna be hardcore but excited to see so many places in the US we haven’t been before.

And now, on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Dad used to sing folk songs at bedtime to me and my brothers when I was a little scamp and I would always get him to sing ‘Dirty Old Town’, so I guess that has to be the earliest song I can remember liking.

What was your favourite song as a child?

I just told you, man!

What song makes you laugh?
Anything by Canadian pop plonker Sean Nicholas Savage always gets me smiling, ‘Chin Chin’ my favourite, silly lyrics a plenty “kiss tiny chin chin in the morning….”.

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What song makes you cry?
I’m far too emotionally repressed to cry to music, but the songs of Chilean activist-folk singer Victor Jara who was brutally murdered for his music are particularly moving even when you can’t understand the Spanish lyrics.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
‘Darlin Companion’ – Johnny Cash and June Carter.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry?
I get angry whenever i hear a song too much on radio; last summer whilst touring the States you couldn’t move for hearing Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’ and it all got a bit much, i initially thought it was a decent song but i just can’t deal with it anymore.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Two folk songs by Dave Goulder impress me a lot, ‘January Man’ and ‘The Easter’ Tree have incredible lyrics and melodies that i doubt i will ever get close to. So much music from the ’60s I wish I could have written or been part of, love so much stuff written by Dylan, Ray Davies, Brian Wilson and Lennon especially.

Who is your favourite writer?
Bert Jansch, a Scottish folk/blues guitarist influential in the ’60s is my favourite musician, although I think he was great at making new arrangements of traditional folk songs and not necessarily writing them, although he wrote plenty of fantastic songs too, so he’s got to be up there.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’ve always liked the idea of being able to craft things with my hands, working with wood especially, so a carpenter of some sorts or instrument maker would be something I think I’d find great pleasure in.

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.)
Well it would have to be ‘Effra Parade’ by The Melodic, what a great debut album from London’s finest folk steppers :)

Many thanks, Huw, for answering our questions!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #69: Sivu

 
By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 3:00 pm
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the sixth installment in this feature ahead of the Austin shenanigans, James Page, aka the brilliant Sivu, tells us he’s going to be ready if he gets into a mess and the importance of Elton John and Glasvegas in his musical history. Read on…

Catch the Bands to Watch feature I wrote on Sivu here; go here to watch our posting of the brand new Sivu video for ‘Can’t Stop Now’ from yesterday.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m really just looking forward to throwing myself into the whole thing and to just experience Texas. I have never been before, so very excited to experience it. Sun, booze and music: it’s the dream combination.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I haven’t had the chance to see much of the schedule yet but very excited to see Warpaint; also praying the Kills play, I am obsessed with them right now.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Ok, something unusual, I’m a a little OCD, so will have all my cleaning products with me just in case I get into a mess.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Currently drinking a lot of dark rum and ginger beer and a squeeze of lime! I would very much love to join you for a drink though. [You’re on! – Ed.]

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited /anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard the festival is glorious chaos, which sounds like a dream, I’m worried if people come to my shows, but at the same time I’m just going to go with it, and just try and embrace the madness.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Earliest song memory I think was Elton John ‘Your Song’. My dad used to play Elton John for all car journeys.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My favourite song as a child was, I’m embarrassed to say, ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 (great tune). [I dunno, I don’t find this embarrassing; I have this on cassette! – Ed.]

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What song makes you laugh?
Really fast, really heavy metal!

What song makes you cry?
‘Samson’ by Regina Spektor always gets me.

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.)
Wow, that’s a hard one. On the first Glasvegas album, the opening track is called ‘Flowers & Football Tops’. My girlfriend bought me that album for Christmas as my first Christmas present; that song always reminds me of that time.

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.)
‘Arcarsenal’ by At the Drive In always gets me pumped!

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh man, so many. Definitely ‘Moon River’, ‘Strangers in the Night’, or ‘The Universal’ by Blur. Perfect.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Oh man, too many to choose from. Kate Bush.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think I’d still be working in an office probably or worked in health and safety, seeing how clean restaurants were, don’t think I’d be bad at that.

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.)
Just one! That’s hard, wow. Do greatest hits count? If so, Frank Sinatra’s ‘Greatest Hits’. If not, ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush.

Cheers James for answering our questions. We’ll definitely have a drink in Austin!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #68: Dems

 
By on Friday, 21st February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re rolling on with number five in this feature, and we’re joined by Dan, Dave and Duncan of London band Dems.

Cheryl wrote a Bands to Watch feature on the fellas in December, which you can read here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Eating ribs, watching bands, partying and driving a Cadillac.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
MachineDrum, Madlib, Matthew Dear, Hot 8 Brass Band, Public Service Broadcasting, Nas.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
There’s no room for anything because of our equipment, so it’s more interesting to ask what we’re not taking – clothes for instance. [Okay, now I’m scared… – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Dave: Tennessee Honey Whisky
Duncan: a cold beer
Dan: colder beer

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited /anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Apparently it’s wild and we’ll get a tan. We’re just stoked to be involved.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Dave: The theme tune to Neighbours made me want to be a musician.
Duncan: Being shouted at while learning piano.
Dan: My dad playing Nick Drake on guitar.

What was your favourite song as a child?

Dave: The Sesame Street numbers song.
Duncan: Fine Young Cannibals – ‘She Drives Me Crazy’.
Dan: ‘Down in the Jungle Where Nobody Goes’.

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What song makes you laugh?
Duncan: R Kelly’s Opera series.
Dan: TNGHT – ‘Higher Ground’ (DJ Detweiler’s flute drop remix). [This actually exists. – Ed.]

What song makes you cry?
Dave: Keaton Henson – ‘To Your Health’.
Dan: Perfume Genius – ‘All Waters’.
Duncan: Bob Dylan – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

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.)

Dave: Postal Service – ‘Such Great Heights’.
Dan: Postal Service – ‘Nothing Better’.
Duncan: Toploader – ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

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.)
Dave: Blood Orange – ‘Chosen’.
Dan: Jon Hopkins – ‘Immunity’.
Duncan: The music when you die in Goldeneye.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Dave: Joel Compass – ‘Back to You’ for the ultimate video song combo.
Dan: Boards Of Canada – ‘Basefree’. Breaking new ground forever.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Any one of Alan Ginsberg, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and now you. [Aww, you guys are sweet! Hugs for everyone in Austin! – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
We have very different day jobs as we don’t make much money from music yet – between us we’re a design engineer, radio producer and a valuer.

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.)
Dems – ‘Muscle Memory’. You’ve got to love and be proud of what you’re doing, we’ve invested more time into our debut album than we ever will in someone else’s, and after 1000 years in paradise, you’d want to show it off to all to all your heavenly neighbours.

We thank Dan, Dave and Duncan for being so kind in answering our questions. See you in Austin!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #67: Stuart Brock of Prides

 
By on Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re on the fourth of these now, and this time we’ve got Stuart Brock (lead vocals, piano), bespectacled frontman of Scottish synthpoppers Prides. What does the Glaswegian have to tell us about their plans for SXSW? Read on…

We just posted the band’s debut video for ‘The Seeds You Sow’ as yesterday’s Video of the Moment, which you can watch here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Obviously seeing loads of great bands, and getting out of the miserable Scottish weather. It’s such an iconic festival, it’ll just be great to be there and soak it up.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Absolutely, we’re doing a show with Band of Skulls and Sir Sly, who we’re big fans of. Bipolar Sunshine, Wolf Alice, Holy Esque and Honeyblood are on our list too.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography, 3 copies of. [There must be a story behind this. We will inquire… – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
1 gin & tonic, 1 bourbon, and Callum will have a Cosmo. [I think I’m with Callum on this one. – Ed.]

(For the SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
It’s one of the festivals that, especially for UK bands, feels like real progress. I think we’re just excited to get out and play as many shows as possible. The response we’ve had from the States so far has been incredible, so we’re excited to see how it goes in the future.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I grew up surrounded by music, my Dad would always be playing records. Early memories include Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, YES, but possibly above all, and certainly one that connected with me as a kid was Queen.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘MMMBop’ by Hanson.

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What song makes you laugh?
‘MMMBop’ by Hanson.

What song makes you cry?
‘Moments of Pleasure’ by Kate Bush.

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.)
‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park. It’s a timing thing rather than the song itself…

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.)
Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, or anything by Kodaline.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Song For You’ by Leon Russell.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Max Martin.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I dread to think…

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.)
‘So’ by Peter Gabriel.

Many thanks to Stuart for answering our Quickfire Questions!

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #66: The Crookes

 
By on Wednesday, 19th February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. This is the third one of the lot, and as you might expect since Sheffield’s Crookes are essentially a guy gang and do everything together, the four of them answered our questions as a team.

Watch their latest video for new track ‘Holy Innocents’, released to the wild last week on Valentine’s Day, on this previous Video of the Moment.

SXSW-related questions:
What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Daniel Hopewell (guitar, lyrics): Breakfast at South Congress Cafe.
Russell Bates (drums): ‘American Girls’.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Tom Dakin (guitar, backing vocals): Definitely Kurt Vile. Every time I listen to ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’, I love it a little bit more. I want to see how he manages to get that really distinctive feel across live. Also we’re all big fans of Girls, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see Christopher Owens too. T

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Tom: Ever heard of a Fab Eggo™? It’s a special musical instrument constructed from a shaky egg and a Danelectro Fab Echo… [We have not and thought he was speaking of a stylised American waffle first – I’ve tried Googling for a photo of this but I’ve come up empty. I will have to ask Tom if I can photograph his in Austin. – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Daniel: Bourbon. Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.

(For bands who have done SXSW before) What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Daniel: Be quick. You have no time to set up your equipment / sound check. Make sure you construct a pedal board of any sort rather than faff around for ages plugging in.

And it’s on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
George Waite (lead vocals / bass): The Fireman Sam theme tune.
Daniel: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

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What was your favourite song as a child?
Tom: Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’, but only that tiny bit that they use on the Formula One coverage, not the whole song.

What song makes you laugh?
George: ‘The Queen is Dead’ by The Smiths – “…that’s nothing, you should hear me play piano”.
Tom: ‘I’m Alright’ by Loudon Wainwright III – it’s the happy blues!

What song makes you cry?
George: ‘Carnabetian Charms’ by The Crookes. It’s that bad. [Hmm. I knew there was a reason why I usually skip that track… – Ed.]

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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.)
George: ‘Wasted and Ready’ by Ben Kweller – “sex reminds her of eating spaghetti”.

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.)
Daniel: This isn’t probably what you’re after, but I have to listen to ‘My Way’ and drink a coffee before I can think about getting changed each morning.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
George: ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars.
Daniel: ‘Love On Top’ by Beyonce.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
George: Charles Bukowski.
Daniel: Marquez.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
George: Male prostitute.
Daniel: I’d be dead.

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.)
George: ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’, Bright Eyes.
Daniel: I’d probably say the same as George, which is really fuckin’ boring. I’d say I’d bring another and we could swap, but it’s unlikely we’ll both make it to heaven.

Thanks guys for humouring us and answering these questions.

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #65: Will Greenham and Stewart Hughes of Cocos Lovers

 
By on Friday, 14th February 2014 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the second one of these, we’ve got Will (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Stewart (drums and percussion) of Kent alt-folk collective Cocos Lovers tag-teaming on our questions. I had a whale of a time reading their answers (actually, as I’m coding this article, my stomach hurts from laughing so much), so please enjoy it below.

Read Carrie’s SXSW 2014 flavoured Bands to Watch on Cocos Lovers here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Will: The weather. I hear it’s warm out there. We have had a grim winter in England.
Stewart: Hmmm, probably eating a couple of Don Juan El Taco Grande breakfast tacos from Juan in a Million. I’ve been dreaming about them. [If you have no idea what he’s talking about, watch this. Actually, where the TGTF crew will be staying this year isn’t far from the eating establishment. Hmmm…should we just take our favourite bands there on a field trip? – Ed.]

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Will: Syd Arthur, our psychedelic friends from Canterbury in the UK are incredible, Broken Hands are amazing, and The Melodic – all UK bands that are great that I cant wait to see.
Stewart: I’ve heard rumours that Tyler, the Creator is playing. Maybe obvious, but I couldn’t miss seeing that.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Will: A saw! Natasha plays the saw in our band, so I will be surprised if it gets through without a few questions!
Stewart: A stock of good old British chocolate, in case what I’ve heard about American chocolate is true. [Sadly, I can attest to the truth in this. I swear by English-made Cadbury. Can we come over for dessert? – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Will: Personally, I’m an ale drinker, my favourite is a Somerset Beer (South West England) called Summer Lightning. However, in a Texas bar, I’d like you to surprise me!
Stewart: Hmm, well I’m sort of on holiday so…what the hell, I’ll have a White Russian.

(For the SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Will: We have heard it’s amazing and that it’s complete mayhem, we love a bit of mayhem, especially with some impromptu performances. We are just up for a really good time, we’re not the sort of band who takes themselves to seriously, so we will be getting well and truly into the spirit of the festival.
Stewart: Syd Arthur’s Joel Magill told me that it is completely crazy and that I should be careful. I’m excited because he’s a reliable source.

Then it’s on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

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What was your favourite song as a child?
Will: ‘Man in the Mirror’ – Michael Jackson.
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

What song makes you laugh?
Will: A song by a UK singer called Will Varley, the song is called ‘I Got This Email’, it’s about those dodgy emails you receive from a prince, etc., who promises you millions in exchange for you bank details. In the song song he gives his details, and mayhem ensures with an appearance from David Cameron!
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’. [I’m sensing a theme here… – Ed.]

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What song makes you cry?
Will: If I’m burnt out from touring and lack of sleep, pretty much anything, a good Disney tune!
Stewart: Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

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.)
Will: ‘Sacrifice’ by Elton John, I remember slow dancing at a school disco to this with my first girlfriend.
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’.

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.)
Will: I used to stick ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on mentally loud before a football match, so cliched, but it really gets you pumped!
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Will: I have had this feeling a few times. The most recent was ‘Bizness’ by Tune-Yards.
Stewart: Kenny Rodgers, ‘The Gambler’ / Blue Swede, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Will: Ooo, tough one. I’m really into Italo Calvino, the Italian writer who reinvented a lot of weird old Ttalian folk tales.
Stewart: Tom Waits.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Will: I’d like to think a professional footballer, because I was pretty good. However it was always going to be performing in some way. Maybe acting!
Stewart: A dreadfully unskilled motorcycle mechanic, I’d imagine.

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.)
Will: ‘Aman Iman’ by Tinariwen. Amazing album, hypnotic and soothing, if God exists I’m sure he would be into this band.
Stewart: Tom Waits – ‘Bone Machine’. That would be an interesting listen in the context of heaven.

Many thanks to both Will and Stewart for being so kind to answer our questions!

 
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