Interviews from the vault: Stornoway (3 min reading time)

So hunting through the catacombs, I came across some classic interviews dating back from the early days of freshborngold. In the early days we used a “barebones” question style and to be honest…
It sucked.

You live and you learn, right?
Let’s take a look back at our old interviews with some of our more notable guests.

[DATED: 18TH AUGUST, 2010]

1. How did you start making music?

Forced recorder lessons at school, then clarinet training from a priest, and Zulu traditional song. Later, Rob’s drum teacher decided to switch from drums to the bass and told all his pupils: “Buy a bass and amp, or don’t bother turning up to the next lesson”. I suddenly had a bass lying around the house and picked it up because I’d always thought it looked cool.

2. What other artists inspired you to make music?

Kevin Barnes of of Montreal, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Paul Simon… Kurt Cobain, Andy Summers. Edward Sharpe.

3. What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Never force anything” when I broke my firetruck toy, “You don’t have to be smart all of the time” from Julian Casablancas, “It is her hour so let it be hers” from The Magnetic Zeros.

4. What music do you, yourself, listen to?

Recently the Mystery Jets, British Sea Power, Herbie Hancock, Surfer Blood.

5. Do you remember the first concert you ever went to? How was it?

A hardcore pop group called Tweak in South Africa. After moving to the UK I missed them so much that I tried convincing them by fanmail that they “should come over and tour here, I guarantee yours is exactly the type of music people here will go mad for!” …I think it might have worked, because for no sensible reason they relocated to London and did their best there for a year or so, before having to change their name and return home to the fans they’d left in SA. I feel mega-guilty because I might just be responsible for the downfall of a band who made an album which is still one of my all-time favourites and I’d give anything to go back to that first show I saw when I was 15.

6. What runs through your mind when making music?

Each performance is a psychological reassessment where I’m forced to question everything about my identity, asking “why is there an audience here for us at all?” “why am I the only one on stage dancing?” “I’m not a good enough guitarist for this song…” etc etc

7. What do you class your own music under?

Indie Faux Pop, because it’s not quite indie, not quite pop, and not quite folk but something approaching that.

8. What do you think of the whole scene at the moment?

Technology is progressing rapidly and it’s driven by some excellent artists all over the world who make great music…

9. What can we expect from you in the future?

My current rolemodels are Alex James and Johnny Greenwood, so I may end up drowned in a vat of cheese, unable to swim because I broke my arm being too aggressive with my instrument. I guess the cow didn’t like being milked by a guy with a cast?

10. Any comments you want to make to the people at Fresh Born Gold?

You should get The Black Atlantic interviewed, they are Dutch and awesome and the bassist has a green jacket exactly like mine…