Hi guys, how are you?
Hi, were doing great thanks! Looking forward to the challenges we’ve set for ourselves in 2011!
Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Mark Farrington is the lead vocalist, and rythm guitar, and brother Stu Farrington is the backing singer and lead guitar, and he likes to think good looking one! These 2 also write the songs. Maybe the future Gallagher brothers! Haha. Theres the friendly giant Oli on the bass, and the baby of the group is 17 year old Jai on drums who always steals the show at gigs with his drum solo’s.
How long has the current band line up been together?
Since early 2009, but we had a brief split, then got back together again in august 2010.
Who are the main songwriters for the band?
The brothers, Mark and Stu
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Were not trying to make songs that fit with any trends, were not a fashion statement, we just believe in good songs! SO we sound like a lot of the bands we are influenced by, the Beatles, the Kinks, Oasis.
What have you been up to recently?
Were currently recording our debut album, as well as doing some gigs occassionaly, and writing more songs. Were always writing new stuff. We probably have enough for 5 albums!
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Our first album being released,coming to see us live, and if we get in the charts we’ll pose naked!
How did you come up with your name for the band?
It was the name of Stu and Marks Dad’s band.
How did you meet each other?
Mark and Stu being brothers hung out at the same house a lot from a young age, and mark met oli at school when the teacher asked mark to help oli with his work! Jai is a good friend of Stu and Marks younger sister. They also knew Jai’s older brother Jango, as he threw up at their house as a child! haha
Did you always want to be in a band?
Yeah deffinately, there was a brief year of wanting to be a footballer, but that was just a fad!
Oli probably still doesn’t want to be in a band!
What music did you listen to while growing up?
Stu deffinately was Oasis obsessed, and via Oasis got into The Beatles, The Jam, The Rolling Stones and also liked the american rock of Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. Mark Was also Oasis mad, but really got influenced by Rory Gallagher and David Bowie. Oli spent his childhood listening to Abba! Jai was the weird one, who listened to Blink 182 and those other american pop/punk bands.
How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
Stu wrote his first song when he was about 7, and actually a song that will be on our album, called societies mess, he wrote when he was ten! Mark started relatively late, about 14!
What were your first music making experiences?
Sitting in the street singing a self written song aged about 8, hoping people would come past and listen, and in a youthfull innocence kind of way thinking thats how you got famous! The very first song stu wrote when he was 7 was about a phantom I think
Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
A mixture of both. Stu started being taught guitar by his dad aged about 4, and took school lessons, but also there was a lot of self learning. Mark is self taught, and he taught Oli the bass when we needed a bass player, and Jai was a mixture. I think there’s only so much you can be taught, then you’ve got to discover your own style yourself!
If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
Gibson Les Pauls deffinately, they look cooler than Fenders!
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yeah, we try and recreate how we sound live. A lot of our demo recordings though are acoustic, so for that we use acoustic guitars.
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
The actual writing of the song is different each time, you could write a whole song in ten minutes, words and everything,or you could get an idea of melody, or lyrics, and work on it over time, or even write 3 songs and mix and match bits to make one! But as a band, we then take the finished song and write a bass line and drum parts at a rehersal.
Would you sign with a major record company?
Yes, but we’d like to achieve some level of success without it, so we can be in a posistion to get a good deal, and also we wouldn’t want to be a small band in a big record label, where they don’t spend a lot of time working on us. WIth the way its going its less important to have a big record label I think!
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
We have a lot of input, especialy the arrangment, at the end of the day we have final say over how it sounds. That’s very important to us!
Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Mark is the recording brains of the band, so he would deffinately! The rest of us probably wouldn’t want to do it for other peoples songs!
Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It is enjoyable in hearing a song you had as an idea in your head turn into a physical thing, and off course having other people able to hear it and seeing there feedback is the best part of it. But it is a long and sometimes tiresome process. The joy is deffinately in the end product!
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
For songs we do live, we try to make sound near to our live sound. But then theres always a difference, which is good i think! Certain songs we play live, probaby couldnt be done justice on a recording, and vice versa! Theres some songs we could record, and never play live. Songs that sound good on record, might not be right for a live show.
Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
It’s sometimes easy, sometimes you can have a melody and struggle over lyrics, the best ones seem to be the easy ones that seem to almost come to you magicaly though!
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Mainly through the internet, it’s such a usefull tool in getting the music heard. Even though it can be hard to find the right people to target, who would like our music. But also you can’t beat playing live. Were trying to make a video at the moment too, as we’ve heard youtube is the best way of promotion!
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
Probably myspace is best for music, and things like twitter. But as everyone has a facebook, if you can direct them to your facebook page, it’s easier to stay in touch with them!
Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Yeah deffinately, for getting the music heard at least, and by people in other countries. But on the other hand,theres so many people doing it, it’s hard to keep someones attention who might like one of your songs! It’s also probably making it harder to make money! But for getting it heard, which is the main thing, its really great!
How do you relax?
Sport, like football especialy! We all our massive fans of films, and obviously music. laughing is great, and reading! The good thing being in a band is it’s sort of your job to get inspired in
anyway you can, so you can watch films, and read and just tell yourself its not self indulent laziness, its part of the job! Recently weve been getting into alfred hitchcock, films like vertigo! And i recently watched citizen caine with orson welles, which was amazing!
What’s your best/worst experience at a gig?
At our first gig, at the Oxford O2 Academy, we had a dressing room with a fridge full of beer, that was great..but getting drunk then playing badly was the worst! Theres also been broken strings on stage, out of tune! But the best thing is playing well, and getting a good buzz, and then people afterwards you dont know, coming to tell you they really liked it!
Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Not really nervous about playing, but the nerves of thinking, what if a string breaks, what if the power goes. But once you start playing the nerves all go! But to calm the nerves we usually get some food, and have a laugh together eating it, and maybe have a drink or two,not too much though.
I think theres a golden 2 drink rule!
Is there anything you’d like to add?
If you wake up in the morning, and you go to bed at night, and in between your doing what you like, then your doing something right!Your Born your young your old you die, in betweens a waste of time, if your not free!