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Marseille

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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

 

A: Well growing up I always had naturally been surrounded by music and it must've had a subconscious effect on me as I was never massively interested in it and I was more bothered about football and wanting to play for my club Derby County. I only really liked Bob Marley growing up but one day it just clicked. My dad was driving me to football training and he said "Pass us that CD Will" and it was The Stone Roses debut album. And I don't know what it was but this particular time I had heard it, it just blew my mind! I had no idea music could affect someone like that and ever since that feeling I've always wanted to be able to do that for other people.

 

Q: Who are your musical inspirations and why?

 

A: I have many in different aspects, in terms of persona I still love Bob Marley's mindset on music and even life itself. But musically my main influences when it comes writing are band's like The Verve, The Coral, The Beatles and The Charlatans. I love the blend you can get with melody and rhythm if you get the mix just right you end up with something quite special. The Beatles, The Coral and Ashcroft are just all about that melody and great song writing, and the rest of The Verve and The Charlatans add their groove and swagger giving a feel good, cool factor hence why I think the balance is so important.

 

Q: Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

 

A: I've always been a big football fan and loved playing, I don't really have time to play anymore but I am still a season ticket holder for Derby County and go to as many away games as I can.

 

My second club are Celtic, my grandad was Irish and my Nana is from Glasgow so most of my mum's side are naturally Celtic fans.

 

I am insanely good at most Super Mario games

 

Q: What song of yours best describes you and why?

 

A: Probably FREEDOM, it sums up my feelings about trying to make a name for ourselves and put Derby on the map. It's a city with so much promise but just has allowed itself to become an overpriced ghost town in recent years. I feel like music is one way to really give the city a kick up the backside a bit and really make it a more desirable place to be.

 

Q: What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

 

A: I still think when we went over to Glasgow and played. As I mentioned earlier a lot of my family are over there and some of them I had even met for the first time and it was at a gig in a country we had never played before! No pressure! The gig was completely sold out and rammed 150 people in a tight space and the crowd were amazing, the band were on fire and I had a great time with my folks. Definitely a gig that will live long in the memory!

 

Q: If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

 

A: I would have to say Rock City in Nottingham. I've seen so many legendary gigs there that have spurred me on even further to do music, bands like Primal Scream, DMA's, Shed Seven, Kasabian, Embrace and The Charlatans. To have our name amongst those greats would be a dream come true.

 

Q: What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

 

A: I think our first UK tour was the biggest achievement. A sell out every night, a great laugh with your mates on the road and it was all done using some help of some of great promoters across the UK who are still friends of ours today and letting 5 17 year olds live out their dream. Ever since that little taste of what life could be like I've always been hungry for more.

 

Q: Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

 

A: I mean most of them will involve Lennon, he's the mischievous one who always gets us into trouble. I remember when we played Birmingham and our guitarist Joe, played a cruel trick on Lennon and told him to shout "pigs" at these police arresting someone. Poor young Lennon didn't understand the reference and started shouting it at the top of his lungs and we had to make a run for it!

 

Q: What do you like best about being a musician and why?

 

A: I love making music that I love and I know loads of people will love too. We make music for the people, and for the love of music and people that share that love. Making music people love is my purpose to my life and that's what gets me out of bed in the morning. All I want to do is grow more and make more people happy. 

 

Q: If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

 

A: Fuck knows! Probably something like studying how to be a doctor or something. I'm a bit of a clever clogs you see.

 

Q: What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

 

A: It's tough, it's either Primal Scream or Kasabian but I'll probably edge towards Primal Scream purely for the fact that when I went I hardly knew any songs, maybe Moving on Up, Loaded and Rocks. But I was hypnotised by the whole set and came out with Primal Scream being my favourite band for a good few months. It's a big reason why they still are one of my all time favourites.

 

Q: What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

 

A: In modern day? I'm not sure, maybe 2 days of 1 big headliner on each. The Coral one day, Richard Ashcroft the next. Would probably have The Dream Machine, Pastel and Deary on there too. 3 new bands I'm really enjoying at the moment.

 

Q: What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 

A: You're never too important to help anyone. That's just a good one for life in general. If you ever think you're too important to even try to help someone, you're just a prick.

 

Q: What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

 

A: Well as I said I'm a big football fan so if Derby are doing well at the time my mood is usually improved. Derby have lost 2 on the bounce whilst we're in a promotion race so people around me may have noticed my patience is a bit shorter at the moment! 

 

Also, something that really annoys me is just being late. I actually don't get it, if I'm running late to something I feel like I'm gonna explode. I just stress out so badly. And if someone else is late I get annoyed at them for being late, which I don't get either. If I was at school and someone was late in my head I'd be like "it's not very fair that i've had endure being at school for 10mins longer than you". 

 

Q: Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

 

A: Yeah definitely, it's made it so easy to reach out to people and make new connections. Can get your music in front of people with the push of a button it's great. But once the band gets to a size where I don't really need to worry about that stuff unless, it's a gig or writing an album I am launching my phone into orbit and letting someone else run the socials. I sometimes feel like I ignore how great the world is and living in the real world is. Being on a screen 8hrs a day is no way to live.

 

Q: How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

 

A: Oh it's everything! It's a good thing I'm so gorgeous eh? Sometimes something that can actually make me want to get into a band is if they look cool. Pretty privilege is definitely a thing, if I listen to a band and their music's great but they're 4 of the most uncool people I've ever seen in my life, I am guilty for maybe not being as big of a follower. However, if you're someone like The Doors, your image can entice people. I only listened to them because I thought "bloody hell, that Jim Morrison is a cool fucker" and they're one of my biggest influences now. It's definitely a factor.

 

Q: If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

 

A: I would just ban vapes completely, not just disposable ones, just vapes in general. They're for gimps and 14 year olds that think they're hard.

 

Q: What would your ideal day consist of?

 

A: Alright so start off strong full fry up, black pudding, fruit pudding and fried bread included. The I would probably go for a walk with my girlfriend if it was sunny. Get home in time for football, out the house. Derby win, back home get on my guitar for a bit, out to the pub, day done!

 

Q: If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

 

A: Keep spreading the word and keep showing love!

 

Q: How would you answer the question Who are Marseille and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

 

A: I think I'm a lot more chilled out when I'm away from the band, but equally can get stressed that I'm not doing any Marseille related stuff. Sometimes I just need a break away to relax because when I'm doing stuff around the band I'm quite on edge and a control freak but when I'm away from the band I'm the polar opposite I like the to think. I can be chilled out as long as nothing pops up related to the band!

 

Q: What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

 

A: I'm trying to think if I can even remember that far back. If I had to guess I think it was The La's debut album. I bought that album because it's just genius, I love the folky acoustic sound of it whilst all the songs just really being modernised 60's pop songs. Lee Mavers was a genius and I think it's a real shame he no longer releases music.

 

Q: What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

 

A: There's a lot more to it than writing and performing and just generally being a good artist. Unfortunately you've got to hone your skills of networking, social media and pitching yourself to promoters and magazines. Performing, writing and recording are the fun parts! Make sure you enjoy them when you have the opportunity because it's only around 10% of what you'll actually be doing!

 

Q: If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

 

A: I think I would go a bit different to the style we're in, probably someone like Chemical Brothers or Gorillaz. Two artists that have some legends guest on their tracks. I think it would be awesome to do a track with either of them.

 

Q: If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

 

A: Bittersweet Symphony. I know a super generic answer, but its lyrical content is probably the best way to sum up life in a modern world. The strings at the beginning are obviously a thing of beauty. It's definitely not my favourite song of all time, but in my personal opinion I think it's one of the best songs ever written.

 

Q: What things make you uncomfortable?

 

A: Too much eye contact or someone being too close for comfort. I like my personal space and most people who know me know i'm not much of a hugger or anything. I need to mentally prepare myself if someone wants a hug!

 

Q: If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

 

A: I think if I wrote a book it would probably be a story of how the band takes off. I think a book right now is a bit early as I'm only 19, but hopefully 10 years down the line we'll have had plenty of success and experiences I can write about in a book! It would probably be a guide for new artists how to make it in the music industry if I'm being honest!

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