October Drift Interview
How much have your friends and families played a part in your career so far?
A huge part. I’m sure we’d be doing something different with ourselves without our families support, especially in the early days.
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
We started taking it seriously when we were about 18 or 19. But since childhood I sort of always thought playing the guitar would be something to pursue.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
We’ve all taken bits of inspiration from all over the place over the years so it’s really hard to pin it down to a few artists but I’ll name some which come to mind...
Nick Cave - his live show has such an intensity and is really emotive.
The National - a huge impact on all of us. Just such good songs. We just basically try to be the National with fuzz pedals.
Nirvana - i think the first band I got into which wasn’t passed on from my dad! A huge influence (on all of us).
My Bloody Valentine - (and a load of shoegaze stuff that followed) had a big influence on our guitar sounds.
Other big hitters include Smashing Pumpkins, Joy Division, Radiohead.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m vegetarian, quarter Indian & I make a good cocktail.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Hard to say, we’ve only released a fraction of the songs we’ve written. We’re all really excited about the next single, which is more angsty than anything we’ve previously released. We’ve tracked an album too which is ready to go when the time is right. As far as currently released music goes, check out Cherry Red, I think that probably best describes us?!
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
We’ve had a great run of gigs recently. The John peel stage at Glastonbury last year was a huge one for us and by far the biggest thing we had done at the time. That was a mile stone. Since then we’ve supported Editors across the UK and Europe which was an incredible time and the gigs were insane. Hard to say the best one but Munich stands out as a particularly special one.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I don’t know... I like the obscure, unconventional gigs. We’ve done shows in churches and old warehouses which have been really vibey. We supported editors in Birmingham town hall, Clapham grand (old theatre) and Manchester cathedral and those venues were all pretty unique. I think Glastonburys pyramid stage could be top of the list though, growing up with Glastonbury festival down the road it seems very important, and playing the pyramid still feels like that would be the pinnacle.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
Our biggest achievement has been sticking at this! We’ve been playing music together in various incarnations for well over 10 years, it’s a miracle we’re still at it. Looking forward to getting the album out and seeing how far we can take it.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
A great gig makes it all so worthwhile. There’s nothing like connecting with an audience through music.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Well we’re all still in our minimum pay day jobs... Im not sure, i’d like to think we wouldn’t just be doing them minus the band!
What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Nick Cave springs to mind, his stage intensity was very eyeopening and inspirational.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Take it easy, but take it.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Things what make me happy: negronis, good music, dolmades, dogs.
Things what annoy me: intolerance, bad music, rudeness, smart motorways, the state of the environment, the state of politics.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Work, see friends, see family, watch films, eat, drink... Usual stuff.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
We must be the only rock band in the county without a tattoo between us! Strangely We played at the London tattoo convention last year.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Take it easy, but take it.
How would you answer the questions who is October Drift?
Kiran Roy, Dan Young, Chris Holmes and Alex Bispham.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Go for it, but don’t expect anything on a plate. You gotta be in it for the long, hard game, and even then nothing is guaranteed. I would advice against university courses and recommend just getting out there and doing it and learning as you go.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Hm Justin Vernon or Kanye West. Both creative powers and think we would offer something new and different together.
What things make you uncomfortable?