Monday, 8 December 2014

Pistolhead Q&A

Your name:
My name is Daniel Bateman and I’m lead singer/songwriter.

Where are you from?
I’m from the south of England, currently living in a small village near Portsmouth.

Name of band: 

Who else is in your band?
My partner in Pistolhead is Paul Brighton. He is a DJ and technical musician who apart from many other things is the key creator of the music. It’s his job to send me musical ideas with which I create songs that we then build upon and record. The final creation of the song is a joint effort in the studio.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Our music is a blend of rock, pop and electronica. The music we create in the studio and as a live unit skips from one genre to another as if it had itchy feet. Being labelled is a thing we want to avoid but our influences make that easy being as diverse as David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and Tricky to Ryuchi Sakamto, Aphex Twin, Sex Pistols and Squarepusher. With a bunch of squeeks, beeps and weird instruments in between.

Who are your main influences musically?
Well as the aforementioned my main influences run through music, film and art. You see music is really a visual medium. The listener creates images instantly when they hear music and it’s a band's job to control (as best they can) those images and suggestions. So from David Bowie, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, David Sylvain, Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and Pink Floyd to movies like The Road, 2001 Space Odyssey, Repulsion, The Hunger, Seven, to art by Salvador Dali, Picasso, Carravagio, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol and Banksy it’s all in there in one way or another. Influences come from the world around you some obvious some less so.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Isn’t creating the music itself enough? Well like any piece of art that required a lot of passion and hard work you naturally want an audience to respond to it. The logic is if we like it then there must be others out there that will too so the task is to ‘get it out there’. But these days it’s hard to be heard over the noise of vacuous empty superficial trash that clogs up the airwaves and the internet. It’s a challenge but you hope the good will out somehow.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
A highlight for any musician or artist is the completion of a song or an album, or a film or a painting followed by a positive reaction from other people. I’ve been fortunate with this band and countless others to have experienced that many times. However my greatest highlight as a memory really was the first time I ever sang on stage with a band. I was 17 and nervous as hell as the venue was huge and packed out (over 200 people). But the gig went brilliantly and got a really positive review in the local paper the next day. I was bitten by the bug that night and never looked back.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
In terms of music? Wanting to sing like Bruce Willis when I was 13.......Jeez!!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At this point, currently my favourite song is Moon. It’s the song that starts up when you go onto our website ( I love the mood and tone of that tune and the funky hooky guitar riff towards the end just rocks. It's got a bit of everything in it so is a good representation but like the weather my faves change a lot.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
We are out there on Facebook, Twitter and on our official site of course. You need to be these days.

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Just that if your tastes are broad and you want to discover something new and fresh that hasn’t been served up to you via Simon Cowell and other such killers of popular culture then give Pistolhead a fair might like them.

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