Thursday, 26 November 2015

Honest John Q&A

Your name:
Rob Muir.

Where are you from?
Bedford, UK.

Name of band:
Honest John

Who else is in your band?
Alex Small (Vocals) Dan Jack (Drums) & Katy Haynes (Bass)

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
As a group of people we’re pretty diverse and have quite different personalities. This all plays a part in the our sound which is very eclectic. We describe our sound as alternative rock/outlaw funk infused with blues, groove and soul, which is filtered through melodic and psychedelic rock sensibilities…or ROCK for short.

Who are your main influences musically?
Individually this would take up a whole book. I am rediscovering my love for the Smashing Pumpkins at the moment and in terms of new music, I am listening to a lot of Wolf Alice, Screaming Females, The Ghost of A Sabre Tooth Tiger, Tame Impala and a whole bunch of other stuff that subtly informs our writing.
We all listen to such a huge array of music which is vastly different and those tastes are ever-evolving but collectively we find common ground in bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Reef and Pearl Jam. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I think anyone who is interested in and passionate about music is looking for some form of success/recognition for the art. I also think that the dream of making a living from music is always a factor, despite the fact that it seems cool to say otherwise. But we’re realistic and the main goal is to enjoy doing what we do, if that stops, so do we.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It’s still very early days for this band as we formed at the start of 2015 but probably the recording of our debut EP Blue Mantra, because it was around that time when our musical ideas started to gel and we could get a taste of the fruits of our labour.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Actually we almost broke up in the first few months of forming! The pressures of being an unsigned band eh? Rest assured we are friends again now.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I’m not sure if it’s been written yet. I feel the best is yet to come from us. We get a lot of feedback about various songs that people seem to really like and Slow Honey from our EP is always in that equation.
 We're also pretty excited about our latest song, Caldera (yet to be released so look out for this one live!)

Where can we listen to it? available to stream and download for free.

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?

Keep coming out to our shows and supporting us however you can and we’ll keep playing and creating. Stick with us and we'll stick with you. Thanks. Rob HJ.

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