What was the very first record you bought?
The very first record I bought using my own money was David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ album, over the years I think I’ve owned three copies, but still have the original one.
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
I’ve never really been a ‘collector’ as such, so there’s been no really expensive purchases, but I paid quite a bit for a Siouxsie bootleg many years ago, probably more than it was worth but sometimes you just have to have these things! I still own a first generation copy of X Ray Spex’s Rough Trade demo that I swapped for a cassette player in 1978 that’s probably worth a fair bit now.
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
David Bowie, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, New Model Army and Faith and the Muse.
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
I’m not sure I can name five, but The Clash taught me how to be a rebel, and New Model Army showed me how to carry that punk attitude forward through my life. More recently, The Last Cry for going along with my crazy ideas and helping me live out some dreams.
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
Wave Gotik Treffen for its diversity, Whitby Goth Weekend for the chance to see friends from around the UK that I never see anywhere else, and Sacrosanct, because it’s great to see people with a passion and belief doing something just for the ‘scene’ in the UK.
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?
Sneaking in through the fire escape to the Music Machine (now Koko) in Camden when The Clash played there during the ‘On Parole’ tour in July 1978. The Cramps in Hammersmith in the mid eighties, and New Model Army any time they play. If I can have one of my own, then whenever I get to work at Wave Gotik Treffen.
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘Juju’, an era defining album of sheer perfection, and one that screams ‘goth’ more than any drum machine or fog generator could ever do. New Model Army’s “No Rest for the Wicked”, the album that introduced me to the band that I’ve followed ever since and felt most close to in terms of understanding what they sing about. Finally the Cult’s ‘Love’, the coming together of the tribal sound they’d been perfecting for years and the last good thing they did in my opinion, a gloriously over the top celebration of a culture that we were so far removed from in the UK at the time, but that summed up our feelings for our own ‘tribe’ so well.
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
Determined. Stubborn. Proud.
What is the most overrated gothic band?
The answer to this would cost me some very good friends, so lets just say they’re American, and revered by thousands. But not me 🙂
What is the most underrated gothic band?
1919, back again now but for years criminally overlooked in my opinion.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
If I was a better bass player then I’d love to have stood in for Paul Simonon in The Clash, watching him was the reason I picked one up in the first place. I was just never that good!
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?
Currently, off the top of my head, I’d say The Rope, Monographic, and The Palace Wolves.
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
Post Punk. I find Gothic Rock to be a little too ‘safe’ at times, often lacking the energy and passion that I prefer in my music. Post Punk still holds some of that punk spirit that was there at the beginning and that attracted me to the darkside!