What was the very first record you bought?
It was “Mott” by Mott The Hoople. A great album I am pleased to say as it was sort of potluck when I bought it as I wanted an album by Mott the Hoople and that was the first one I got hold of.
What is the most expensive record have you bought?
As a rule I don’t believe in paying too much for a record as at the end of the day it is just a bit of plastic and if I pay too much, someone somewhere has raked off the cash. I would bet it wasn’t the musician concerned. Anyway, I think it was about £15 and it was for a Killing Joke limited edition live and studio outtake album called “The Bum’s Rush”.
What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?
Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Killing Joke, Play Dead, Joy Division
Name 5 bands that have changed your life?
All of the above as well as Siouxsie and The Banshees, Chrome, The Garden Of Delight, The Sisters Of Mercy, Ghosting.
Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?
That’s a hard one, as these days in the UK you can count Goth fests on one hand and have fingers left over, sadly.
The Bram Stoker International Film Festival in the UK.
The WGT in Germany.
The SOS Festival in the UK.
Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?
Is that 3 each? OK here goes.
favorite gigs as a musician. In no particular order.
1. When Every New Dead Ghost headlined the Marquee in London in the 1990’s.
2. Midnight Configuration halfway up the bill at the London Astoria 2 in the 2000’s
3. When Every New Dead Ghost played a drained swimming pool in Germany in the early 1990’s.
As a fan
Seeing Joy Division at The Playhouse In Nottingham UK in 1979.
Seeing The Merry Thoughts and The Garden Of Delight at Carnival Of Souls in Derby UK.
Play Dead in 1984 at Keele University.
Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist
Without a doubt the first one is “Space Ritual” by Hawkwind. If it wasn’t for that album I would never have thought that playing the guitar is something I could do in a band. It also laid the foundation for my guitar skills. The first song’s I ever worked out how to play were on this album. Second is “Future Games” by Spirit as that convinced me that it was ok to use tv and film samples with music. Third is “Master Of Reality” by Black Sabbath as that album spoke to me and made me want to grow my hair long and consider the outlandish idea of myself being in a band.
Describe yourself with 3 adjectives
Wow, hard one.
What is the most overrated gothic band?
I have given this question a lot of thought, and tbh I don’t think in real terms any Gothic or Gothic evolved band is overrated. Each band in their own way has fought and paid their dues to be where they are. It would be easy to say that this band from the 80’s or that band from the 80’s is overrated. But that would not be kind or correct. Back in the 80’s when the scene was more directly connected to the mainstream and had access to the mass media, also record labels had more money to spend on getting the bands press and exposure. Bands managed to get more well known and well known quickly. As a result their names have hung around in the public consciousness for a longer time. Bands in the 90’s had to rely on their own finances to a great extent and then like now, a band is only as famous as the amount of money they can afford to put into promoting themselves.
So yeah, no one is overrated in my opinion.
What is the most underrated gothic band?
As a direct reply to the above answer, I would say that all of them (us) are underrated as we have been marginalised by the mainstream mass media all over the world, but most particularly since the late 80’s when the mainstream decided that “Goth” was uncool and went about attempting to destroy the scene. In my opinion the music that the scene produces in all of it’s myriad ways ought to be exposed to a larger audience as good music is good music and music is for the people. Not just for an enclave created out of necessity.
In which band would you have liked to play live?
Play Dead and Hawkwind.
Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?
Things have been very quiet recently but in no particular order:
Angels Of Liberty
Grooving In Green.
Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?
Well it’s both, and many other music styles as well. As if you listen to a lot of differing music, you will have a more developed and broader mindset which will make you happier and it will enrich your life. Additionally, the kind of music you make will be equally enriched. There is nothing worse than musical narrow mindedness and in the long run it will cause any particular music style to stagnate and die. I personally want Gothic and Gothic evolved music to spread, grow, develop and be around forever!