Jen Dobson

Name of act: Jen Dobson

What's the line up?Just me

Where are you based?: Kettering.

Brief history: I started playing in church from when I was around 12 at various occasions around where I lived at the time. When I moved to Rothwell at 15 I attended the Wildfire Open Mic night at the Charter and met Stevie who enabled me to start playing the pubs of Northants (even though I wasn’t old enough to get in and so needed my dad to come with me!). Since then I have been gigging all around the Midlands, released an EP and started a degree in music.

What are your musical influences?: When writing my influences as Joni Mitchell, Grace Petrie and Martyn Joseph. However I listen to a wide variety of music from Orchestral music to Pop Punk.

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: The Old Market Inn

Do you have current mechandise? (If CD do we have a few copies to sell?). I have no copies left of my 2012 EP but will be recording a new EP later this year.

Plans for future: Carry on playing whenever and wherever I can whilst studying to teach music and eventually becoming a music teacher.

Where do you rehearse?: Wherever there’s a guitar!

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? We have a studio at uni with a wide variety of microphones that is a really nice place to write and record.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: I think that it’s easy to feel incredibly negative about the industry at any point in history. Obviously the corporate structures commercialise music as soon as it is a product, but that can be said about any form of art as a product, and any artist who is looking to live off their art is making it a product. Art and the commercialisation of art is a difficult topic because there is no clear distinction of what is ‘authentic’ and what is just created for product. I think that as long as the artist can say to themselves I am doing what I love and it is because of that love that i am doing what i’m doing then they’re on the right track whether they’re making their 4th successful album and have toured the world or whether they’re just playing pubs alongside their studies for the enjoyment/therapy of it like I do.

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: I think Xfactor has had it’s run. Maybe it’s time to focus on something else.

Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Make sure you’re doing what you’re doing because you want to do it and that you enjoy it! Don’t be afraid to go to open mics and support your local pubs while you’re at it!

Best link for people to check out your music?: www.soundcloud.com/jendobson

Dr X

Name of act: Dr.X
 
What's the line up?: Markus reeves slide guitar / vox rev Art Pridmore percussion
 
 Where are you based?: Leicester/ Northants
 
 Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: We met and jammed at an open mic.
 
What are your musical influences?: Seasick Steve , The Black Keys, The Cramps, Jack White
 
Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: Old Market Inn
 
 Do you have current mechandise? Yes EP's
 
Plans for future: Play more music.
 
Where do you rehearse?: At home.
 
 Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? Reevestock Studio.
 
 What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: The shit raises to the top as ever .. but dig under the surface and there's always brilliant music being made ... but it's not the age on the icon anymore.
 
If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: He'd be unconscious pretty quickly so nothing really.
 
 Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Enjoy it, don't get hung up on technique, play as many open mics as u can, get some stage miles in, NEVER be embarrassed about playing your own material.
 
Best link for people to check out your music: https://thedrxmusic.bandcamp.com/
 

Lew Bear

Name of act: Lew Bear

What's the line up?: Usually just me, but more and more often have Robert Barnett on lead.

Where are you based?: Daventry

Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: I was a percussionist in Folk Rock band Cross the Border, but played guitar a bit in spare time. When I moved back down from Scotland, just played guitar a bit more

What are your musical influences?: Show of Hands, Johnny Cash, Mad Dog Mcrea

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: The Artichoke

Do you have current mechandise? Yes, got a couple of different albums for sale - A Time and a Place, and Ripples.

Plans for future: Keep writing, keep playing, keep recording, and follow the yellow brick road wherever it leads.

Where do you rehearse?: Home

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? Record at home, but if I ever have money, Angus at Far Heath studios is a bit of a genius

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: Going against popular opinion I think it's great. We can all create whatever we want, and put it out for the world to hear. I've been found by people I'd have never before been found by, and found others to listen to I'd have never found before. The charts have always been mostly crap, so focus on the positives.

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: Your mobile phone got signal?

Tips for any young aspiring musicans/songwriters?: The vast majority of people will fail financially in this industry, so make sure to do what you enjoy so that at least it's worth the money

Best link for people to check out your music?: https://www.youtube.com/user/LewBearMusic
 
 

Behind The Settee

Name of act: Behind The Settee

What's the line up?: Jo Litten on vocals and guitar, Sophie White on viola/violin, Mike Gibson on electric bass and Jack Smith on piano.

Where are you based?: Rugby!

Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: Jo and Mike began Behind The Settee as an acoustic guitar duo back in 2012 and enjoyed three years of successful gigging, performing, gig promoting in Rugby for other local talent and album recording (Shrinking Violet). Jack joined on the piano in July 2015 and Sophie hopped onto our ever-expanding Settee in January 2016.

What are your musical influences?: What a question! To be honest there are too many. We love music, through and through, and don’t discriminate.

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: The one with the bridges (I think they mean White Swan Harringworth) and Joules Yard!

Do you have current mechandise?. We’re currently working on a second album now that our two-piece has become four, but our first album Shrinking Violet is available via us or a few copies in the Wildfire Shop.

Plans for future: Immediate plans include recording our second album, playing as many gigs and festivals as possible and seeing what lovely sounds we can create together.

Where do you rehearse?: Jack’s granny’s house.

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? We record at home with local recording talent Rambling Recordings.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: We don’t think about it too much, we just love making music.

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: Snog, marry or avoid: Cheryl Cole, Sharon Osbourne and Susan Boyle.

Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Number one tip: band practice is a safe place for all and any ideas. Listen, learn and love!

Best link for people to check out your music?: Our website: www.behindthesettee.com

 

Spacegoat


Name of act:
SPACEGOAT

What's the line up?: Phil Romeo - Vocals, Guitar. Benjamin Patterson - Vocals, Guitar. Michael Bradshaw - Beatbox. Gregg Dadson - Vocals, Bass Guitar. Bethan Scanes - Vocals. Kelly Scanes - Vocals.

Where are you based?: Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire.

Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: Born from several jam nights at local venues, an indie-pop band with classic song-writer vibes and a fun outlook on life. Taking a name for themselves that reflects their tongue-in-cheek attitude, Spacegoat strike forth with all the might of two guitars, bass, a beat-boxer and three part harmonies. No actual goats harmed. What started out as a three piece (Phil, Ben and Mic) became a four piece (Gregg), only to kidnap Bethan and Kelly Scanes years later from another open mic night.

What are your musical influences?: Barenaked Ladies, Jonathan Coulton, Spock’s Beard.

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: All of them. Wink.

Do you have current mechandise? Not yet.

Plans for future: Record music. Produce music. Profit. Having straddled the line between originals band and covers band for so long, we are now aiming to push towards finding suitable gigs to push our own sound.

Where do you rehearse?: A small, home studio where Phil usually sleeps.

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? The Practice Roomz in Stevenage, though we tend to record ourselves in a home studio to save precious pennies.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: We barely pay attention to it, what’s Kanye said now?

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: Where do you find such long trousers?

Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Go to more gigs, watch more performers and worry less about what other artists are doing. Make friends, not competitors. Keep writing and playing what you enjoy, not what you think people want to hear. Take an interest in sound and sound crew members at gigs. You could spend forever worrying about instant, viral success online... or you could actually perform to real people and enjoy yourself. It’ll make you a better musician.

Best link for people to check out your music?: www.facebook.com/spacegoatuk

Tamerlane



Name of act: Tamerlane.

What's the line up?: Patrick Cheatley on guitar and vocals, and Neil McFarlane on guitar and Cajon drum.

Where are you based?: Based in Corby.

Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: We formed about two - three years ago

What are your musical influences?: Musical influences range from people like, Ryan Adams, Frank Turner, Nick Drake, John Martyn to bands like Graveyard Johnnys, AFI, Alkaline Trio, Death Cab for Cutie, and loads more.

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: Has to be either Althorp Coaching Inn, or the Coach and Horses in Wellingborough.

Do you have current mechandise?: Wildfire sessions currently have a cd for sale from Patrick's solo days, but Tamerlane are currently working on new cd, should be ready for sale in the next few months.

Plans for future: At some point after our album is sorted, we plan to set up YouTube Chanel and have some music videos and live performances uploaded. Probably going to make an appearance on Corby radio at some point too, in the next few months. And just gig loads.

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? We always record our stuff at one of our homes, normally a cramped bedroom with endless amounts of cables,mic stands and guitars to fall over.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: The current state of the music industry, good question, but not one with a short answer really. If you are not into the kind of music considered mainstream, like the tedious crap they play on radio 1 and 2. You really have to go searching for good music. The industry is something I ironically endeavour to stay away from. No desire to become an over powdered over paid 1D lookalike. But unfortunately the majority of the population are the target of the music industry that pump their music out there, which stands the reason good music is hard to find. Unfortunately no one will join me in boycotting this issue so we must all live with this unfair state of music!

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: Something original and unexpected , like why is your fly undone, or Simon if this lift was going to space right now? How long do you think it would take to get there from here?

Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Write as much as you can, gig as much as you can, have fun, and make it up as you go along. Oh and always wear protection.

Best link for people to check out your music?: https://www.facebook.com/Tamerlane-533441246814007/

K.R.A.B

Name of act:   KRAB (Kingsthorpe’s Real Acoustic Band)
 
What's the line up?:  Pop Spencer & Gypsy Bob Matcham
 
Where are you based?: Kingsthorpe
 
Brief history - when/how did your band/duo form?: History - Well, just after the middle of the last century there was a marvelous music teacher called Miss Tarrant, she taught us well. As for forming, well, we took a lot of drugs, moved on to Special Brew and a harmonium then settled down to Rioja, Polish lager and guitars.
 
What are your musical influences?: Many & varied... Wild Man Fischer, Jimmy Clitheroe, Gene Autrey, Doris & Elsie Waters, Le Pétomane, Mrs Mills, Bengo, Lady Isobel Barnett, to name but a few.
 
Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: The Sunnyside was the first we played and has a place in our hearts, though it’s long since finished. Probably the best was The Tollemache Arms firework night in 2014, one of those nights when it all comes together. The Artichoke & Althorp Coaching Inn are great venues, too though.
 
Do you have current mechandise? No, unfortunately all 18 copies of the much sought after Well Dressed KRAB CD were sold and we are still waiting for new stock.
 
Plans for future: Live a little, love a little.
 
Where do you rehearse?: In our heads
 
Favourite local studio - or do you record at home? Stevie Rigsby’s Gran’s living room.
 
What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: Could do with a damn good thrashing.
 
If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell what would you say to him?: ‘I thought you were really good in Four Weddings and a Funeral’.
 
Tips for any young inspiring musicans/songwriters?: Let the air get to your legs – air in the legs flows up the body to the lungs, giving enhanced flexibility to the diaphragm leading to better vocal performance. Fact!
 
Best link for people to check out your music?:
https://soundcloud.com/krabmusic/tracks
https://www.youtube.com/user/krabonline
 

Robert Barnett

Name of act: Robert Barnett

What's the line up?: Robert Barnett - Guitar and Vocals

Where are you based?: Rugby, Warwickshire

Brief history: After playing in many varied bands and groups, I joined a band that completed me musically. Sadly, we broke apart, and the next year was filled with being messed around by cover bands and not enjoying music as a whole. Eventually I hit the acoustic open mic circuit with a few collaborators, and then one day I finally got the guts to just give it a go on my own.

What are your musical influences?: It's not secret that Nick Drake is my most prominent influence, though other incredible acoustic guitarists from that circle are also key figures for me: John Martyn, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Nic Jones, Jackson C. Frank, Richard Thompson etc. - they all influenced my acoustic playing style directly, yet in my time before acoustic playing, musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Peter Green, John Frusciante (all of the guitar heroes basically), and the blues, influenced me from a very early age.

Favourite Wildfire gig/venue you have played: The Althorp Coaching Inn. A beautiful place, and I met someone who had a very special, yet brief, impact on my life for the first time there.

Current Merchandise: I have two EPs available, 'Afterglow' & Seasons & Time', which I released quite a while back now. They're £2.50 each from: http://robertbarnett.bandcamp.com

Plans for future: As I'm typing this, I'm currently working on my dissertation for university, and holding down a job as a bartender, so music has taken a hit over the past few months. However, I'm planning on recording a full length album of original material, as well as an instrumental EP with Ben Jennings from Rambling Recordings! Hopefully this'll happen sooner rather than later!

Where do you rehearse?: A better question would be 'where don't I rehearse?' Where there's a guitar, there's a way.

Favourite local studio - or do you record at home?: I record largely at home, or in That Matt Good Music's bedroom. We'll have to see what Rambling Recordings has in store I suppose.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry overall?: It's sad, but I honestly think that when people say "there's no good music now-a-days", they're being incredibly ignorant. Musicians can be just as arrogant as audiences can be apathetic. It's a shame when art becomes merchandise, but it's the way it is. I play because I feel the compulsion to, not because I want my name in lights (though to do it as a full-time profession would be nice).

If you were stuck in a lift with Simon Cowell, what would you say to him?: Dare you to jump.

Tips for any young aspiring musicians/songwriters?: To master something, one must sacrifice even more. When I first started high school, I had very few people to call friends as I was practising in my room for at least 8 hours a day. Be meticulous, be devoted, and be passionate. You must remember though that you will always face negativity, particularly from other people, but often the harshest words we say are about ourselves.

Best link for people to check out your music?: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertbarnettmusic Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/robert-miles-barnett