Introducing our “In The Chair” series, where we sit down with a member of band and find out what makes them tick. First up our front man, Carl.
What do you bring to the band?
Ugh, difficult question when I like to be modest and a closet introvert. Ironically, I’m the “front man”. I jump around and try to shout in key with a certain level of charm and charisma. If you’re up for a good time, I’ll give you a great time (insert smiley face here).
What’s your worst or most embarrassing gig?
Worst.. I guess just when people aren’t interested. Rather watch football or something. Might as well not be there. I did a solo freebie the other day for a retirement home. Half were asleep, the others, just annoyed I was playing over the top of Dickinson’s real deal. Most embarrassing, I fell backwards over a monitor at Faversham hop festival and if there wasn’t any support bars I would have rolled right back off the stage haha. Funny more than embarrassing.
Hasn’t happened yet but I dread doing a gig with a cold and getting a snot bubble randomly appear and latch on to the mic and me forming a limp goo bridge. .. sexy.
What’s the song you look forward to playing most in the set?
I quite like the Queen ones. Just feels good to be able to pull one off, plus they’re quite dramatic and theatrical to play to. Channel a bit of Freddie and Bowie.
Who are your favourite artists or the ones that have influenced you most?
U2, The Beatles, David Bowie, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley… Man there’s loads but they definitely made an impact on how I approach performing, writing and playing music.
What drink should you I get you at a gig if I’m feeling generous?
Any lager really I guess. I’m grateful either way. Can be a bit difficult to finish off a set if you can’t wet your whistle so I muchos appreciado x
Outside of the band, how do you spend your time?
If I’m not complaining about how much I hate being at work I’m usually looking after my awesome daughter. Don’t really have much time for anything else. Have been meaning to get back to writing again, just for funsies. I do like to keep busy musically so have my fingers in many musical pies. I have found, for me personally, the best aid for anxiety and depression is just to keep the brain busy. If I’ve time to sit and think, the mind starts to wonder.