Interview: Richard Martin
Pistola Kicks are one of Sheffield's most promising acts, called "The most exciting and promising band in Sheffield." by Iain Hodgson of BBC Radio and having songs pop up in advertising campaigns for Umbro, they're definitely on the rise. I got the chance to ask lead singer Richard Martin a few questions. How old were you when you first started to play music? Was there a particular moment when you decided you wanted to become a musician? I started to have an interest in musi... (continued)
Pistola Kicks are one of Sheffield's most promising acts, called "The most exciting and promising band in Sheffield." by Iain Hodgson of BBC Radio and having songs pop up in advertising campaigns for Umbro, they're definitely on the rise. I got the chance to ask lead singer Richard Martin a few questions. How old were you when you first started to play music? Was there a particular moment when you decided you wanted to become a musician? I started to have an interest in music when I was about 10, I used to play on an old school Piano during breaktime, The dinner lady would drag me away but i'd always sneak back. It was not until I was 17 that I actually picked up a guitar. I was listening to Pink Floyd (A Saucer full of Secrets) smoking an obligatory spliff. Then I listened to Pink Floyds (Wish you were here) and loved the acoustic guitars played in that particular track. That was when I decided and consequently the first song I learnt. And how did the band come about? I advertised with posters around sheffield asking for musicians and friendship, no-strings. Yeah, just used posters. You're building up quite a legacy of drummers, almost like Spinal Tap! How easily did you feel Ed Evans slid into his role as the new drummer? Ed is a very talented drummer and he has found it easy taking over Ally's role. It's probably difficult for him coming in to a band already formed but we are only a young band ourselves and we have plenty of new material for him to put his own stamp on. We can't wait for the new year! What would you say has been the highlight of your musical career so far? The Ep Launch was a very enjoyable gig to play and I would say it was the Highlight for me so far. Followed closely by the gig with The Holloways. Top bunch of Lad's. Lots of smaller bands collapse because of how fickle the music industry is, were Pistola Kicks ever near to disbanding? Haha...at this early very early stage in our musical career revealing secrets like that could be musical suicide. No...we have not thought about disbanding but don't get me wrong, we want to kick the fuck out of each other now and again. Who are your biggest musical influences? Pulp would be my biggest musical influence from Sheffield, Oh and the Long Pigs. More current though; Muse, Kasabian, Vampire weekend, Maccabees, Hawley, there are lots. After being branded the âmost exciting and promising band in Sheffieldâ What do you think it is about Sheffield that produces such great artists? It's stems back from the 1980's really I guess. The Steel industry was going down the pan and unemployment started to reach new highs. So someone on the Council had the idea of tapping into the music industry to get some coin back into sheffield. They decided to create a music scene that generated income but in order to do that they needed an infastructure for the music industry. So the council began to fund projects related to music, a recording studio was built to bring in top acts, live music venues dotted around sheffield were needed to showcase the local talent etc. The Sheffield city trust owns Sheffield International Venues and operates hallam FM arena, as well as the City Hall and 13 other venues for music, entertainment, sport including Red Tape Studios which trains aspiring musicians. However, I think council backing is only a small part of it as there are other venues that have been commited to growing the music scene for the past 30 years such as the Leadmill and the Boardwalk. Music seems to surround us in sheffield and I think that is why it produces great musicians. âFriday Nightâ was featured in the Umbro advertising campaign for football, are you a big fan of football? No I'm not a fan of football really! I was amused when they asked us to use the track Friday Night. Had you not been in a band what do you think you would be doing instead? Not sure, the thought hadnât crossed my mind. Probably write the jokes you put inside Christmas or something shit like that, you only have to work once a year and the jokes don't have to be any good either. Unless that is I supplied the jokes for the Marks and Spencers Christmas crackers, those crackers are on a different level. If you could play with any musicians living or dead, who would it be and why? David Gilmore, guitarist from Pink Floyd. He's a top guitarist, singer and songwriter. If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I'd play a gig at Abbey Road Studio's because its legendary. Finally, What advice would you give to aspiring musicians? It's got to be 100 percent or nothing. If you have any doubts whatsoever about your songs or own ability then you may as well give up now.
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