A few weeks ago I was at Latitude Festival when I came across a band by the name of The Joy Formidable who blew me away. This rarely happens, especially considering I'd never heard anything by them before so I decided contact them to ask them a few questions! How did your name come about? After a drunken conversation outside a fire station if i remember rightly. One of our better inebriated suggestions. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?  I think it covers a lot of genres. Melodically it has a pop sensibility, but lyrically and rhythmically it has it's twists. Between the 3 of us, we have quite eclectic taste and I love that, it keeps it interesting. If you were given an opportunity to play one venue/festival in the whole world what would it be? I'd say Glastonbury. My english teacher on the last day of school signed my leaving book with " Bigmouth Strikes Again, the thorn in my side is gone! Remember me when you play Glastonbury" -that'd be a prediction fulfilled. I'm much quieter now too. Describe to us your best and worst gig experience To date, Latitude Festival stands out as one of my favourites. What a beautiful festival, all those lights and the forest and lake, it's a sensory delight. Worst gig was in Camden a few months ago, when all our equipment seized up and we momentarily turned into The Who. People fucking loved it though, my poor guitar. Could you briefly describe the music-making process? We have a makeshift- studio at our home in South London, our musical den. Rhydian and myself get the bare bones of recordings and songs written there. There's a lot of freedom that way to really fuck about. How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together? The more you play together, the more instinctive you become musically. We're looking forward to the day when we can lock ourselves away for a few weeks and really feel the chemistry! - time hasn't allowed that yet...we could emerge as the E-Street Band! What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Nothing serious as yet, just a continual series of mini challenges. How do you feel about piracy and illegal downloading? I come from a family of bootleggers. My dad used to plant the recording gear on me pre-gigs, because the bouncers at the Apollo were less likely to search an 8yr old! That old school bootlegging was a lot less detrimental on the artists I think, because people would circulate the live recordings, but still be hungry for the record. The internets changed that completely. But bands have to move with the times, and as long as they have a product that is exciting and innovative, people still like the genuine article. What do you feel the future has in store for you? It's ours for the taking. You were given unlimited money and given a chance to put on a festival. Where would the festival be and who would headline each day? I like the sound of that. I think I'd have it in Anglesey in North Wales with Bjork, Flaming Lips and Yes to headline.
Questions answered by Rhiannon Bryon
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