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Beyond The Festival 2014 Interviews by Iona

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We were delighted when Iona got in touch again this year to volunteer at goNORTH. Not only did she know what she was doing (there is nothing like an experienced and safe pair of hands during a busy two day event) but she has motivation, enthusiasm and a deep rooted interest in the music industry. With her own music review blog Gig 'n' Mix and since goNORTH is all about developing creative talent we asked her last year if she wanted to write a blog for goNORTH, which you can read here.  It seemed only natural to invite Iona back for some post festival chat with some quick fire Q&A's for a hand picked selection of this year's showcasing acts.

Mixing desk

Hello! I'm Iona. I had such an amazing time at the festival in 2013 I knew that I definitely wanted to come back and volunteer again! goNORTH 2014 was great, I got to meet loads of new people and the music showcases at night were brilliant. I found out about a whole load of new bands and met a lot of them too. I was really excited to be asked to do the interviews again for the goNORTH blog! Since volunteering at goNORTH last year, I have completed my Events course at Moray College and am now I am hopefully going to move to Glasgow to study Music Business. I still go to heaps of gigs and have my music website Gig ‘n’ Mix, which I use for gig reviews, interviews and music. New this week - We Came From Wolves...

Dr Wook

Dr. Wook aka Kris Douglas, also known for being in The Whiskys, is a singer songwriter from Inverness. Kris has only been performing as a solo artist for almost a year but you would think he had been playing solo his whole life. He brings a number of different instruments to the stage including guitar, banjo, kick drum and a loop pedal, which all create an amazing sound as if there was a band there behind him. Dr. Wook has recently released his debut EP Never Behind.

Dr Wook

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter a submission to showcase?

I chose goNORTH as it’s a great festival for networking not just with musicians but also with all aspects of the entertainment industry and learn more about the business side of what we do.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

My favourite part of the whole festival is the buzz around Inverness. Meeting old and new friends and making contacts with folk.

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

I played The Phoenix Ale House on Wednesday the 4th (June). The place was jumping for an acoustic stage and I also launched my debut E.P Never Behind that went down really well also.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

Unfortunately due to work commitment’s I was unable to attend any of the seminars, which was disappointing, but I was lucky enough to attend some before the festival at The Ironworks and also in previous years.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

Yeah I caught as much as I could over the 2 nights. Our Future Glory was a band that really stood out to me. They have a really hard hitting sound and a great energy too.

What are your plans next?

My plans next are just to keep on plugging the E.P. Ive got some shows coming up I’m really looking forward too and make a start on the next record as well.

Where can people find your music?

www.facebook.com/drwookmusic

www.soundcloud.com/dr-wook-1

www.drwookmusic.bandcamp.com

 

Lionel

Lionel are an indie/rock band from Inverness. The band formed in 2012 and is made up of Joshua Mackenzie, Ross Haddow, Russell Montgomery and Gogo McKerrow. The band have played many shows around Scotland including gigs in Nice ‘n’ Sleazy in Glasgow, The Ironworks and Belladrum Festival in the Highlands.

Lionel

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

Ever since I started playing in and around Inverness goNORTH has always had a significant presence each year, so I think for ourselves and every other local band it's kind of obligatory to apply to seek the benefits the festival can provide and also just to be part of it.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

This year was brilliant. Caught up with a lot of fellow musicians I hadn't seen in a while, which was cool. Would be hard to enjoy anything more than performing though!

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

We played in the Ironworks, which was a delight. I think we played as well as we could have. We even threw in a new number, which is always a risk for an important gig but we really wanted to keep it fresh. The place was packed as well, which was rather overwhelming! Definitely a success on our part.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

Unfortunately we didn't manage to make any of the seminars, but I did catch up with a few of the speakers after our gig on the final evening and received a tip or two...

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases, which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

Well we got to the Ironworks early on and watched the acts on before us. Broken Ravens were fantastic, they had some really meaty riffs on the go. Also the Schnarff Schnarff lads put on a solid show as per, but Broken records who were on after us really impressed me. You can tell they have been at it a while, very eclectic and really solid musically.

What are your plans next?

We have a fair few big gigs coming up we are very excited about. Lips sealed for now of course. That, and also we are heading into the studio again at some point to succeed where we have failed previously to do ourselves justice from a production point of view.

Where can people find your music?

www.facebook.com/Lionelbandsco

https://soundcloud.com/lione1

 

We Came From Wolves

We Came From Wolves are an alt/ rock band based in Perth. The band is made up of Kyle Charles, James Burgess, Rob Whytock, Harrison White and Taylor White. In 2012 the band released their debut EP Cope and then went on to release two more, Crosses and Paradise Place.

We Came From Wolves

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

We have known about goNORTH for a while, as it has a good reputation and is well known to be a great opportunity for bands. The decision to enter to be part of the showcases was a simple one - as a band we always look to take any opportunity that arises and put ourselves in the best place possible for our music to be heard.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

We had a really great day and arrived reasonably early on the Thursday as we had a live session for Radio goNORTH and also just wanted to catch as much of the festival as possible really. The atmosphere in the town was great and it was really refreshing to see so many like minded people all in one place at the same time. There were lots of highlights during the day from the radio session, to the free bar, but I think we would be lying not to say that we enjoyed our own show and the reaction of the crowd the most.

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

We played our showcase set at Deano's and we think it went really well. The venue was already pretty busy before we started our set and by the time we were a few songs in the place was mobbed. It's always an amazing feeling to play a packed out show and on this occasion it really helped us to step it up a notch and do our best to give the crowd a special performance. From the reactions we got afterwards, I think we made a pretty good job of this.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

We spent quite a lot of our time at the radio studio and networking with loads of people who we either hadn't known until the day or, who we knew of but hadn't had much time to properly talk to previously. goNORTH was a great opportunity to meet industry professionals we wouldn't normally meet.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

We went to a couple of showcases and saw bands like Vladimir, Baby Strange and Hector Bizerk who were all fantastic. Although we weren't able to go to her showcase, Rachel Sermanni stood out to us in a huge way. We were lucky enough to catch her performance for Radio goNORTH and were, like all of the room, stunned into silence by her amazing voice and awesome guitar playing and songwriting! It was a really special moment and we were grateful to have been able to be there to witness it.

What are your plans next?

10th July: Green Room, Perth

12th July: T in the Park, Kinross

25th July: Wickerman Festival, Dundrennan

30th August: King Tuts, Glasgow (Headline show)

Where can people find your music?

Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8bYHNwuYx5xyQ6jQsu6gkQ

Bandcamp - http://wecamefromwolves.bandcamp.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wecamefromwolves

 

Dante

Dante are an Alt/Folk/Rock band from Edinburgh. The band is made up of Seán McLaughlin, Stephen Thom, Vicky Gray, Ruaridh Kidd and Stuart Hosking. In 2013 the band released their debut album Wake and also brought out the first single from the album Cheen, which was then followed by Son and No Original Art.

Dante

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

There was a lot of buzz about goNORTH in the first half of the year. We were playing at a similar event in Perth called Words & Music, and as that drew to a close everyone was getting pretty excited about the prospect of heading up to Inverness a few months later. We chose to enter because it’s a great place to network and show the Scottish music industry what you can do, we’ve always had a great time playing in Inverness, and where else can you see sixty of Scotland’s best new bands and artists in two days?

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

We had a brilliant time and the best bit of the festival was the fact that all the bands were being incredibly supportive of each other’s music. Folk were making a special effort to get along to as many shows as possible – we found that really refreshing and really made us feel like we were part of a wider Scottish music scene.

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

We played at The Room pretty early on in proceedings on the Thursday night. I think The Youth and Young and Bronagh and the Boys were playing at the same time as us so we were especially chuffed that a good number of people had made the decision to come and see us. I think the show went really well – we got a little over-excited and made a wee bit more noise than normal but such is the unpredictable nature of live music, I suppose. It was pretty punk… I hope.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

I didn’t personally – I spent my whole time looking for live sets and so hung around the Radio goNORTH live broadcast area for a fair bit. I saw great acoustic sets from Siobhan Wilson and We Came from Wolves. We had dinner and a few beers with Rob from the latter and the guys from Saraseto and Meraki records so I still got to chat to folk.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

I got to loads and lost track of most of the other guys from my band till about 2am. There were so many amazing performances but, thinking specifically about acts that stood out for whatever reason (aside from Siobhan Wilson and We Came From Wolves), I would add Broken Records and Angus Munro to that list. Angus Munro’s set was outstanding and really different from most of what I had seen that night, and Broken Records just seemed like the most professional outfit of the evening – it was like watching a less chaotic Arcade Fire. Incredibly well-rehearsed and brilliant tunes. 

What are your plans next?

We’ve got a load of shows booked over the summer, actually. We’re busy right up until October when we’ll be taking a break to finish the new album but the next show is Friday 25th July - Wickerman.

Where can people find your music?

www.dantemusic.com
Facebook
@wearedante

 

Schnarff Schnarff

Scharff Schnarff are a grunge/pop band based in Glasgow, made up of Myles Bonnar, Richard Douglas, Brian Farquhar, Andrew McLean and Jamie Douglas. This year, the band released their debut self-titled EP, which was released through Electric Honey Records.

Schnarff Schnarff, copyright Paul Campbell/HIE

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

The five of us are lucky enough to be from Inverness so we have had the chance over the years to attend the festival. We have always really enjoyed it and after forming the band we immediately set about getting on the line-up.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

We thoroughly enjoyed our festival experience. It was great to be able to play in front of such a big crowd and the atmosphere around the city in general was fantastic.

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

We were extremely lucky to be playing at the Ironworks, which is a superb venue. We feel like we are improving every time we play so despite the gig going really well, we set ourselves extremely high standards and know we can improve.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, the majority of us only arrived in Inverness on the Thursday morning. We did manage to make it along to the Town House on the Thursday evening and that was really enjoyable. We got chatting to Jim Gellatly and Vic Galloway later on in the evening.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases, which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

Our bassist Brian caught Dr. Wook on the Wednesday and he has been raving about him ever since. We were also very impressed by Broken Ravens and Lionel, who played with us at the Ironworks on the Thursday evening.

What are your plans next?

We headlined the King Tuts Summer Nights festival on 20th July and played the goNORTH stage at Wickerman festival. We have also been given the privilege of opening the main stage at the Tartan Heart Festival (Belladrum) on the 8th August. So...between now and then we will be practicing a whole lot and making sure we continue to improve for every performance. goNORTH was the start of a really exciting period for us and we are on a real high right now.

Where can people find your music?

Schnarff Store: SchnarffSchnarff.bigcartel.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/schnarff-schnarff-ep/id848315016

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/3wLwIXrMSdoHSVqYsL3UQO

GooglePLAY: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Schnarff_Schnarff_Schnarff_Schnarff_EP?id=Btpa2mddnskykiycav2k4eb2amq

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnx2gm4eaZZpQiNhmEMCLrg

www.soundcloud.com/schnarffschnarff

www.SchnarffSchnarff.com

Or get in touch via:

www.facebook.com/SchnarffSchnarff

@Schnarffbeys

 

Silver Coast

Silver Coast are an alt/rock band from Inverness. They formed in 2012 and are made up of Aaron Murray, Michael Cappie, Jason Simpson and Michael McCulloch. This year, the band release their first single Believe, which is available for free download and can be heard on Soundcloud.

Silver Coast, copyright Paul Campbell/HIE

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

I have known about goNORTH for a couple of years now and really felt like it was time to have our slice of the cake.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

We had an absolutely amazing time. It blew us away just how many people were there supporting and learning more about their passions. The seminars we went to and the people we met were just awesome!

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

The show at the Room was incredible! The turn out was more than what we could have hoped for and having Vic Galloway and Marc Strain (Fatherson) there watching and enjoying us was an honour.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

One of the seminars we attended was Demo Jury. This gave us a really good insight as to what labels actually look for and we had a good few conversations with national and international labels.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases, which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

We caught, Algernon Doll, United Fruit, Pale Honey, to name but a few. Pale Honey from Sweden are definitely ones to watch for the future.

What are your plans next?

We have some really big announcements coming up and some cool shows. A new guitarist (Michael McCulloch) will be making his first appearances with us soon too so looking forward to that. Lots to keep us busy!

Where can people find your music?

You can hear us via facebook.com/silvercoastmusic

Our new website: https://silvercoastmusic.wordpress.com

YouTube.com/silvercoastmusic

 

Culann

Culann are a rock band from Irvine in Ayrshire. The Scotttish band, made up of PJ Kelly, Sean Kelly, Greg Irish, Ross McCluskie and Calum Davis, released their debut self titled album in 2012 and went onto release their new single ‘All Reverie’ earlier in 2014. Culann also won the SAMA award for ‘Best Rock/ Alt’ in 2013.

Culann, copyright Paul Campbell/HIE

How did you find out about goNORTH and what made you chose to enter to be part of the showcases?

We were contacted by goNORTH & asked to come and play one of the showcase events. We applied to play as it’s a fantastic thing to be a part of and something that all of us were really enthusiastic about.

How was your time at goNORTH and what did you enjoy most from the whole festival?

The festival as a whole was brilliant; there is a great vibe around Inverness during it. Whether there is a band you want to watch or a seminar you want to catch its very interesting on all levels.

What venue did you play in and how do you think your gig went?

Our set was at The Market Bar, which was cozy.  I don’t know if we have played anywhere like that before with the audience so close but it was a great experience.

Did you get the chance to go along to any of the seminars during the day? If so did you get any tips or get the chance to meet any of the speakers?

We went to a few of the seminars which were really insightful and opened our eyes to certain things that we might not have noticed before.

Did you manage to get along to any of the other showcases which were on at night over the two days of the festival? Were there any of the other musicians who stood out to you?

We caught some great acts, highlight would be Hector Bizerk & Algernon Doll.

What are your plans next?

We actually are taking a break from playing shows at the moment to focus on writing as we are heading back into the studio in December. We do have one show before then, which will be on 29th November at Broadcast in Glasgow.

Where can people find your music?

Our album / latest single is available on itunes/bandcamp/spotify

Our social media pages are:

www.facebook.com/culannband

www.twitter.com/culann