If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
Better than pirate metal.
How did you get into music?
I first wanted to create comic books. I later discovered comic books didn’t fly through the air, enter some holes in your body and change your life.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I saw the 1980 Flash Gordon film when I was 11 or 12 and was awed by the soundtrack. I went silly with the zip-a-dee-doo-dah of it all. It’s fun, though.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Haven’t performed enough to say, but YouTube has some good applause simulators.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
I think I’d like to manifest the unpredictability of the age and my personal life through music, but that might too heavily depend on life being a farce. All I know is this: be authentic, and hope you’re interesting.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Why is music important to you?
I think it’s the best thing around. It’s the most life-affirming thing and the thing which most closely resembles actual magic. Whether it’s a funeral march, or a song about signing on, it can make any aspect of life seem important. I think that’s the point.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Thelonious Monk’s Misterioso – favourite album.
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