It’s Mucka Jay here at Hard Rock Hell VI and I’m in the press, media and artist zone with a band called Slam Cartel, who we’ve been chasing for 12 months to try and get an interview! So, thank you very much guys for coming and joining us. You’re on stage in about 4 hours time, nerves kicking in yet?
No. Excited, looking forward to it. The nerves thing?… No, no nerves. We’re among friends.
You played Hammerfest earlier in 2012, and you were invited straight back for Hard Rock Hell. Is this your first Hard Rock Hell, and what do you think of the new location?
Its the first time we’ve done this isn’t it? The stage looks amazing, sounds good too.
On the one hand you’ve got a great time slot on stage tonight, but inevitably, because you’ve got a good time slot, it also means you’re clashing with a big band on another stage – in your case, Molly Hatchett. How does that make you feel?
Who? Never heard of ’em! Who are they? Don’t know!… Apologies to Molly Hatchett. Nah, I think a lot of people have come to see them to be honest, good band.
The album Handful of Dreams was released in July 2011. How has this been received by the media and your fans? and has it been as successful as you hoped?
Yeah great reception boys innit? Yea! Really good. Bands love it, been up and down the country touring. Been a great time you know, our last show is in Manchester on the 20th December and you know the album, yea great! We’ve been getting a load a radio airplay as well around the world.
Your cover of Talking Heads’ track Once In A Lifetime was nominated in 2011 for best cover song on the TBFM awards – why did you decide on that song to cover?
I wrote the music to a song, which was not Once In A Lifetime, obviously, and we were trying to get the right vibe for a song, and we compared it to a Jimi Hendrix thing and then it was like a Dave Byrne thing and it just so happens that the songs structure fitted in with Once In A Lifetime – so we went ‘right let’s do it’. I’m a big fan of the song anyway. People were saying ‘oh it’s a bit of a risk’, but you know I like it and its good to play it. It’s an exciting song, we put a little spin on it ourselves. We’ll play that tonight!
Will you really play that one tonight? Do you know what I’d absolutely fucking love that. I promise you I’ll be down the front! You’re currently unsigned. Any aspirations to become signed, to go down that road, or are you happy doing what you are doing?
I’ve been offered two deals and turned them both down. If the right deal came along I’d certainly look at it and be happy to sign it if it was right for us, but you know, no one’s giving money away at the moment.
We’ve read that you’re getting a lot of airplay in America. Do you have any plans to tour across into America in the future?
It’s a financial thing you know. There’s 6 of us, without the equipment. It’s a lot of money to do even to get to Europe, but if some one wants to take us over and pays us to play then we’ll do it, but you know but we certainly couldn’t do it ourselves.
So what are your plans for 2013?
A second album. March tour, do it all again.
Headline tour or planning on supporting any bigger bands?
Don’t know yet, we’ll see who’s around, who’s touring. See if we’ve got any contacts there, see if we can get any and try see if we can perform with the band and steal their fans.
Why not, that’s what its all about. Right guys, thank you very much for talking to us at TBFM. You’re on stage in a few hours and you’re still sober, so we need to sort that out first…
We’re sober on the stage, then we party!
I’ve seen bands this weekend already with Jack Daniels on the stage…
It’s herbal tea! It’s herbal tea in a Jack Daniels bottle!
Cheers guys, good luck tonight.