Band Interview: Long Day Living

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Long Day Living are a 3 piece band based in Prestwick who play mostly Indie/rock music and are made up of Stephen McLean on Bass/Guitars, Kenny Thom on Guitar/Vocals and Ken Yip on Drums & Percussion. I’ve reviewed Long Day Living’s music and if you want to check that out click here

So first of how did you all meet?
We all came together through the local open mic/jam scene in Ayr & Prestwick. Stephen (Bass) and I had got to know each other in a previous band, playing for a local singer/songwriter. When we left that band he was already putting something together with a couple of other guys, they asked me to join in and that was the start.

Where are you all from?
We’re all from Ayrshire. Mostly Prestwick.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?
Our ages range from early 20’s to early 40’s and so we’ve all been playing for different amounts of time, but I’d say we’re each quite seasoned individually.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I hate answering the genre question. I tend to say Indie/Rock as that can cover a variety of things. I’d invite people to have a listen to our stuff and let us know what genre they think we are. What do you think?

What are your influences?
Individually we all have favourite genres and styles that come into our playing. For my part I’d say early Radiohead & Travis, Crowded House for sure and a dose of Foo’s maybe?

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
We’ve played around with a few covers, standards like “Ain’t No Sunshine” but I’m more excited about adding new original material into the set this year. That said we’re always looking for that ONE cover that no one expects but which just works, you know?

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?
The name we simply pulled out of the lyrics from one of the first songs we played together before we added any original tunes. Answers on a postcard…

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?
I write the songs and then take what I have to the guys and together we play around with it. It might change over time before we’re all happy with it but it’s a fun process.

What are your rehearsals generally like?
Rehearsals are always fun. We want to make sure we sound good for gigs etc but I’ve found in the past if you work too seriously on it the fun can bleed away. And if it’s not fun, what’s the point?

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
Well I could personally tell you a story involving an open mic, Badly Drawn Boy and a shitload of Guinness, but as a band not really. The more we gig the more opportunities there’ll be I’m sure.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
We’ve been going 5 years now but this has always been a band somewhat in flux, so just keeping it going has at times been hard. When we started we were a 4 piece, with our mate Robbie also singing and playing lead guitar. He changed career early on which gradually made it harder to keep going as we were. He eventually left to focus on the job and we decided to carry on as a 3 piece and see where it took us. Then after another year just as we were preparing to record something Cameron (Drums) left for a new job too.

We knew Ken from the local scene and he was keen to jump on the kit and pretty much straight into recording. Now, two years on from then and only recently Cameron has come back (cos he missed us) and Ken has moved onto Keyboards (cos he can) and so the flux continues.To be honest the regular change keeps it fresh and interesting, and has never damaged the group dynamic. Quite the opposite. That along with friendship and a shared passion for the music keeps it all going.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
That’s easy. You can listen to a couple of studio tracks on our Soundcloud and find plenty of information, you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter

Have you released anything yet/if they have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
We released an 8 track album, “Then We Start A Fire” through LC Recordings last year. It’s kind of half where I’ve come from as a songwriter and half where we’re going as a band. It’s available across all the major digital download platforms, as well as on CD direct from ourselves or stocked in Big Sparra Vinyl in Ayr and hopefully soon the NHC Shop in Glasgow. We’ve had some good feedback so far but we are open to hearing all opinions and would love to read some more independent reviews too… We’re working on new material right now and will be looking at recording possibilities for a smaller release (maybe 2 songs) later in the year with any luck.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Mostly we’ve been gigging around Ayrshire, with occasional wee slots in Glasgow, where we always seem well received. This year we plan to play further across Scotland and establish more of a name for ourselves, especially in Glasgow to begin with.

What do you think about downloading music online?
Downloading Is fine, if the money makes it back to the artist. The simple fact is that illegal downloads always seem temptingly free but too much of that means the act (us) can’t carry on. This is true of artists on all levels of the business. Streaming’s much the same to be honest. We make pennies off streaming sites, but I understand more people are using them to sample music before downloading or buying a CD or vinyl copy. M’on the vinyl rebirth! I for one like a physical copy, it’s a tactile thing. And buying something physically reproduced keeps those industries going too, which can’t be bad.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
The industry is changing, fast and almost constantly. And I think if we all play our cards right it can shift the control and power of it back to the artist and the fans. I’ve never been great at cards though so I tend to focus on writing and performing, and we’ll see where that takes us.


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