Band Interview: Red Hearted Vibrations

Red Hearted Vibrations

So first of how did you all meet?

Graham: I met Steven and Laura through my brother Craig, him and Steven were in a band whilst in high school.

Steven: Craig and myself have been friends since we were toddlers, we’ve played in many bands over the years and one band especially for 8 years solid. The singer is my sister and the bassist is Craig’s brother.

Where are you all from?

The bonny shores of Dumbarton – a town just outside of Glasgow.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Graham: I’ve been playing bass for almost 12 years now.

Steven: I’ve been playing drums since 1st year in school, so 15 years.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

Graham: A mixture of Jimmy Eat World and Fleetwood Mac.

Steven: I myself would say we are pop/rock.

What are your influences?

Graham: My personal influences are very wide. I take influence from bands such as The Smiths, Morrissey to bands such as Green Day, Rancid. Growing up it was the bassist Mike Dirnt from Green Day who spurred me on to learn bass.

Steven: Drumming wise I don’t really idolize and style myself on one drummer I like to take my favourite parts of different drummers styles and use them. If I had to pick I would say Nickelback bon Jovi and ed Sheeran are my go to.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

Graham: We do a little medley of Fleetwood Mac but you will have to see us live to find out what songs we do.

Steven: As of just now we’ve tried a few covers and the only one to stick so far has been a Fleetwood Mac number, a classic to be honest, although I feel we could be adding more to our repertoire very soon

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

Steven: Our name came from a Scottish poem called ‘Scottish fiction’ which was in an Idlewild song called The Remote Part.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?

Steven: Mainly I would say Craig’s the songwriter but once he’s wrote a melody and lyrics he brings it to the studio and we all put our individual input and they come together quite nice.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Graham: Very fun, there is something so great about playing your own music very loud.

Steven: Very relaxed which is good because no one can perform in a tense environment. We laugh a lot.

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

Graham: Sadly not yet although in a previous gig  I dropped my bass on my toe!

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Graham: Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana or basket case by green day.

Steven: Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Graham: I’d say recording our first song in a studio, it was a learning experience for me as I had never done that before.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

Graham: We just recently recorded a song called ‘circles’ in the amazing SoundShape studios in greenock and are playing our first gig at king tuts June 1st!

Steven: The song we released has went down great so far and we have a gig at tuts lined up which is amazing for our debut gig.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Graham: I haven’t played too many shows but I have oddly enough played gigs with my brother Craig at the ABC in Glasgow.

Steven: I’ve performed a lot of places over the years but mainly tuts n barrowlands 2 come to mind. Favourite venue is tuts. Least favourite is anywhere with a million stairs into it haha.

What do you think about downloading music online?

Graham: It’s certainly a means to access music, I don’t have any problems with it so long as you support the artist by buying the odd t-shirt.

Steven: It’s very convenient and a great idea but there are too many illegal downloads happening but that doesn’t really bother me as long as people are listening to our song haha.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

Graham: I could go a very long winded rant so I best not.

Steven: A lot of good bands go unnoticed and people who can’t sing but look pretty get fast tracked it’s just not right. It says to young people as long as you look good you’re talent can take a back seat.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?

Graham: Does it have to be one person? It would have to be either Frank Turner as he’s just awesome and I’d love to chat to him about punk Rock music and history. For a person that has passed away, I’d say Bill Hicks as it would be fascinating to hear his views on certain topics that we are going through today.  
Steven: Freddie Mercury because he’s the only person on my list of singer’s to see live that is impossible today. He would have some great stories from the old days of queen.


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