Band Interview: Savona

Savona Band Photo

So first of how did you all meet?

Well Wes and Gareth have been close friends for about 12 years and then we met other members of the band Ram & Pablo (before they left with work commitments) through a mutual friend in Edinburgh and the music blossomed from there. More recently we met the Australians and they have been jamming/collabing with us since.

Where are you all from?

Wes and Gareth hail from the East End of Glasgow.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Wes has been playing guitar for almost 20 years and has been writing songs for 6 or 7 years
Gareth has been “playing microphone” for almost a decade but has been producing music for over 20 years.

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

Indie / hip-hop mash up.

What are your influences?

Wes is greatly influenced by Kelly Jones / Kyle Falconer / Noel Gallagher and Gareth is influenced by ODB / Eminem / Mike Shinoda amongst many others including loads of other Scottish rappers.

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

No we write all totally original music.

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

SavonA is a province in Italy where Wes grandfather was born.

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

Try to find a concept and then build chords and if possible a hook or chorus and then build from there once we have bare bones laid. We both write our respective parts since Wes is a singer and I’m a rapper it’s different writing styles.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Usually we would have a few refreshments and run a set as if we were playing a gig and run over the set list in order and usually in quite a high energy manner.

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

Yeah we played Eden festival this year and once we arrived Wes realised that he had forgotten to take his girlfriend.

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Wes – Ocean Colour Scene / Day We Caught The Train.

Gareth – Arrested Development / Everyday People  / DJ KOOL.

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

Finding times is always hard as we both work full time jobs and have other family commitments so life can get in the way but we find a way to work round these obstacles. To overcome this we have utilised the powers of the internet by sending each other ideas on social media and working on them when we are together.

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

Check us out on Facebook and we have music on Gareth’s Youtube Channel or we also have an Instagram where you can find links to videos etc.

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

We have a demo recording of our track ‘Past Comes Calling’ on Gareth’s YouTube channel but this is a stripped back version with just Wes and Gareth on it but we are currently working on an EP / album and this should be released in the near future.

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

We’ve played all the usual Glasgow venues from smaller ones like The box to Sleazys and bigger stages like Classic Grand / King Tuts and O2 ABC.

And we have upcoming shows at O2 academy (26th july) and T bar in Ayr on 19th July amongst other ….check our Facebook page for more details.

What do you think about downloading music online?

We think it’s a minefield … since the “rise of the mp3” it’s been increasingly difficult for artists to make money when you consider online music but if you have a solid fanbase then the real heads will want to purchase your music regardless. You just have to try and make your sound accessible to as many people as possible.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

It’s not the institution it’s used to be but I think if you work hard enough to build your fanbase and couple your music with merchandise and tours you can still be successful but it’s becoming increasingly hard for artists to make a living from music.

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

Wes – Kelly Jones as I’m sure he can show me some dishes I’ve never had and dinner conversation would be right up my street.

Gareth– Robert Carlyle as he’s such an excellent actor and I’d love to pick his brains about growing up in Glasgow and how it plays a part in his acting.


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