So, for anyone unfamiliar with yourself, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here –
Blackjack Love has been around for a few years now, originally it was just me (Azza), & I recorded/produced our debut album ‘Bullets & Blues’, with a fellow producer/drummer. I met our current drummer Matt Wonder years ago when he was in another band at a charity gig. I was going up to a Chelsea game and walked past him sat in a boozer with his old man and they started shouting obscenities at me so we went in a had a drink with them. I was telling him I was looking to put a band together etc etc & he told me he was the new drummer. Our Bass player, Brother Sam, I found him lying in the street with a bass guitar with no strings on it and an empty bottle of Jack. As for our rhythm guitarist, Brother Nick (they’re not related) he was there when we got to the practice studio (But really Matt Wonder recruited him).
Tell us about what you are currently up to –
Our current single ‘Before I Leave’ is available for download on all streaming/music sites. The video is on YouTube for your pleasure. We have another single coming out in the near future. We’re also working on new material to record & release!
What is next for you?
Get back gigging is top of the list! It’ll all fall into place from there, whenever that will be. Then just get on with touring, record a new album etc etc. We have a load of new material to record. Get some new merch made. Yea we got our hands full for the time being.
Who are you influences/inspirations?
(Azza) My uncle was my biggest influence in music. I used to go to record shops with him as a kid. He used to make me tapes of all different music, The Clash, Curtis Mayfield, The Damned, Rage Against The Machine, Booker T & The MG’s. All sorts really. But the first song that made me wanna play guitar is Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. I remember being a kid & watching the video.
(Brother Nick) I heard the opening lick to Boom Boom Boom from John Lee Hooker & that was it.
As for influences, Jimi Hendrix/Led Zeppellin/Queens of The Stone Age/Marvin Gaye/Curtis Mayfield/Joe Strummer/Oasis/Foo Fighters…..the list could go on & on!