About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
Scant Regard is my solo surfy twanging electro pumping solo project which I do when I’m not playing guitar with Adam Ant, The Selecter, She Made Me Do It and Rachel Stamp. I’ve done 5 albums, the latest of which Skipping Over Damaged Area has just been released.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Probably the music in Fantasia the Disney movie.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
First album was Disney’s The Jungle Book (a pattern emerging!) and first single was The Specials’ Ghost Town.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
I started hacking guitar lessons when I was 9 and did all that classical grades.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
All classically trained until I was 16 and then I started writing songs and joined a band. It was definitely an amazing basis to spring off into the music I’ve done ever since.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Bands like Depeche Mode and Cabaret Voltaire. Lots of electronic stuff really.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Probably hearing Hendrix’s live version of Bleeding Heart. That’s when I knew an instrument could talk as comprehensively as a voice.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Probably Depeche Mode on the Black Celebration tour.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Yeah love Steely Dan, Roxette and Toto.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
Latest album just came out but I’m just finishing a covers EP called BUTCHERIZATION which will be our very soon – if not already.
Where and when did you record it?
The latest album was recorded at home and on tour over the last year.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
With Scant Regard it’s quite experimental and most of the writing happens in tandem with the recording. I just mash a whole load of riffs and ideas together and use the recording process to make sense of it all and then it’s finished.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
Constant bludgeoning over the head on any social media platform available!.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
I’m in North London and it seems to be just about thriving ok. Compared to central London it is for sure. I hear of new live venues opening up quite often round here whereas in the West End I only hear of them closing.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
Yeah but like anywhere it’s easy to exhaust the possibilities so you have to travel and look a bit further if you want to expand.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
More venues really. And less pay to play places. Unbelievably these still exist.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
And it ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
Always check your patch leads before an audition.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
All the bands I play with are touring a lot more now which is good. I’m very happy to adapt to playing more gigs as that’s my favourite part.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
It’s helped me a lot especially with my own music. Although it was better in some ways to have the financial backing from a label the chances of everyone at that label totally understanding what you want to do and being behind you and caring are very slim. Being forced to take control is not necessarily a bad thing.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
London gigs coming up and one in LA in November. All dates up at scantregard.com
I also have a West Coast US tour with The Selecter and two London Christmas gig with Adam Ant.
Then I’ll try and get album number six out early next year.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
Just working with more people I haven’t worked with before and bringing those new experiences back into what I do on my own.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Would love to support Depeche Mode.
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