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Do you have a process for writing your songs? / Which of you writes the songs?
A few of the songs have been ones that Andy's had for a while, but they were always just acoustic tracks that we built on. Most of the time though, it comes from just messing about at rehearsals. Andy and Adam write all of the lyrics. Adam in particular can think of lyrics about pretty much anything, very quickly. I might have the odd wee guitar idea now and then, which I'll give to Andy to mess about with.
Anyway, once again this has been less of a music review and more like the bathroom-stall-scrawled ravings of some half-baked acid casualty with a headful of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies… So I’ll close by saying hats off to Raze The Roof, not just for putting on a great show in their sister city (being based in Edinburgh) but for the tireless support of unsigned music they provide, they are the NHC of Edinburgh, and the Chicken Movement to your Yellow Movement. I caught up with organizer Antitax Pedro Juans outside and asked her the most basic journalistic question I could muster in my mangled state, how she felt the night went, she replied thusly;
What do you think about downloading music online?
Downloading music is great if you’re paying for it. If everyone just download music illegally, no one would bother becoming a musician. There would be no new music to illegally download.
No matter how quick and effective downloading an album can be, you can never beat holding a physical album in your hand.
How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?
I’ve been playing guitar since age 14. And kidding on to sing from about 19 or 20 years old.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Verging on Blues / Folk music. However, it is very difficult to bracket it. Those are perhaps most applicable.
I have to admit this is my first time hearing Richy Neill but after hearing this track that’s more shame on me because his first track ‘Father’s Words’ is a song that stays with you, almost haunting. It reminds me of the Black Stone Cherry song ‘Things my Father said’ although this is in no way an imitation and it just got to me, it's one of those songs you could listen to on repeat and just lose yourself in the lyrics and the soft instrumental undertone.
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...
I went home that night and listened to it a few more times. A couple of days later VUKOVI were in session with Uncle Vic on Radio Scotland, and I messaged my pal.
“Y’know… Animal’s really, really growing on me. I’ve had it on repeat quite a bit the last few days.”
“Haha, me too, I can’t get enough of it!”
And with that, we were both throughly hooked on “new” VUKOVI.
The record industry is, in comparison, very different to what our peers and idols had in the past. There are fewer bands getting signed and contracts are bigger. Well let me rephrase that, the contracts cover more. By example a record contract may state that not only are they taking a cut in your album/ single sales but a cut of the merchandise, touring and online sales. Effectively becoming what is called a 360 deal. Not only this but a record company will often put an outlying cost, a fund to pay for recording, that bands have to pay back. The bands never make the money back and so it begins again. I feel this is all down to circumstance, online music makes less. Consumers don’t buy CD’s as much as they used to...
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
I personally don't really know too much about the behind the scenes of the record industry but I can think of anything bands can't do for themselves anymore and one person told me it's frustrating being on a label. If you wanna be creative you wanna do it then and not wait 6 months till the label say OK, but I don't know as I'm not on that side of things so maybe a tad naive to it all.
I think first off, we need to realise that we are all equal.
The majority of us tend to be products of our environment, you see a lot of addiction in people who believe there is no other way.
There is less opportunity and drive in communities that are run down.
That sense of hopelessness.