NHC Music Chats To Big Black Mariah

Hi there Big Black Mariah! I have spoken to one or two of you personally since you guys formed, but we just had to get you on the website as soon as, as we have heard bloody great things already! So please start us off then by telling us a bit about yourselves and the band then? How did you guys form, and when did you meet?

Del (Bass) and Andy (Guitar) went to school together and played in a band years ago. It’s quite strange how they have come full circle to work together again.

Tom (Guitar) and TJ (Drums) had worked together more recently.

Jay (vox) had planned to start a new band about a year ago and it took about that length of time to secure the line-up. It was a case of asking friends in the biz (and friends of friends) “do you know any drummers, guitarist etc”

We all have plenty of miles on the clock but it seems the chemistry that we have has produced something quite interesting and special. Better late than never eh! The band all originate from Glasgow and it’s periphery except Jay who is from London but is now classed as an honorary weegie.

I see you guys have already started racking up some gigs in the calendar for 2018, any one that you are specifically looking forward to?

This might sound like a band cliché but it’s fair to say, we look forward to all our gigs - that next gig is the one we know we can make even better, We exist to play live and putting on a great live performance is what BBM are all about. It’s also early days, we take what’s given, similar to other bands starting out. We are playing all over the central belt in the coming year. It’s the only way to prove that we can deliver the goods.

One of your aims seems to be to shake off the boring mainstream musical attitudes that pervade some of the local city music scenes of late. Do you think people have just settled into this musical lull by accident? Or is it more the venues that keep booking the same, safe bands over and over again, rather than taking a risk on something new and a bit more explosive?

We’ve talked about this a lot and it’s probably a bit of both. BBM feel the live scene is saturated with nostalgia, tributes and celebrations of artists of a bygone era, and some still very much alive! This is not a criticism, but the sad reality of the music scene today, it crowds out peoples’ access and ability to discover new bands doing original material. The venues book them as they know they will pull in the crowds and the punters go for a bit of nostalgia. There are tribute bands to musicians who are still very much on the live circuit, perhaps the rising costs of large venue ticket prices are also pushing people towards the smaller tribute gigs. Original bands need a chance to air their own material and play to new people. This is how you hone your craft and build an audience. There seems to be a lot of musicians around. Are they any good? Only the gig goers know the answer. This is why we, and other original bands, have to get out there and venues need to be supportive. There’s no harm in a bit of nostalgia but there are a lot disenfranchised music fans out there who want to taste something new.

Some of your band members have been in other pretty superb bands in the past, so I am guessing you have quite the extensive gig history between you. Who else on the scene would you advise we look out for? Any personal band favourites of your own?

The Biscuit Tin Collective,

Halo Tora

Jamie & Shoony

Korova

The Twistettes

Herbert Powell

So what made you guys get into music in the first place, musical heroes, or family members urging you on?

We were all privileged and fortunate to grow up at a time that witnessed the explosion of many fine artists across different genres. Playing in a band was the natural thing to do growing up. Fortunately, none of us have lost our love and enthusiasm for music. Contemporary music belongs to everyone now. There are people in their 70’s who saw the Stones and are still going out to gigs now. It unites people regardless of age, colour or creed. Music is so important and relevant in our culture but we must look forward as well as back.

So the floor is yours, anything new coming up you can share with the readers? When do you hit the stage next? Any new releases on the horizon?

A 3 track EP planned for early spring, full album towards the end of the year and a full calendar of live dates with some juicy support slots later in the year.

So whats the aim?

If we can gain recognition in Glasgow and then the rest of Scotland we will be a happy bunch of chaps. If that challenge is met we will be ready for anything

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