George Gadd - 10.09.13

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George Gadd - 10.09.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

George Gadd

1. How did you get your band name?
It is my name. Or at least, I hope it is.

2. How did this band get started?
I've always had a keen interest in music. I picked up a guitar when I was about 16 (which is pretty late) and it's not left my hands really since.

3. What bands are you influenced by?
A lot of punk music. Everyone has their 'gateway punk' band and mine was Blink-182, then Green Day which then showed me the path to Alkaline Trio and Hot Water Music. I'm a keen listener of Frank Turner and Bruce Springsteen.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Bruce Springsteen, he just seems like an absolute gentlemen. If not Bruce then Bright Eyes, The Gaslight Anthem or Kevin Devine.

5. Best food to eat on tour?
Nandos, it isn't really a thing in the US (I think there is one existing franchise so get on that!). Whenever I'm in a city I'm not entirely familiar with, I scout out the nearest Nandos or a Wetherspoons for a beer and a burger for cheap. I'm not vegetarian and I'm not allergic to a lot so it's slightly easier.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
I try to write from different angles with each song I write. I have songs about feeling guilty after a break-up ('The Least You Could Let Me Do'), unnecessary hate ('Great Power'), and just great times and drinking ('The Day That We Died'). I'd like to think that there is something in there for anyone.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
I'm not really in the know when it comes to sports but probably Muhammad Ali.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
My speech writer. Fans. Family.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Less focus on reality television talent shows. In the UK especially, there's a huge focus on these constant unnecessary talent shows, I don't think it's going to end until we truly find out who has the best voice in the world.

10. Memorable tour experience?
I'm a firm believer in "what happens on tour stays on tour."

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
A website that I check devoutly and scour each corner for great new music.

12. What is your favourite song to play?
Oddly I have two. One is 'The Least You Could Let Me Do,' which is strangely the most requested song of mine and I love it when people sing along. The other is 'Short Fuse,' which is a strange selection as it is a ballad and in reality I shouldn't play it. I remember the first time I played it was supporting Andy Cairns (from the band Therapy?) and the entire room was just silent and all I could hear was just one person leaving the room in tears. Apologies.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
I have a lot of friends in the Kentucky/Ohio area. Holler. I love somewhere sunny and relaxing.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Queen always takes me back as my dad is a big Queen fan. Meatloaf's 'I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That' is also something that takes me back. Not really a song that a kid with a short attention span like mine would usually listen to but the introduction always had me running around our living room with an air guitar.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Flying or teleportation would be pretty useful for those days when I'm running a bit late.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Before I leave the house, I always make sure to brush my teeth, no matter what time it is. I also go to the toilet and get a drink.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
I have two dogs called Bobo and Poppy. They are both Shar Peis and Poppy is probably the love of my life. Bobo gets jealous.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
I think radio is still a good platform and from going to gigs, I've found that the 'single' format is still a strong way of promoting music. That doesn't mean that I don't hate people who spend so much money just to see one song and talk for the rest of the set.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Currently, i'm a student in Birmingham studying Sound engineering and Multimedia technology with hopes to either work in the industry or to get a job teaching. I watch a lot of TV and read also.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I like cooking. I wouldn't call it a talent but no one has died or been poisoned from my cooking yet and I take some pride in that.
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