‘Tis the season and things of that nature, and to that end we find ourselves being vistited not by the traditional ghostly apirition but instead by a brace of wisemen; bearing gifts of a musical turn they have come in from the balmy English cold to warm their cockles by the LADIM hearth and answer us some Q’s in our exclusive interview…
LADIM: Who are you trio of musical learned men?
My name is Joe Boyd and my band is the Joe Boyd Trio. Joe Boyd – Guitar/Vox, Matt Curd – Bass, Cam Morrell – Drums
LADIM: Where in the world do you call ‘home’?
Home for me is Essex!
LADIM: With such a wide scope of influence and sound evident in your music what genre should we be looking under to discover the sounds you create?
Genre is a difficult one as my influences are so widely varied! We encompass a wide spectrum of Punk Rock, Jazz and Funk. I love Miles Davis and Chet Baker but I also have Hendrix, Santana, Black Flag and The Beach Boys at close hand in my collection too.
Our shows are spontaneous and full of energy. People have responded in an amazing way when we improvise pieces and extend tracks with jams, so I wanted to take this into the recording process. We recorded the new album ‘I Survive I’ live in just one day, after hours, at one of our favourite live venues! Lyrically and vocally, I wanted to keep it simple and melodic and allow us the space to bring our musicianship to the table and perhaps the forefront of this record.
LADIM: Where’s the best place for our audience to go hear some Joe Boyd brilliance right now and with much of the hurry up?
LADIM: What are your experiences of the current live music scene from your side of the stage lights and glamour of Essex?
The live scene is not any easy one. It’s no secret that musicians, especially up-and-coming bands find it difficult, if not impossible to get paid for their work. With technological advancements in Music Software and Social Media platforms, there is more competition than ever! So, I think for a musician to be able to work as a professional, you need to make sure you are performing at your highest possible level before you do anything else.
At the same time, there is no shortage of venues who take on promoters who don’t actually promote anything, other than a bad ethos of taking all the door money and giving you pennies per 100 people you bring!
I think if you work hard enough and are that good, you will draw the crowds.
MaH: Which one track would you pick to best introduce your music to our audience?
I think I will have to go with the latest track ‘The Dead Of The Night’!
LADIM:And when the demand on our souls for more Boyd brilliance takes hold where can we stalk your activities send demands for autographs, downloads, such and similar and so on?
At any of the following links:
Pre-order your copy of the new album ‘I Survive I’ now at iTunes and Rough Trade;
Rough Trade: http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/88672
Twitter – www.twitter.com/thisisjoeboyd
Facebook – www.facebook.com/joeboydmusic