1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I found my parents’ record collection when I was little and used to play them over and over. I particularly remember hammering Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hunky Dory, and various Genesis and Queen records.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Queen and Michael Jackson. Constantly. Their songs were so bombastic and anthemic and larger than life. They were the embodiment of their music and also the other way round. Listening to their music definitely had an impact. I’m always looking for an opportunity for craziness in our song writing. I’m never satisfied with normal. During my self-involved teenage years Radiohead was my soundtrack and I would listen to The Bends and OK Computer. Just is my favourite rock track.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
When I was six we moved house and it came with a piano. My Grandpa, who was a chorister and an organist, gave me lessons. Playing other people’s stuff was ok, but I soon got bored and would spend my time composing melodies and songs. So pretty much all my life.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
In our previous bands we all toured regularly across the country and in Europe. We’re recording at the mo, so for now we’re spending our time huddled in a studio plotting world domination and eating paninis with increasingly eccentric filling combinations.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Back at school I formed a band and performed Blur’s Song 2 in front of my fellow students. I was bricking it waiting to go on. When I stepped foot on stage it was magic. I loved it! I’ve loved it ever since. That being said, finally getting to be in a band with my best mate from school is amazing. We should have done it sooner (my fault). We have a great vibe and you can just feel the enthusiasm and excitement when we write, record and handle the ins and out of being in a band. We don’t pull our punches. We want The Four Fours to be amazing. We say it how it is and at times it can sting a bit when your best mate completely blows your genius ideas out of the water, but then we man up, dust ourselves off and come back with better ideas. Better than genius!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Our website is www.thefourfours.com. We update it regularly and our Twitter account @thefourfours is a hive of daily activity. We are also on Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thefourfours, and have just started to use Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefourfours. You can also find our completely bananas homemade video for Count To Ten on YouTube: http://youtu.be/EmlbdfezEs4.