DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS (Q&A)

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DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS will be touring the UK, Japan and Korea the coming months.

Go see them, they are ‘The World’s Best Looking Heavy Melody Power Pop Punk Band’.

 

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For every song you record, how many end up in the bin?

 

It’s getting less and less! For the first album, Little Big Head, I had 5 songs left over. I listened to them recently and they are brilliant so we are re-releasing the album with 3 bonus tracks and putting the other 2 on the b side of a limited release vinyl EP.

 

I discovered a song I rejected for the Difficult 2nd Album and another for Bombs Away which are also superb. We are recording both again as part of 16 songs in contention to be on the next (4th) record. We’ll see if they make it this time.

 

With every song you write, are you still learning to become an even better songwriter?

 

Is that possible! 😉 I think the 4th album will be our best yet. The songs are incredible! Are they better than before? I can’t tell. I love them all. After this album, I’ll have a think about how to go forward. Is there another way to do it?

 

 

 

As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?

 

Yes. I’m a show-off. I don’t care what people know. The thing all of us know the most about is ourselves. Dig deep in there. There’s a lot to say!

 

Any ideas about how to turn this one into a million seller?

 

No bloody idea at all. We are so far outside the mainstream. I mean, ‘The 1975’ recently won best album at the BRITS and how shit are they?

 

 

What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?

 

There have been so many mad ones. Of last year the one which I remember most was the Bule Bule Toga fest in Tarragona, Spain:

  1. It was packed and the crowd loved us, and
  2. All the audience wore Togas.

 

When was the last time you thought ‘I just wrote a hit!’?

 

Just now. But I was wrong.

 

Is recording a record easier than getting it heard nowadays?

 

Much. It’s easy to get our fans to hear it. Much harder to get it in front of Ed Sheeran’s fans.

 

 

Which 5 records, that everybody forgot about, would define ‘our time’ on earth?

 

I’ve forgotten.

 

Recording music. What’s all the fun about?

 

Mixing. The moment when it all comes together and you really hear the recording for the first time, with all the effects and everything at the right levels. It’s so exciting I can’t sleep for days.

 

Playing music in front of a crowd. What’s all the fun about?

 

Pure adulation. It’s such fun knowing, before we go on, that even the people who don’t like us are going to love us. Then we play and they do love us. Such a buzz.

 

Always proud to answer ‘I am a musician’ to the question ‘what are you doing?’?

 

Definitely not. Have you seen most musicians?

 

You can’t control the way people ‘hear’ your music. But if you could make them aware of certain aspects, you think, set your songs apart. What would they be?

 

I just want them to hear them and read the lyrics. If they do that, even if they don’t like them, I’m happy.

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