We never got time to chat to the guys after the Phoenix show so we thought it would be a great chance to do so ahead of their main stage performance next weekend. We chatted to the whole band and discussed their love of festivals, how they are received all over the world and the most important thing, how to get rid of that hangover the morning after the night before, here's how we got on....
For info, here's what each of the members do in the band;
Ty Taylor - Vocals
Nalle Colt - Guitar
Rick Barrio Dill - Bass
Richard Danielson - Drums
You're playing Beautiful Days in Exeter later this month, will this be the first time at the festival?
TY - I believe this is our first time. Feels appropriate though because our days feel like they are becoming more beautiful! Festivals are the bomb because of all the mixing and mingling of musicians and festival goers. Adding another to the string of visited fests is always nice.
We saw you in Exeter last year and were blown away by the effort that you put into the show, are your live shows always as lively as this?
NALLE - Thank you so much. Ty is an explosion of energy as frontman and his energy easily rubs off on the rest of the band. It’s always been a part of Vintage Trouble since we started playing as a band. We have a saying in the band to ‘pressure cook’ it. To contain that energy even when we play slower songs live. So yes most of the time it’s very lively.
You've played all over the world, would you say that you receive a different reaction to your music depending on WHERE you play?
RICK - We are lucky in that we have TroubleMakers that we have become family with all over the world. It is something we never take for granted but different parts of the world in many ways do FEEL our music in different ways. Latin countries, Japan, UK, America, Europe, whatever. They all may have their own unique way HOW they feel it, but thankfully, everywhere we go GETS it.
Which country gives you the warmest welcome?
RICHARD - Well, if Los Angeles were a country, which is kind of is, I’d say this would be a very warm climate for us. It’s where we began this journey and the support we have there is nothing short of incredible. However, in truth, the UK has been such an huge part of our story. The support we’ve received from our UK TroubleMakers, and just the music community in general, has led to lifelong friendships for both us and the fans with each other. It’s truly been a magical experience for us. And what an honour for an American band to have it 'going on' in the great land of music that is the UK. Such history there.
What do you LOVE about music festivals
TY - I love getting to be a spectator and watching my favorite bands and discovering hidden gems.
What DON'T you love about them?
NALLE - It's hard to find something you DON'T love about a festival! Ha-ha but since you asked.. lots of mud usually, most of the time the stage setup will be a ‘ throw and go’ meaning there is no real sound check so most of the time the first two songs get washed away dealing with technical stuff and your presentation suffers a bit. But even with that I would say we love every bit of it!
If you could choose three acts to headline your very own music festival, who would they be and why? (they can be dead or alive)
- Amy Winehouse
- Sly & Family Stone
What three pieces of advice would you give to ensure that people have the BEST time at a music festival?
1) Try to leave your phone in your pocket. Which is to say get off your screens and into the present.. So much is happening with people and energies and music of course. Try to give into it as much as possible.
2) Drink water
3) Do a little research on some of the bands playing. It will open you to them in ways that you may have missed. It makes the whole experience better when you can route for a band a little, or at least peak your curiosity a bit. There are so many great musicians, having great moments. Try to indulge with them. They will so appreciate it.
What's your favourite hangover cure?
TY - Hair of the dog.
Are you planning on hanging around at Beautiful Days after your set? if so, which other bands/acts are you hoping to catch?
NALLE - To be honest, most of the time I’m really bad at reading up who is part of the festival, so I love getting happily surprised! But now since you asked I looked it up and Holy Moly you got a lot of cool bands playing! I would love to see Gogol Bordello, Suzanne Vega and of course my Swedish fellas The Hives.
Lastly, what would you guys be doing if you weren't in Vintage Trouble? ALL
TY - I would be singing in front of orchestras. I’ve always been turned on by mid-century jazz and the arrangements that involve grand sweeping string arrangements and regal horns and weeping woodwinds.
RICK - Looking for Vintage Trouble!
NALLE - Ha ha I will answer the same as Rick , because yes I’m sure I would be running around trying to get a band together that was willing to give it all at all time for the love of music.
RICHARD - Kicking at walls!
We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to the band for taking part in our Q&A ahead of Beautiful Days Festival. If you've never had the pleasure of seeing these guys perform live, this is your chance, they'll be performing on the main stage and I guarantee, you'll be dancing along to their blend of R&B, Soul and Rock in no time at all!
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