On the 29th September we held yet another fab gig at The Hub. This was our first gig with our new team as most of our members from last year have now left school. No Quarter arrived for sound check and then went out for a meal whilst we got the team excited. We put some music on the speakers and had a huge dance and singalong, which instantly out everyone in a good mood and ready for a fab night.
Before the doors opened, Erin did an interview with Becky. It was really interesting to hear what it took for her to be where she is today!
What inspired you to become a musician?
“Well, my dad inspired me because he’s my dad and he’s a musician. But I recall the first time I was really, really inspired to get into a band, was when I went to see Muse when I was fifteen and I’d just started playing guitar, just started learning. I think I had only written two songs and the buzz after that gig was amazing, I thought that’s what I want to do with my life so that was the turning moment. I decided I want to that, and I will do that.
So yeah it was that gig that influenced me, but also my Dad from a young age.
I started of playing violin and then piano and then I discovered the guitar and fell in love with it, I actually practiced that, I didn’t practice anything else.
What is your song writing process, has it changed over time?
It’s usually I will be practicing guitar and I’ll get frustrated with a song or I will actually sit down to write but it’s rare that when I sit down to write, something actually happens. I’ll usually come up with a riff first on the guitar and then a chord sequence, then I’ll write my melody for the verse. Once I see how that’s going I see where the melody is going and write that and work out what chords go beneath it. The very last thing I do is write the lyrics but I have written lyrics before like I have a big book of lyrics so I can go back to them. But there’s one song I’ve written the lyrics for before the music and it’s probably the best lyrics I’ve written, so I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. It’s just the way it works out, I get exited by the guitar stuff.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
I would say that it’s 150% percent worth going for, but it’s hard work, it’s really hard work, but if you love it then it’s worth it. I would say music Education has defiantly improved my guitar playing, it’s given me more contacts as a musician. It’s really helped doing a degree in music and also to meet other people and to refine my musicianship skills. So yeah, just plug at at and the main thing with music is networking, just meet people (when you become 18) at gigs in bars and chat to them, just be a nice person, talk to everybody and that’s really the way to get gigs. There’s also the whole marketing and Facebook side of things that I’ve not been brought up on so I’m quite new to that. Network and work your bum of, but it’s all worth it.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Just the usual which is… Well I’ve listened to rival sons recently and Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles are my usual go to’s. No new bands except Royal Blood, I heard one of there new songs the other day. I’m terrible for discovering new music, I tend to stick to what I like unless someone’s like “have you heard this band?”
Have you enjoyed your time at the hub so far?
It’s been wonderful, thank you vey much.
The gig started off with Kami singing songs which included the two from her E.P- Illusions. We had a short interval where we sold some home baking and some drinks. It was then time for No Quarter, and they played an awesome set, the audience was buzzing afterwards. It was such an amazing atmosphere and our new team did a fab job of running the night smoothly.
We made sure to get a team photo with No Quarter at the end of the night!