Music & Me with …. Solar Strides

- 01 Mar 2020 -
Pictured: Solar Strides (Jack, Luie, Hugo and Kieran) from London, UK

In this interview, Elizabeth chatted to Kieran, Solar Strides’ drummer.

When were you first introduced to music?

When I was around 8 or 9. My father got me into a variety of music, such as Nickelback, The Jam, The Who, Papa Roach and so on!

Tell me about your favourite teachers

I really dig the likes of Travis Barker from Blink-182, and also Eddy Thrower from Lower Than Atlantis/Busted. He has a drum school online which I have since joined and have learned a lot more I didn’t think was possible.

What are your fondest musical memories?

Picking up the sticks for the first time! My brother used to play the drums occasionally, and when he wasn’t home I’d have a go and it turned out that I was pretty decent at keeping a rhythm.  Then, my first gig/first festival at Slamdunk. I mainly went because Enter Shikari were headlining, but I discovered a lot of new bands from that day such as Crossfaiths, Deaf Havana, and Beartooth to name a few!

What is your favourite TV theme tune/ film soundtrack?

Oh it has got to be Breaking Bads theme tune! The ambience of the whole track, the slide guitar is so simple, but still so memorable!

What was the last music download/ CD you bought?

Usually I use Spotify, and I guess our own singles don’t count 😉 but I believe it was the Diamonds In The Rough album by Avenged Sevenfold.

Imagine you’ve been given £250 to spend on equipment, downloads, vinyl, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How will you spend it?

I mean if we could put it towards a van then that is what we would do as we are pretty well off with our equipment, but maybe a sampling pad so we can add different elements to our live sets.

How do you balance music with your other obligations?

Well I work full time so we usually rehearse in the evenings as my rota is pretty unforgiving, but apart from that I’m pretty much free. Our only other obligation is that our lead singer Jack is at university in Cardiff, but we make it work.

Happiness is …  being able to do what you love, in our case music. We’re quite lucky that we’re stable enough that we can proceed without earning money at this current stage, but we’d love to do this for the rest of our lives!

LINKS 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6CEbMignmiEgzObR19BorI?si=Yts7eG6lRX-IBloRO9SR6g

Twitter: https://twitter.com/solarstridesuk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solarstrides/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/solarstrides

Reverbnation : reverbnation.com/q/7lx7ao


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