Here is an interview I conducted with north-east English lads DOCKSUNS, in with they give a snippet into their musical style, ifluencers and dreams of playing at Glastonbury Festival.
Band Name: DOCKSUNS
Members: Jimmy Baxter (vocals & acoustic), Neil Douthwaite (lead guitar), Steve Keogh (rhythm guitar) Adam Dawkins (bass) & Glenn Laws (drums)
Genre: Melodic indie
Founded: January 2019
Originated From: Sunderland, UK.
Discography: Dancing on the Radio, Lost Without You, Take Me Away, This is the Last Time & Devils Doorsd
How would you describe your music?
Our music is very riff lead, Neil hosts a catalogue of fine catchy, upbeat riffs. We like to write songs that people can soak up and enjoy in a live environment.
What is your musical creative process like?
We tend to start with the lyrics, its usually a cleverly written story about an event, we then build around the song with each of us developing our individual parts and bringing them to the practice room to piece together.
How did the band form?
The band was put together at the start of 2019 by Neil after he responded to an Instagram story of Glenn’s playing the guitar. Close friend Jimmy, who had been writing music with Neil for the past seven years also joined and brought along two members of an old band, Steve and Adam.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s important for us to have a connection with our hometown, Sunderland. We are proud of our roots and that’s reflected in a clever little play on words in naming the band.
Who influenced you within the music industry?
Influences come from various places, not just the music we listen to, but the people we meet and the experiences we have and they have. We all have a different taste of music that influences us to combined them to create a new sound.
Have you performed live much and what was your favourite gig to play at?
Biggest highlight has to be playing at the Sunderland Airshow in front of thousands of people, in the rain. Being all from Sunderland, we have grown up with this event, and having the opportunity to play was incredible.
What is the best thing about being in a band?
There are a lot of elements of being in a band, obviously playing live is top of the pile, we put a lot of effort & work into creating a good atmosphere for people who attend our gigs. The writing process is particularly something we all enjoy and you can’t beat studio days.
What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far as a musician(s)?
Five personalities can get a bit much from time to time but we are our very own little family, so feuds are inevitable.
What plans have you got coming up this year?
We did have a lot gigging planned for this year, including our debut London show, but we had our gigs pulled due to the virus. Instead, we’ve focussed on our image, writing & recording with the time we would have spent on the road.
What is your ultimate dream as a band/musician?
To play Glastonbury in a Sunderland shirt is our mission. Representing our hometown on the biggest musical stage would be the dream.
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