Having run out of time at The British Country Music Festival to interview Tim from The Fatherline, we decided to send him the interview via email. This is what he had to say.....
Q - I know you are a very new band but how did you guys meet?
A - I, Tim (Vocals, Guitars) have worked with Elliot (Drums) & Rich (Guitars) for many years. Elliot has mixed a great deal of my production work & Rich has provided guitar work on a number of tracks over the years too. As for Steve (Bass), we met many years ago when we both played in different rock bands in the Midlands & Steve also sold me my very first acoustic guitar!
Q - If you could invite the people who have influenced you in your music career to a dinner party, who would you invite?
A - Basing this on influences alive and dead, it would have to be Freddie Mercury, James Hetfield, Diane Warren, John Paul White & Joy Williams (in the vague hope I could be responsible for a Civil Wars reconciliation).
Q - If you were to take one well known song and put your own country twist on it, which song would you choose?
A - With us, it would no doubt end up being quite dark, atmospheric & very much on the alternative side of Americana. With that in mind, perhaps something like Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.
Q - If you had the chance of performing anywhere in the world, Where would your dream venue be?
A - These are ever changing goalposts I think. With some remarkable venues such as The Ryman & Grand Ole Opry already ticked off, it would have to be somewhere like Red Rocks & The Albert Hall.
Q - What is your favourite thing to do when you are not performing?
A - Quite honestly, this has been our life ever since we can remember, so everything else we do is always somehow connected. It would be producing, recording and writing. The 3 things that allow us to perform.
Q - What excites you about the British country scene?
A - On the whole, the support you receive from other artists in your lane, the overwhelming commitment from the genre’s fanbase, the emergence of new & brilliantly successful festivals dedicated to country music.
Q - Tell us the most unusual gig you've played, be it the venue or the situation you found yourselves in.
A - I would say my most unusual gig was my very first one when I was about 14. I played bass guitar in my brothers metal band. We were playing at a pub in Worcester. I must state that this wasn’t a music specialist pub or metal music venue…it was just a pub that wanted some live music. Within the band, the hide the fact that I looked like a chubby 8 year old boy, I wore a boiler suit & a hockey mask. I was also responsible for pyrotechnics…don’t ask. I’m not entirely sure we won over much of the pub crowd. Throughout the gig, patrons would walk through the middle of the stage to go to the bathroom that we were playing directly in front of. As we packed up, we were approached by an ex member of the military who absolutely hated metal and so decided to beat up my older brother. I tried to step in and help but was unceremoniously thrown back against the wall & landed on our drummers cymbals….turning one of them inside out.
Q - The British country music scene is growing fast. Each artist having their own take on what country music is to them. How do feel that our music stands up against the music coming out of America at the moment?
A - Our personal take is that we never want to intentionally compete with the country music coming out of America. We firmly believe there is room for everyone in this industry & that competing with & comparing yourself to, others, is a waste of everyone’s time. How will you ever progress & move forward if you are forever looking sideways? With that said, the music coming out of America is consistently brilliant, but then again we only really hear the cream of the crop that is all over the radio. So, just like that, Britain has the same, just with a much smaller pool. The great music coming out of the UK is honestly brilliant and strong enough to compete in any country in the world, but I think that’s because what I deem to be the best the UK has to offer is because it’s not trying to compete with American country. They are great songs regardless of genre.
Q - Where do you see British country music in 5 years time?
Q - What do you feel is the greatest achievement of your musical career to date?
A - I can’t answer this on behalf of everybody, but for me personally, it would be having a bucket list experience in Nashville. Playing The Grand Ole Opry twice, the Ryman Auditorium with artists such as Chris Stapleton, winning a UK Americana Award & performing alongside Robert Plant but most of all, achieving the childhood dream of a major record deal & seeing that very first press of our album on vinyl.
Q - Where can we find you on social media?
A - Instagram: the_fatherline Twitter: @the_fatherline Facebook: thefatherline