How'd you get started in music?
Simon, Vocals & Bass, first got into music whilst still at school, where he helped form The Contacts, and he has also permormed with a covers band, The Ghostriders.
Doug, Keyboards, was a classically trained pianist since the age of 8, but he's only been writing, recording and collaborating with various other musicians since 2010, contributing to Bands including GLAD, SilverSmith and The Contacts.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
Simon - The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, B52's
Doug - Queen, Progressive Rock, 80s Electronica
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Make sure you are having fun, and write your songs for yourself, rather than what you think your audience wants.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Our music has little or no guitar in it. Where we think guitar is required, we either do it ourselves, or collaborate with guitarist friends. Our output is also 50% originals, 50% covers, which is quite unusual, but it keeps us fresh, and open to new ideas, as we often cover songs that our fans request.
Any new gigs or albums in the future
We are currently working on an album for release in 2020, which will be a follow-up to our debut, 'The Curse Of The Counteracts'
Special thanks to them for doing this interview & lots of luck in their careers so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!