Saturday, October 17, 2020

DJ Interviews: Say Yes Do Nothing.

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of sitting down with a singer named David Eastman of the band Say Yes Do Nothing as he spoke on his musical beginnings.




Say Yes, Do Nothing ( are a north London band whose gritty and poetic street reports on homelessness, abortion, abuse and alcoholism are a raw mix of the blues, alt/country and Americana. 


“Best band name, ever” - New Music Saturday


“Timeless and aggressively up-to-date London grit with Nashville dirt underpinned by deeply rooted Americana song craft” – Rock Box


American singer songwriter David Eastman (vocals/guitar) formed SYDN in 2018  in Kentish Town where he found Simon (bass/vocals), Michael (drums) and Dan (lead guitar/vocals) hiding in a dark rehearsal space, ready to do justice to his songs of love gone awry and families gone rogue. 


“SYDN take a real-life situation and have the intestinal fortitude to put it into lyrics and into a song, and it’s going to reach a lot of people” - The Mind of Little Rage


Winners of the 2108 Future Music Showcase Award, SYDN have headlined sell out shows across London and appeared on festival bills, including the Marlow Rock Bottom Festival. Maximum Volume Music featured SYDN as Band of the Day and the band have appeared in blogs like Zever Blackbull’s Top 40 Indie Music Chart, Lonely Oak Radio, HOT VOX’s One To Watch, FV Music Blog, John’s Indie Music Zone, The Retweeter’s Bands to Watch and MerchTablePro Discovery list. Further support has come from radio shows and podcasts including New Scotland Radio, Cowboy Joe Radio,Bigtime Radio, The Colorado Phil Show, Angel’s Indie Lounge and Expand Your Playlist.


“When the band begins to play there is an engulfing wave of nostalgia, coupled with an inescapable feeling that nostalgia is what caused this mess in the first place” -  By The Freaks


Frontman Dave grew up in the USA, where his previous album Apron Strings won the Los Angeles DIY Album of the Year Award and was featured on the TV show Dawson’s Creek. Dave developed his musical vocabulary listening to Dylan, the Stones, Townes van Zandt, Merle Haggard and Springsteen, as well as reading MAD Magazine, Henry Miller and Harper Lee. 


Raw and tight, his songtelling storywriting has an infectious character that howls, shakes, rattles and rolls, just as if Leonard Cohen was writing for the Yardbirds with a lairy Jimmy Page in tow.


When not writing, Dave spends his time managing medical relief in the world’s worst war zones. Say Yes, Do Nothing are The US of A meets north London way, way uptown. 


“Say Yes, Do Nothing is a special band from across the seas in London.  They’re true to their name all the way down to every lyric. It’s easy for all of us to say yes or agree with what we think it’s right but, it’s a lot harder to help make that change with your own two hands” - The Lemon Radio

How'd you get started in music?

I wrote my first song at age 13 on a guitar with busted strings. I played it for a girl and she was not impressed, but I keep on trying. Our band formed in 2018 after I moved to London to run a medical relief organization. Now I split my time between war zones, writing songs and walking my dog.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

Liz Phair, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young


What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Connect with your audience. Learn to eat canned food. Wear ear plugs. Read poetry on the train.


How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

The lyrics are as important as the beat and the melody. Our songs all tell true experiences with homelessness, abortion, abuse and alcoholism. 


Any new gigs or albums in the future

New single and video for ‘Hum of the Hidden Machine’ out on October 23!

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & much love & luck to them & their music. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!