Sunday, February 20, 2022

DJ Interviews: The Debris

 Heres my interview with The Debris

The Debris are:


Stuart Potts – Vocals

Jamie Harron – Lead Guitar

Andrew Potts – Rhythm Guitar

Richie Jenkins – Bass Guitar

Chris Medina - Drums


How'd you get started in music?


We’re just a group of friends with a shared love of music who wanted to be in a band and make a racket together.  Only Jamie and Chris could play a little when we started out, so we were pretty much making it up as we went along – very much in the vein of that garage / punk rock philosophy.


Who are your inspirations or influences?


We each have various influences and inspirations, but the 90’s revival in guitar music is where we all collectively found common ground, and really started to be interested in the music scene as a whole – actually believing we could try it ourselves one day.


Jamie’s mum was in a 60’s beat group and Stuart, the other main songwriter was heavily into guitar music, playing his dad’s record collection from a very early age.


Having five members in the band, we have a wide range of influences from various eras and numerous guitar-based genres; but the bands / artists we can pretty much all agree on, and who have been a big influence on us at one stage or another are:


The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Neil Young, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Jam, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Stone Roses, The La’s, Oasis - and there are many, many more too.


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?


Just get writing and jamming and see what happens.  If it doesn’t work at first, keep going and eventually it will come together.  Also, don’t try to write for a particular audience or trend.  Just write the music you like, be true to yourself and enjoy it!  


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


We have never consciously tried to set ourselves apart or be unique. As with most bands, we just threw our influences and individual styles together, and this is what came back – which is a true reflection of us as a group.


It can be very common for bands / artists to have a similar sound at certain periods in time, whether they consciously set out to be part of a scene or not.  There is some interesting and varied stuff out there right now, as well as some Oasis, Arctic Monkeys clones – which seems to be the current trend. 


We would like to think we are slightly leftfield of that, and the mainstream sound as a whole - offering an alternative to the bulk of what we’re hearing. 


Music is a subjective thing though and people will like what they like, whether it’s totally original, or just a re-hash of what’s been before.  Neither is right or wrong, and there is a place for all.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?


With regards to gigs, we initially started out in the mid 00’s where we gigged quite extensively, playing many of the iconic small venues across London: The Bull & Gate, Water Rats, Hope & Anchor, Dublin Castle, Borderline, Barfly etc


We then started to play some larger venues, most notably the 100 Club, Scala, The Garage and Islington Academy.  At this time, we had a 4 track EP and a set-list of around 10 to 15 songs that we were promoting.  We then got a little disillusioned with the whole thing and decided we needed to grow up and get ‘proper’ jobs.


During lockdown we decided to finish what we had started back then, with the aim of completing an album. On that basis, we have no real interest in gigging at this stage, but we are writing new songs which will hopefully complement some older ones. 


The plan is to focus on writing and recording for now, then pulling together a collection of songs that all work well together, fully showing what we’re about.

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