Interview With Trash Heads

What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

We met at school (we went to the same school as Mick Jagger, Dartford Grammar!), and through a shared love of bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica formed various bands. AJ & Mark have been in bands together for 30 years now!

Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

Mainly life itself – University, day jobs and commitments, Covid, but other than that it’s been easy to just play and get together when we can as we enjoy it so much.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

Getting our new album out at last after lots of delays due to Covid lockdowns.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I suppose the catch-all term would be ‘alternative rock’ but we have so many different influences it’s hard to pin down, but we tend to love bands who are difficult to categorise (Faith No More, Cardiacs etc) so we kind of like it that way!

What is your creative process like?

Most of our songs get triggered by singer/bassist AJ demoing up a basic song idea (usually a rough drum track, bass lines and vocal melodies) which he then sends to guitarists Mark and Tone over Whatsapp and they can jot down and overlay guitar ideas on their phones. The wonders of modern technology! If everyone likes the rough demo we then bring it into the rehearsal space and drummer Mike can add his flavour and skills to the song. Some songs end up mutating once we play them together live, but some can just stay pretty much like the original demo.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Bands and artists to be paid better from streaming.

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Stay at it, just keep rehearsing and never give up.

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

We played an intimate pub gig before lockdown and were amazed that people in the crowd were singing along to our choruses even though they’d never seen us before!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

Well, we all have day jobs anyway so that’s easy to answer! AJ works for Warner Music in Merch production and the rest of the band work in various fields of IT and Law.

What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

Our brand new album, ‘Vandalism’ was released on the 12th November this year and we’re super proud of it so you can check it out via our Bandcamp page or wherever you stream your music (worldwide):

https://trashheadsband.bandcamp.com/album/vandalism

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