You just have a new album out.
How do you feel about it?
I think it's a big
improvement from the last ones
I've done. We spent alot of time
doing it... on and off for about
7 months to be exact. I think the
final product turned out swell.
us about the recording sessions,
please. Ive seen that youve
played every instruments but the
The sessions were alot of fun, it
was only about twenty minutes to
get there, so we were there
almost every weekend. Well, I
first went in with the whole band
(Rockin' Ryan, Bobby Mumbles
& Arsen Roulette) and
recorded it live, but I wasen't
satisfied with it. There were to
many slight mistakes like my last
album. So I talked it over with
my friend/producer, Dan Edwards
and he said he'd take time with
me and get it done the way it
should be. Since I know how to
play alot of instruments, we
decided that I'd do most of it
myself. It was just easier too,
because Arsen lived 4 hours away
and Ryan lived about 2 and with
their work scheduale it was just
a pain to set-up times.
previous album was mainly made of
covers.How about this one? Do you
Yes, the last one was sort of a
tribute to some of my favorite
artists. Everyone told me that I
should write more and drop the
common covers. So I sat down one
night and wrote about things that
were on my mind. I have to say
that some of the songs on their
aren't exactly masterpieces, but
I like 'em. I've been writing
more often lately, I've got
enough for another album.
would you say you evolved between
this two albums? And more
generally in your career?
I'm now more focused on making
music. Whether than, breaking
guitars and rolling around on the
floor. I've noticed nobody really
likes it when I do that. I'll
leave to the cats that do it best.
started playing music at 8. I
believe your Dad, Crash, has a
lot a lot to do with your love of
rockabilly as he's a singer
himself. Could you tell us more
about him and your relation?
My dad helped me get into the
music and like it. I remember
listening to wild man Mel Robbins
scream, save it baby save it,
over the stereo when I was a kid,
it scared the hell out of me. I
knew I wanted to be like my dad
and do music like that when I got
older. He took me to shows when I
was growing up like: Sun Demons,
Robert Gordon and The Blue Caps I
remember best and I really dug
their style alot.
the age of 11, you were playing
guitar for Crash. So you were a
musician before a singer. When
did you think you wanted to sing?
I first started singing one night
at a local club called the Doll
Hut. My friend Jerome let me sit
in for almost the whole set, I
thought it was fun singing with
him. So, for the next couple
years he played guitar for me and
I did the singing. Even though I
wasen't and still ain't the best
singer around, I enjoy doing it.
were your influences and what are
When I was kid my major 50s
influences were, Gene Summers,
Glen Glenn, Eddie Cochran, Elvis,
Warren Smith and Jerry Lee. Like
anyone, I really got into them.
Lately my favorites have been,
Eddie Cash, Roy Head, James
Brown, Jimmie Bowen & Don
rockabilly album or artist had
the biggest impact on the young
Definetly without a doubt Gene
Summers. He has a different style
than anyone else and a great
voice. I always do at least one
of his songs in my set. I know
all of 'em.
cant say that rockabilly is
a big fashion thing. How was it
in school being a rockabilly
kid? Did you manage to
convert some of your mates?
Sure, my school friends always
ended up with slick hair and
cuffed blue jeans. Well I'm done
with school now, but everyone was
cool about it. I never told
anyone about my music, but they
always seemed to find out. I
never liked that kind of
with your father, recording
albums, doing gigs. At a very
early age you were in an adult
world.Do you think this music led
you to be with older people than
guys from your age? Did you grow
faster because of that?
Yes I did. All of my best friends
are adults and I've seen and done
alot of things youngsters don't
get to do 'till they're older.
known under the nickname the
rockabilly kid. How do you
think youll grow with that?
I've happily grown out of that
nickname. I'll leave it for the
play wild but
authentic rockabilly. What do you
think about the related
scenes? I think especially about
the psychobilly one that, it
seems, is getting bigger and
bigger in the US .
I have no problem with the
pyschobilly scene. I personally
can't stand the music it sounds
like speed metal to me, but
that's just my opinion. I have no
problem playing at a Pyschobilly
show because it seems those kids
like me better than the
played with or under the look of
legends like Billy Lee Riley,
Glen Glenn, Johnny Powers etc.How
did you feel about that? Wasnt
Of Course it was, I grew up
listning to these guys. They're
all real great people. I still
can't believe I play in Glen
Glenn's band. He's one of my
looks like theres some kind of a
between artist like you, Rip
Carson, Rockin Ryan, Arsen
Roulette as we can see that you
play on each others records. Am I
Yes we're all good friends.
Arsen's moved on to better
things, but we still keep in
touch. Ryan and Rip are two of my
best friends. We're always
helpin' each other out. I've
known them since the start.
have a new band. Could you
introduce us to the new guys?
What do they bring to your sound?
Sure, Im using my pal Ricky
McCann again on the drums, only
this time he's here to stay. He's
possibly the wildest drummer I've
ever heard. On the bass is Jamie
Lee Bradley. He's a great guy and
a talented bass player. He brings
alot to the band. He also writes
some pretty mean ass songs!
are your plans and goals for the
Well I plan to put out another
album and start a northern soul
band one of these days. Thanx for
the interview.... cheers