Please start by saying how the band has changed
since the last interview?
Si: We've had quite a lot of line up changes
since then with me being the only original member thats been in the band
all the way through Dale rejoined a couple of years ago and the line up
have now is the best by far.
Paul: 7 years ago? I have been with the band since 2001 i must have missed
the last interview, but since i have been with the band we have had a few
line up changes, I think now we have a much harder and improved sound and
almost make a proper band !
What have you learnt along the way? Would
you have done anything
Si: There are some things i would have done
differently but they're in the past now and best left there. Its been
struggle to get as far as we have as im sure it is for most bands but
patience and perseverance has paid off.
Paul: What I have learnt is that you have to be determined to succeed,
reherse regularly, dont drink to much before a show ! Not sure about
differently we have had some great times in the band and seen many places
i wouldnt have gone to here and abroad
How has your audience and the scene in
general changed since you started?
Si: Well the audience has got bigger for sure lol and they take
us more seriously ,I think the scene has improved greatly, there
lot of young punks coming to the gigs and supporting the scene
in Norwich which is great too see. I think festivals like rebellion,
concrete jungle and the speedfreaks ball are a great help to
pulling everyone together, swapping band merch, fanzines,gigs,
Paul: i dont think the audience has changed much you still
get a variety of ages at shows and people still like punk.
You see to be getting
a good mix of gigs. How do most of them come about?
And do you have any tips for bands just starting out?
Si: Paul gets
us most of the gigs its been a lot of hard work constant phone calls,
emails and sending out demo's it is getting easier now we're more
established as we get a lot of gig offers from promoters and venues.My
dvice to any new bands is patience and perseverance get a good demo
together and get it out to as many promoters and venues as poss and always
try to support the scene that supports you.
Paul: We get gigs by hassaling promoters, people seeing us
play and offering gigs and others just contacting the website, for
anyone starting out it is hard you just have to keep trying for gigs and
a set together that you can play well, and also record a demo to send
out to promoters and set up a website if you can.
What has been your best and worst gig so far?
Who would you really like
to tour with?
Si: Sceeching Weasel or the Ramones, but basiclly i would love to tour
any band (any offers). There are so many great gigs but the ones that
stand out for me are the ones at The man in the moon Cambridge its a great
crowd there, and our Romanian/Bulgarian tour the punks over there were
enthusiastic and we were treated really well .
Paul: We have had a few shite gigs in the past with old line up's
that was down to drink. The best gigs for me so far was at the Man on
pub in Cambridge last summer and the other in a squat in Valencia. I
wouldn't mind touring with anyone dont really have anyone particular in
Lyrically and musically what influences Hotwired
- and what is the best
compliment you have been given about the band?
Si: Basically its just experiences in our lives and society that influence
our lyrics, we try to
add some humour too. We've had some great compliments including ...."Old
school binliner punks who are destined to fester on the dole for ever
ever, while they wait for the next punx picnic to come around - for all
you blitz/subs/motorhead/rejects scum everywhere- you know you want it"
and "It is hard to imagine punk music coming up with anything original
good 20+ years after the fact. Bands come and go, evolving into different
sounds and dying out when punks begin traveling other, more conventional
roads. Some of us have resorted to expecting the old bands that stiill
tour like The Damned and The Buzzcocks to hand deliver the definitive
sound. There is hope, however, in the form of Hotwired's "Make It
CD, which breathes life into punk by simply delivering the sort of sound
that has defined this genre."... You can check out all the good
reviews on our website at www.hotwiredpunk.co.uk
Paul: I guess i am partly influenced by the old eighties punk
bands that i have listened to and still do listen to, the best compliment
seen was in a Scottish fanzine who said we were one of best UK street
punk acts, this made my day.
What is the best sentence you have
ever heard, that someone has managed
to get into a song's lyrics?
Si: Thats a hard one but ive always liked this one ..."A
horde of maladjusted miscreants all pumped and primed, just what could
possibly be limping through your one track
minds?"...You're the enemy-Screeching Weasel
Paul: I have a crap memory i can never remember lyrics
i cant even remember the chorus's for our own songs off the top of my head
they just come to me when we are playing.
What are your thoughts on the internet revolution?
Si: I think the
internet is a great thing it makes things so much easier.
Paul: The internet revolution is a brilliant thing for the music
scene it can open up the whole world to you from your home, you can
band to anyone in the whole world and can contact many people within
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2007.
Si: The plan to gig
as much as poss and hopefully start on new material for a new
got some great gigs coming up which you can find on our websites.
Paul: Our plans are to do more gigs and hopefully record
some of our other songs that aren't recorded yet and perhaps
abroad again if the oppurtunity arises.
Any final comments?
Si: remember people support the scene that supports
you , Cheers for the great interview.
Paul: Come and check out Hotwired.
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