The Manic Shine bring their progtastic selves to The Great Escape. The festival won’t goers won’t know what hit them.
1. Why do you make music?
We make music? We were under the impression we were making loud baffling unfounded hubbub….if we were to make music it would probably be because we’d enjoy making it, for it own sake and goodness. And, obviously, the free hand jobs with every guitar solo. Obviously.
2. Who inspires you?
Animal from The Muppets comes to mind. Our parents (rock n’ roll). Almost anything/anyone can be inspirational if you give them enough thought. Weirdly, as we discovered on tour, for a rock band we sure do listen to a lot of jazz piano trios. The problem is we’ve each got our own circles of inspiration that overlap so to name a few wouldn’t do that huge list justice. But hell…..we’re massive Tool fans….
3. How did you meet each other?
Ozzie met Orren at the ACM music summer school in Guildford in 2006 on the basis that anyone who looked like a pirate in real life was bound to be good for some chat. After knowing each other for a week, they then moved into a house together the following year to start music college. This is where they first met Hutch, who they’d also only just met and, naturally, was also moving in. Tamir, Orren’s broheim, was introduced as they ventured into that other country (Scotland) to jam together at a local festival. And the rest is……….probably to long to fit in this paragraph.
4. When did you decide that being in a band was an idea worth pursuing?
Pretty much the moment we realised that playing music was the one thing we were good at and the one thing we enjoyed more than anything else – a young age for all of us. That being said, it’s a tough moment when you realise that the dream you have has a heavy duty real practical element to it, like someone isn’t just going to give you that Mercury Nomination you think you deserve because you dreamed about receiving it and it all looked so plausible. Nothing comes from doing nothing. Something comes from working your ass off.
5. What is the process of writing and working on a track in your band?
In a nutshell?
Garageband -> rehearsal -> discussion -> Garageband -> rehearsal -> gig -> gig -> tour -> album.
(insert discussion freely everywhere in the chain)
6. What does your music sound like to you?
Like metaphorically blending your ipod. And then slamming it into a Rock sandwich.
7. Where do you see the band in five years?
Love this question. The wonderful nature of dreams means that they expand and contract depending on how realistic you are. The future is uncertain. But we would say that we will for definite be touring the world, earning a living from our music and playing to 1000′s of adoring fans. It’s going to happen (obviously).