Interview with Spill Sixteen9th April 2013
Spill Sixteen – Interview with JJ, Dave, Steve, Indy and a late Mewsy J at HRH AOR Festival 2013
Interviewed by: Matt
Spill Sixteen hail from Sheffield, a band with Raw talent and a great sense of humour!
Can you start by telling us guys a bit about yourselves? How you formed etc
Dave – “Sure, I came in from an advert on a website saying, band looking for Drummer, preferably Tommy Lee, but anyone else will do as long as you look cool”
JJ – “That was absolutely the advert!”
Dave – “I wasn’t Tommy Lee but I thought Id give it a go anyway”
JJ – “I was in a Sheffield band and it just kinda fell apart, Mewsy ( Guitarist) was in another one, so we were friends and we kinda said do you fancy havin a Jam and we kinda started doin some songs and we put this awful advert up”
Dave –“ Which got my interest” J
JJ – “I’d been in bands with Steve before and played him some stuff and he was, yeah that’s cool, and he was already in a band so I thought, he’s no way got time for us, so he said, well what if I make time, and I said – You’re in!, Indy was in the same band as Mewsie and I bumped into him at Sheffield train station and that was sort of it”
Dave – “Yeah and we just practised and practised”
JJ – “ What a terrible get-together story eh? ( laughs), it just sort of happened, and there were bands we’d been in who wanted to be Motley Crue, or a case of, It’s my band do as I say and we didn’t want that so we’ve got this collective thing going where no-one’s the boss and it kinda works well”
So where did the name come from?
Dave – “As I remember that was Andy outside our rehearsal room just throwing words together, we don’t know what it means but we like it! And it stuck!”
JJ – “ What I think is cool is if you shorten it to S16 you get a Sheffield postcode that doesn’t exist,”
Didn’t East 17 do that? J
Dave – “Someone was bound to mention that! ( Laughing )”
JJ – “We did want East 17 but it had already been taken!”
What’s your biggest achievement so far?
Both – “Easy, this so far, this I guess but also the album, this is the biggest gig so far”
At this point Steve and Indy Join, telling the band “ This is that “hench guy” I said who was interviewing us “ to which everyone bursts out into laughter
JJ– “The feedback from the album has been really good”
I actually listened to the album a couple of days before the interview, and check out the review on the site J
So who are your influences?
Dave – “Its all eclectic”
JJ – “Motley Crue, Backyard Babies, stuff like that”
Dave – “Anything metal, Motorhead etc”
JJ – “Andy is Rolling stones etc, oh and Japanese pop!”
Steve –“ I love anything, good music transcends genre I think anyway”
So who else you looking to see as well as Tesla
JJ – “Danny Vaughn, who we supported one night and he is awesome he helped us out a lot and nearly appeared on the album – maybe next time though, he’s such a genuine nice guy”
At this point I told Steve his vocals are strong too, and got my revenge for the “Hench” comment, by adding I’m glad that you’re in this though rather than Backstreet boys
Steve –“ I failed though that’s why I’m here!” ( More laughter from all )
So what’s the next 12 months offer for you guys?
JJ – “A few festivals and working on the new album”
I was going to ask who’s the Joker of the band but it seem’s like you guys are on an equal par!
JJ – “Yeah we’re all messed up!, No, I’d have to say Mewsie with his Camelot joke”
At this point Mewsie tells the Camelot joke involving a guy dressed as King Arthur J
So is this the perfect gig for you guys so local?
Steve – “I’m just so chuffed to be here, we could be anywhere on the bill and it would be amazing, there’s so many great bands.”
And so I sign off and say goodbye to the guys,
Matt “ Hench” Farrington