Junior Bill

Cardiff

Name, where are you from?
Junior Bill. Cardiff.

Describe your style in three words?
Streetwise ska-tinged.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Haven't got a best gig ever. I'll say Baxter Dury recently in Bristol. I thought he was brilliant. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I'd go back in time and support Os Mutantes in Brasil in 1968. We'd probably get shot but it'd be worth it.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
A big part of the Skinhead, Mod, Rudeboy and Punk subcultures has been the musical connection between the U.K. and Jamaica which undoubtedly changed the world. Not just in terms of the direct legacy of Two Tone around the world and in the U.K. but how reggae has become assimilated into world popular culture through music. The British subcultures played a part in this.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Aristotle, so I could play him some Die Antwoord.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Tamesis Dock, London. It was a boat which sailed the Thames as we played (with The Severed Limb).

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
I have many favourite musicians. Although I don't think of them as "heroes" really. I'll say Ray Davies for now.


Ska-punk band, Junior Bill recently recorded a live video for their latest track 'The Buteown Rats' in the long disused Wenvoe railway tunnel in their native city Cardiff. Junior Bill's latest EP is a collection of four songs that draw upon Cardiff's local myths and history, setting them to instantly graspable elements for reggae, ska and punk.

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