Mt Wolf

Guernsey

Monday 25th April 2016

Name?
Stevie Red McMinn

Where are you from?
Guernsey

What do you do?
Musician in Mt. Wolf.

Describe your style in three words? 
Laid-back, Indie, Urban .

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
Jeff Buckley - I've always thought the guy was a genius. I've been massively inspired by his sound, particularly the guitar sound, as well as his inventive songwriting - in terms of his irregular song structures and use of obscure guitar tunings. His singing voice is also one of the best ever. I was listening to his track 'Dream Brother' the other day and was blown away by it all over again.

What’s the best show you’ve ever been to?
I've never been so moved by a performance as when I saw Bon Iver at Glastonbury in 2011. I watched the show on my own because none of my friends at Glastonbury knew or cared who he was at that point, and stupidly missed it. I was in a reverie for most of it. I was absolutely obsessed by 'For Emma, Forever Ago' and the 'Blood Bank' EP, and I remember the intensity of that show left me stunned and in awe for quite some time after it. I still remember the shivers and goosebumps I had whilst they played 'Blood Bank'.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The Smiths are a big influence on us, the songwriting and lyrics - and Brian Eno's production has also been a big inspiration on our sound. 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' by The Smiths and 'An Ending (Ascent)' by Brian Eno are two examples.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Jesus - I guess just to see what he was really like...

Which British subculture means the most to you?
The DIY ethos of the punk movement has been important in shaping my outlook on the music industry.

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
Radiohead - because they're one of the best bands ever. I've seen them live a few times and to share a stage with them would be a dream come true. 'Idioteque' by Radiohead is one of my favourite songs.

What music did you listen to growing up?
I was particularly obsessed with Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley growing up, as well as a lot of hip hop; like Eminem and Dr Dre. 'Little Wing' is my favourite Jimi Hendrix song.

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