With one week to go until SAMAs 2016 arrives we are still looking back to last year’s event and this time it’s Best Electronic winners Crash Club’s turn to answer a few tasty questions. We put the following to the electro-dance-rock band member Neal – here’s what he had to say…
Were you surprised to win Best Electronic at the SAMAs last year?
Yeah, I think you always are when it comes to things like that. I mean, we write the stuff for ourselves really, but when you get nominated and a fan’s vote wins you an award, it means other people are obviously liking the music as well, which is always great.
How do you feel that win helped you the most?
I suppose just being nominated itself helped us in term of press and reaching people we would never have reached before. Having the title itself probably opened the door down South more than ever before.
What have you been up to since then?
We’ve just been plugging away, sold out Stereo in Glasgow with a D.I.Y show in April. We’ve had a great festival season with us being booked for Isle of Wight Festival, T in the park for the second year and closing the seedling stage at Belladrum.
We spent the first half of the year recording in Rocket Science and preparing the EP CC.101 for release – which will be out December. We even got John Davis from Metropolis to master ‘Pennydrop’. He worked with Primal Scream, Foals, Led Zeppelin, The Prodigy, New Order, and loads more.
We’ve also still got a few surprises for 2016 though, so keep your eyes open.
Will you be attending the 2016 SAMAs and who would you like to see win your category this year?
Yeah, I should hopefully be there, there are loads of acts up for awards that are mates and I wanna be up to support them.
Do you think the SAMAs can help elevate more Scottish Electronic acts out there, and how?
It definitely won’t harm anyone. It’s so varied per genre because you get so many sub-genres, like this year you have Be Charlotte (for the win!) and then you have Theo Kottis who are both perform in completely different scenes but up for the same award. The good thing about which is different probably from most of the other categories is that you will discover something new every time. That might even get more people to check them out live.
What do you have lined up for the rest of the year?
next up is Tenement Trail this Saturday 8th October, followed by the run up to CC.101 being released, with a couple of gigs still to be announced before the end of the year.
We’ve got a fresh new set as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how people react to the new songs etc.
What’s been your favourite gig so far in your short time together as a band?
That’s a hard one, cause we’ve had so many, tenement trail 2015 at the midnight slot was wild, theres videos of just how wild it got, but then stereo this year was a bench mark I think. We’re always trying to improve the live show, visually, how you hear it and the whole experience in general.
Have you found any other platforms that have helped you reach out to the music community in Scotland and beyond?
We’ve found just Networking in Scotland with like-minded people does wonders, even just going out and getting smashed with those same people you end up coming up with loads of plans etc and its then about just taking that forward when you sober up (ha-ha). We’ll have to find a new plan when it comes to the music community in the rest of the UK.
Tell us one thing about one of you that nobody would know.
Everyone know this, but I’m daft for a bit of Phats & Small – turn around. Absolute classic track-wise. I had it on vinyl, it’s underrated as.
And now for the silly question – Do you think Rick should be killed off in the next series of The Walking Dead??
Pfft, that’s not Rick, that’s Simon from channel 4’s classic show Teachers. You can’t kill Simon from Teachers though.
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