Q&A with Prime

UK Band Prime filled out a quick Q&A for us! Hailing from the East Midlands, this bluesy, indie rock outfit recently released a single titled, “Jeff Took A Trip,” which broke more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. Critics praised the grittiness, explosive vocal style, and the raw excitement of the guitar and vocals.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

I tend to get a good vibe when I meet a musician who I end up getting on with really well. Odd occasions it hasn’t ended up well, but usually my vibe is correct. In the case of the guys currently working in Prime, Chris D. Bramley, Stuart Boles and Jon Carter, they all seemed like warm, likable guys when I first met them.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

I have many, just the movement and excitement is fully there at a great gig, we’ve had a couple of handfuls at least in our time for sure… Some nights like for example, The Wardrobe in Leeds or the Angel Microbrewery in Nottingham, or the o2 Academy in Sheffield, we could just feel the love and enjoyment back from the audience.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Many of my favourites are dead (Laughs). I was thinking earlier today that Bryan Ferry would be someone brilliant and creative to work with, especially if there was a gig collaboration on top of a recording project. Also, Eno, Manzanera and the other players in Roxy Music were brilliant too, let’s not forget that. To have Brian Eno produce you would definitely be a career highlight.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

I’ve said in our 6 years of releasing music – admittedly sporadic at times – that ‘In Summer’ is the song that really pulls together all the things we do well as songwriters and performers. The lyrics – despite being a little dark in places – have a real feel-good vibe. A reviewer said that our music makes you feel great and I thought it was a real compliment, as many of my favourites, from David Bowie to Neil Young to Oasis to The Stones, just make you feel on top of the world. So to have some of that feeling in my own music is great.  However, as a musical flipside, our new single ‘Jeff Took A Trip’ has a dark power that I think has come out really well and shows we can mix it up and do something new, especially with this being our penultimate single as we bow out.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

Gas is a good idea! I’m always snacking on potato chips and Snicker bars, and sometimes Haribo get purchased. However, the price of stuff here is extortionate… Daylight robbery in most gas stations.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

I’m a huge film fan, so I get ideas from the likes of directors John Cassavetes or Eric Rohmer or Michelangelo Antonioni, the real legends of independent cinema. Otherwise, everyday life is sure an influence for me! I take pride in us keeping things lyrically real.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Take less shit. And I’d also tell him that not everyone means well and is your friend. I was too easy going with people who weren’t great humans.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

We won’t be doing any more gigs, but we have two more singles – and music videos – and also maybe a couple of other little surprises before we call it a day and finish for good.

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