Hello all, we’d like to introduce ourselves, we are Byron and Trix and currently make up the main components of rock band Jokerbats.
Originally we began to make music when circumstances threw us together at a local event. Then after a number of chance encounters, it soon appeared as though our individual destinies were on a collision course to an inevitable musical convergence of passion and dedication for our craft.
Even in our initial meetings everything seemed somehow right, fated even, to make of us one combined artistic and musical being, and the spawn of that being… Jokerbats Band !
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Well we love to do what we do and we suppose you could call it our raison d’être. We not only want to excite and stimulate but also to move, inspire and to lift people. Becoming successful at this will allow us to find our fantastic audience with whom we can interact, and who will in turn inspire us on to greater things. That is to ultimately achieve our musical and artistic vision on bigger stages and to reach many more people.
Just as everyone wants, we also want to fulfil desires for the beautiful life-style/dream. So to accomplish the creative heights, the goals in life and to do the work that we do best, we do have big ambitions.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
Well, Byron began writing music in his early teenage years, beating out songs on his battered old acoustic guitar. The interest was then as it is now… ‘feel out a hook and melody of seductive pull.’ Days spent bashing away, improvising and writing lines off the cuff, ’til eventually tumbling onto something. A simple phrase or cool hook line which then could be a starting point for the real hard work of turning it into something more, of writing the full song with well-developed lyrical lines and the perfect accompanying ‘Jokerbats-style’.. catchy guitar, bass and drums.
4. Who are your top three influences and why ?
Similar to us, the three artists cited below create theatrical horror concepts for their music and videos. Also they have created classic and stand out songs during the course of their careers. This is something that we also are interested in achieving.
They are all able to understand the value of creating good stand-out melodies and hook-lines for their songs, as well as rocking hard of course.
Rob Zombie we like mainly for, and after, his Hellbilly Deluxe stuff. In his music and videos you will find a theatrical, original, artistic, creative, alternative world that is wild, decadent, dangerous and always fun. As performer, he has the ultimate bad ass persona.
Ozzy Osbourne, solo and with Black Sabbath, because he has become such a wonderfully eccentric entertaining character and in his music can flit between the serious and the spoofy. He can also be theatrical, creative and fun.
Alice Cooper. The same sort of things also apply to Alice…theatrical, fun, unusual, artistic etc. So we could also cite him as an influence. He also seems to like a catchy tune in the hard rock horror songs for which he is known.
4. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The new single is ‘Vampire’. It has hard rocking catchy guitar and a cool catchy vocal chorus. To get a good idea of what we are about, watch the video. People are saying that it is spooky addictive fun, artistically visual, not to mention a bit sexy. It has some cool animation too.
The video is available to watch now on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s5DnwlzNbQ and the single will be released on the 24th February to download from all the best online stores like iTunes, Amazon etc etc.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Our roots as a band are in London but we currently float between London and the Midlands. We have access to a big old house in the Leicestershire countryside just outside the city. Here we can make our music and videos with little interruption.
In London we have had great gigs at The Underworld and Dublin Castle in Camden, Bull and Gate in Kentish Town and many other venues.
We also did a number of gigs in a venue we helped to run in Mayfair, London. Disturbing the well-to-do neighbours was not initially intended but eventually became a sort of ‘guilty pleasure’ with playful betting between band members…”will we disturb anyone famous tonight?”…Madonna being a notable example but that’s another story! During this time we also went on a tour of Germany and Switzerland which was of course a lot of fun taking us from Berne Switzerland over the Alps and ending with a great gig in Berlin!
The Midlands scene we know less about as yet but will be investigating it very soon.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Well, for a while now we have been absent from the live side. We have been locked away in the country house we mentioned writing, recording and making our videos. We are currently in the process of getting a new live show together. Once we get back to gigging we will know more about what is happening in our local scenes.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
The single available from 24th onwards for download from all good online stores.. iTunes, Amazon and many other places.