John Graham Q&A

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • after playing a few gigs with my mates doing indie-rock stuff i started making drum & bass in the mid 90’s under the name skanna. i released the first ep myself on white label vinyl, the 2nd got picked up by a label and i ended up releasing about 10 records as skanna. at the same time i also started making progressive house as quivver , originally with a friend from college (neil barry) and we got signed to AM/PM. we later split up and i kept the name and moved labels to perfecto records, then later virgin (VC).
  • this pulled me away from my original goal in music which was to write and release albums of ‘real’ songs with a band. now it’s finally come full circle with this album.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • to carry on writing and releasing music for as long as possible.  i’ve also been working on film soundtracks since i moved to LA which is something i’ve been trying to get more into recently.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • since i was about 15.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • That’s a really tough one! there are so many…this could change by tomorrow but i’m gonna say massive attack, the stone roses and depeche mode. massive attack because their sound is so unique, the stone roses because their first album played such a big part in changing the sound of british music when i was in my teens and depeche mode because they’re so good at blending live instruments and electronica – which is what i’ve tried to do (in my own way) with this album.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

  • yes, the single – roll the dice – was a song i wrote after reading a book called the dice man, about a guy who bases all his life decisions on the roll of a dice… a crazy story. so the track was loosely based on that and morphed into a kind of anti-establishment song.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

  • i moved to LA a few years ago and as you can imagine there are loads of great venues here. the roxy, the troubadour, house of blues, viper rooms, el ray, greek theatre – i could go on and on..

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

  • the last band i went to see locally was ‘the pains of being pure at heart’ at the el ray theatre, they were pretty good.

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

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