INTERVIEW – CHERRY WHITE

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

Most of the band met at a weekly blues jam, we’d go every Tuesday night and play whatever songs were thrown at us. It was a great way of getting experience in front of an audience and learning stagecraft. Soon enough though we started writing original material and wanted to spread our creative wings.

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To make a career full time, to be a working band creating new music for enthusiastic audiences.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

As individuals we’ve been writing for many years, but Cherry White demanded a different style of song, so all original songs for the band were written in the last 4 years.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Led Zeppelin, they became the biggest band on the planet on their own terms. They explored a variety of styles that represented the whole band while staying true to their own ethos. And they made a wonderful racket!

The Who, a band who could marry 4 strong individuals to create a style of their own, and blessed with one of the most talented and passionate rock song writers ever.

The Beatles, they took what was around and created a genre of their own. Every single band that has come along since owes them a debt, whether they know it or not.

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

It’s our first release with our new singer, Donata, and sees us mine a more rootsy sound and slightly darker material.

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

We’re London based, but gig regularly all over the country. Here in the capital we loved playing The Troubadour, Water Rats and Purple Turtle, and our spiritual home (where we all met) The Spice of Life of course.

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

We’ve played with “Bouquet of Dead Crows” from Cambridge a couple of times and love the music they’re making. “Thunderous Jones” from Derby impressed us as well.

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

Our website www.cherrywhitemusic.com is a good start point, and all of our music is on cherrywhite.bandcamp.com

Otherwise look for Cherry White Music on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and Cherrywhitegigs on Twitter.

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