Interview: Loz Campbell
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
LOZ: I loved music from a young age (around 4) my parents were taking me to gigs so I have them to thank. I started playing flute at age 8 (after being inspired by the theatre orchestras) and then transferred to guitar at age 11. Lot’s of rock music was really inspiring and I wanted to play that.
If I wasn't doing what I do, I would probably be aiming to have my own restaurant. I love cooking and being a host so to do that everyday would be a dream if this all goes wrong!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
LOZ: I like to play sports and ride my motorbike. This doesn't influence my creativity but it is an outlet which helps me to de-stress.
How long has your band been around?
LOZ: I have been playing live since 2014 but got the band together around 2016/2017.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
LOZ: We are based in Wakefield Yorkshire, this didn't influence our music as unfortunately there is no music scene here but the good thing about that is it pushed me to go further afield and not be stuck in a local bubble.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
LOZ: Easy, it’s my name!
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
LOZ: There have been many experiences that I have been proud and grateful for. Including playing 3 of the O2 Academy's, I felt amazing on those stages! Also playing The Saltaire Festival in front of what I was told was 10,000 people was pretty amazing and it was written all over my face as I turned around to give my photographer the "OH MY WORD" shot. The legendary 100 Club London with Zal Cleminson's Sin Dogs was an amazing show that sticks in my head, mainly because of the response we had from the audience.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
LOZ: O2 Academy's definitely, we also really enjoyed The Waterloo Blackpool, such a cool place. We would love to play Leeds & Reading festival amongst some of the other larger festivals. I would also love to do some shows in America as we keep being asked by fans there which is ace. It’s such a huge place but surely someone wants to get us over there for a run of shows, if you're reading!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
LOZ: Oooh, definitely Halestorm, Guns n Roses & Skunk Anansie.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
LOZ: Be prepared to work very hard. To myself, only release singles as that’s very much the current landscape (which is what we do now).
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
LOZ: Don't play as many shows. And don't worry that boy will fancy you in five years time ha!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
LOZ: Probably 'Back Biting The Bullet' it was my first heartbreak ha!
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
LOZ: The new single 'Bad Girl' is my favorite to play as it has a great groove and keeps me on my toes. 'My Motivation' and 'Back Biting The Bullet', 'The World Was Made To Destroy You' seem to be favorites of the audience.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
LOZ: I write the melodies and loose structures, riffs and then take it to the rehearsal room and we work on structures together. I am very driven and it all stems from how I feel inside. I am
now inspired by fans who want more music and that spurs me on.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
LOZ: I try to stay away from messages and just write whatever I am feeling. That seems to resonate with people the most.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
LOZ: We don't, we all put our ideas on the table and suggestions. I am the main driving force behind the band so I make the final decisions and take onboard what everyone has to say. It seems to work well. I always want to make sure everyone is happy and we all have mutual respect for one another.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We have lots of gigs/festivals coming up all around the UK including a col-headline UK tour without friends and rockers from Devon, Firekind early July which is on sale now. People can keep up to date with gigs, find my new merch range and tickets at: www.lozcampbellmusic.co.uk