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Interview with Nitroville
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
We come from musical backgrounds with our families, so it was pretty much a given. I think we’d always be doing something creative.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Travel – seeing other parts of the world and a change of scenery is always an inspiration.
How long has your band been around?
Vocalist/Songwriter Tola Lamont and guitarist/songwriter Kurt Michael founded the band. We have had the current line up since 2017 – and we are currently performing with a third guitarist – possibly to become a permanent member.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based in London, UK. However, this doesn’t have much influence on our music – as in, our music is not a reflection of London life. Our music could be written and produced anywhere.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
We went for a name which describes our music in one, sounding pretty explosive - NitroVille sums it up.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We put a lot of work into our live shows which is where we get an instant reflection from the people that come to see us. We’ve had a lot of comedy moments on stage which are always memorable, you just have to keep playing!
What is your favourite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
There isn’t any one venue in particular – we love them all! The Royal Albert Hall would be bonus.…; )
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
We’re playing Maid of Stone festival on 23 July, with Airbourne headlining. It’s not just about the big names -there are lesser known artists that are really interesting also.
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?
Be open to constructive criticism and new ideas so you can constantly improve. It was sometimes difficult to take criticism as a younger self.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Nothing. Everything is a lesson – wouldn’t change a thing.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Let it Roll, it’s from the heart.
Which songs are your favourite to play and which get requested the most?
Louisiana Bone and Ransom Game – two Southern sounding rock tunes which always get a great reception.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I enjoy the whole creative phase – I usually write the lyrics and Kurt Michael is the man for sorting out the music side - arranging, recording and engineering the whole thing. We take a lot of inspiration for song writing from road movies and books amongst other things - which contributes to our lyrical story telling.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Lyrical story telling mainly. We tend to stay away from personal related or political content.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Our next single and video release which is called ‘Cuts to the Bone’. It’s a slower number - expected to be out this summer.
We also have upcoming tour dates which include:
Hard Rock Hell Road Trip, Ibiza – May 2023
Hard Rock Hell – main festival – November 2023
Maid of Stone Festival – July 2023 – with headliners Airbourne
Plus several club venues in between.
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