FROM: ESSEX | FOR FANS OF: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, THE GO TEAM
When it comes to new music GoToBeat not only dominate the underground live circuit, but their fingers are well and truly on the pulse. But above all of the hundreds of artists they’ve pushed this year one is set to truly break in 2020. That is Longy.
First off hailing from Essex do you feel you had to get out of your area to play to more people and to be discovered?
L: you can stay where you are and play to the same 300 people every week if that’s what makes you happy, I’m just not that person, I’ve always dreamt about the world, it makes no sense to me why you wouldn’t want to see it, if music can breakdown language and cultural differences then I feel honoured to be able to play one note on the guitar, I think playing out of Essex is just a natural progression, and comes down to the question, do you want to progress? My answer will always be yes, in everything I do, even making my eggs perfect in the morning affects my day.
“My answer will always be yes, in everything I do, even making my eggs perfect in the morning affects my day.”
At the same time Longy seems to be very honest in your lyrical approach to everyday life. Has the band been in some ways a product of its environment?
L: We’re all products of our environments aren’t we ? I think we can influence our surroundings but we still are a product of it, the trick is to keep moving, people get stuck, they lose their minds in pointless arguments about how others treat them, they feel victimized, imagine if everyone said that no matter how big the problem we’ll get round it, but they don’t and that’s why it paralyses people.
How did the relationship between yourself and GoToBeat form and how has it changed the way Longy has grown, and in some ways changed?
L: They were hungry and I’m always hungry to see what’s going on out there, they make things so easy for us, usually promoters want you in and out, take the money at the door, then try to hoodwink you that you have bought no one. Gotobeat think win win, that’s where they are different, their new approach is fresh and makes pure sense for moving live music forward.
Do you feel in a world where we’re able to consume such vast amounts of music digitally that it is more important than ever before to make people remember your live show?
L: you always remember a live show, theatre, something dramatic, something that made you move in more ways than one, if I said Mike tyson, most would remember Holyfield and an ear, its now crucial to be good live, and rightly so, quality is what you want, to make sure that whoever is coming up behind you keeps standards high.
What to you is the definition of a good live show, from both the perspective of the artist playing and that of the crowd?
L: A higher vibration, the arena is a spiritual field of feelings and is constantly moving, when the two inspire each other is when the room is peaking, you want people on shoulders, mosh pits, energy, you want tranced out moments of disbelief that music has formed this enormous road in your mind, and the ride goes on for hours…
“you want tranced out moments of disbelief that music has formed this enormous road in your mind, and the ride goes on for hours…”
At the same time why do you feel nothing compares to an amazing live show, whether you’re playing one or attending one?
L: Nothing gets past being in a room with someone expressing themselves, taking you to places you can relate to but maybe are too shy or too proud to admit to, I don’t think it will change either, when it really connects and everyone is on the same frequency it’s a common euphoria, that’s why the rave scene looked incredible and was an organic, authentic movement, starting in Blackburn, that always blows my mind.
Finally, why should be people checking out Longy over everyone else? What’s the plan for total takeover in 2020?
L: I’m starting a project called 12, 12 songs in 12 months with 12 videos with 12 live shows, we’re working alongside Gotobeat. I’m buzzing to see the outcome, buzzing to get music out there. Growing up I’d always watch the cartoon Robin hood, the imagery of him and little john bowling through the forest, they get attacked and playfully fight back, I’d always be watching it when pa would come in from work, midweek and match of the day would be on he’d always bring chips in and we’d watch them both, it taught me to not hesitate with certain ideals, especially always making sure there was enough salt and vinegar on the chips