In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Ragweed ( @_ragweed on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey! How’s it going?
Haha, can’t complain but I will!
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what each of you do?
So I play guitar and sing, Reg does bass and backing vocals, and Josh is the drummer. Song writing wise, I come up with the basic idea, and then we flesh the thing out between us. As far as the boring admin / show booking goes, that’s my unhappy job haha.
PW- You have an EP out called “Breathing Holes”. How would you describe it to someone who hasn’t heard it, using only three words?
Ear hole joy
PW- Can we talk about the cover art for the EP? Who designed it, and what inspired the choice of artwork? (p.s. we love the gas mask, we’re fond of those ourselves 😉 )
So when the topic of artwork came up Josh said that his girlfriend, Katie, would be up for doing it. Reg and I had named the EP using lyrics from one of the songs on it called “Backbiter”. The lyrics talk about a mind in a jar with breathing holes. We told Katie this and she came up with two ideas, one is now the front artwork for EP and the other we put on the back of the physical copies.
PW- What gigs do you have coming up if people want to come and see you live?
Our next Brighton show is at The Prince Albert on Sept 6th, after that we have a tour starting at the end of October and going on until mid November.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
Oh all the time. Ha ha. Music wise, I get a lot of ideas just from walking around. Personally, I find creativity everywhere. In a place like Brighton you don’t need to look that hard. Sometimes I try the whole focus, focus and stay inside and shut the world away, but the best ideas, for me, usually always come when am out and about. It doesn’t take much for me to shut off the world, I am in my own world most of the time, that’s probably why I get ideas when am walking around. Just in my own head and taking what inspiration I need from what I see.
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
Get a real job, just forget it and be happy, haha. Life is a struggle. If you want something worth having, you usually always have to struggle for it. For us, it’s about having fun. Yeah of course they are struggles, with each other and with the industry, but when it’s not fun anymore and you’re unhappy, that’s when you should stop, or rethink your approach. As long as you are having fun and you enjoy what you are doing, who cares about the industry? Make yourself happy, who cares about anyone else? None of it matters anyway 🙂
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can watch/ listen to- no judgement!
So, if like a lot of people these days you’re sick of being told what is trendy, cool, popular, a 90s rehash, and just want to listen to some good rock music then look no further. You have Ragweed. A punk band for metal fans and a metal band for punk fans, all brought together by a love of a solid pop hook. Imagine a band that didn’t care if they were trendy, imagine a band that didn’t care if they were popular, imagine a band that just did what they wanted to do, and didn’t care about giving good head to get plays … well then imagine Ragweed 😉
PW- Thank you!
You can see more of Ragweed over at @_ragweed on Instagram