'...Zappa was an inspiration especially a composer and also as a band leader. He was the person who showed me how an idea could be put on a blank sheet of paper and how it could then affect a 100 piece orchestra'
music we have actually learned 250 pieces since 2006, but that doesn't mean we
could just play them at the drop of a hat.
.When I was on
the road with The Eagles I practiced yoga in the morning and used meditation to
calm myself down. And while it was a difficult to do when you were in a Holiday
Inn with a freeway right outside your door, it was still a good way to start the
.When we started
on the material we just clicked. I couldn't believe how fast we locked into
something that worked so well.
There were no
egos and none of that 2/3 days rehearsing 'while I bend my notes'. These were
selfless soul songs and we all just went in and did them
going down 5th Avenue in Manhattan in a stretch Lincoln limo - I mean the real
sort before Essex girls got hold of them - and there I was thinking, for a bunch
of guys from Canvey Island this is pretty good.
..the way you
sell a band in a particular territory has a big role in how well you do.
So yeah it's how
you sell yourself, plus of course for me there's also the fact that we get a
chance to widen our crowd because of the Ozzy thing.
I suppose the
closest I got to folding the band was round about the time of the 'Conquest'
album'. I really did feel we'd gone as far as we could go.
But even then I
was inspired by the letters sent to the office from long time fans and from
people who had only just caught on to us.
I feel like I've
arrived at a place where I'm really comfortable and ready to go all the way. I'm
going to put my whole heart and soul into blowing European audiences away.
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
the States they nominated me for the Sean Costello Award for Rising Young Blues
Artist, and I've been doing this for ten years and sometimes you wonder just how
long I can be considered for that category before my star starts to descend !