This exclusive Band of Skulls interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.
Each artist was asked the same series of questions relating to the live music experience, before being photographed just before and again immediately after performing.
Band: Band of Skulls
Interviewee: Matt Hayward (drummer)
Venue: Relentless Garage, London
Date: October 22nd 2010
What is your most memorable live moment as a fan?
Probably the first gig I ever went to, Counting Crows, aged 11. A friend took me and the whole experience and mystery of the night, thinking about what was going on backstage, was enough to make me think that this was what I wanted to with my life.
What is your most memorable live moment as a performer?
Our last gig in London at The Forum was very special. Maybe 6 months ago we struggled to get even 100 people at a gig and then after having been away for the best part of the last 18 months, to come back and sell that out to our home crowd was brilliant.
Have you had any disasters on stage?
Russell tends to blow his amp all the time, but we’re used to that now. The worst one was a music video we did where Emma was on a trampoline and kept her cowboy boots on and really badly sprained her ankle right before a gig.
Do you have any live performance aspirations?
In the UK I’d really love to play The Roundhouse, I really love the atmosphere of the venue. I’d also love to sell out The Hollywood Bowl.
Any pre/post performance rituals?
Not that I can tell you about.
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Photographer: Tom Oldham
Curator: Ed Bartlett (The Future Tense)
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