Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is Glasgow-based indie ambient rock band Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire. We have not had the privilege of featuring them here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
We’re a band from Glasgow, Scotland who make alternative ambient rock music of a sort. I was a solo songwriter for a while before meeting a bunch of like-minded and very talented musicians and we formed a band together, bonding over a shared love of Edith Piaf, drinking, and chess. Only one of those three things is true.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Definitely not in monetary terms. Ed Sheeran may be a multi-millionaire, with a part in Game Of Thrones, but is he truly happy? Yes, probably. But when I was growing up, all I ever really wanted was for someone to say “hey, that’s a cool song.” Connecting with people through music – whether it’s one person or a million – is genuinely all that really matters.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Trying to avoid Ed Sheeran records.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
We have a song called “Violet” (which was the first single to be released from our album Swithering) and I just love the groove of the thing when we play it live. It’s not the most upbeat, but it just has something.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
My parents. Bob Dylan. Tom Petty. And those other guys in the Travelling Wilburys.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Time out of mind from thinking about music is always the greatest inspiration to get back to it, I find. Otherwise movies, movies, movies. Going to the gym is only for those suckers who want to stay alive. Not musicians.