September means only one thing here at Mytacism Music, it’s time for Worcester Music Festival. WMF is a weekend of music in the center of Worcester (obviously) from the 18th till the 20th. But it’s better than being just that, volunteers spend the weekend collecting money for charity (this year for Worcestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre) and no matter what venue/artist you go to, you won’t be forced to hand over any currency. So, while we wait for that weekend to approach, what better way to deal with our excitement than to go through every act on the line up and find the very best for you to go and see. Today we asked the wavy, vibe filled Byron Hare a few questions ahead of their performance.
WHO: Byron Hare | WHERE: The Pheasent | WHEN: Sat 19th @ 10pm
Mytacism Music: Hi! How are you feeling about Worcester Music Festival? Are you excited?
Byron Hare: Hey, yeah we’re all real excited to play and to experience the event as a whole to be honest. Living in Redditch we don’t really get to hear much in terms of music festivals and gigs so Worcester Music Festival was always talked about amongst musicians when we were in high school bands. I hadn’t really thought of that until now so I guess that’s pretty cool.
How would you like to introduce yourself to new fans?
We’d like to tell them we want them to have a good time. That’s all anyone should ever do if they’re at a place of their choosing, it’s their right. I think they’ll be able to have a good time to our music, I know we do when we get to play it for people.
Have you played at other festivals before? How was your experience?
We’ve done a few, our first was Lakefest last year. We were playing the BBC stage which was a lot of fun, then the night got a bit crazy, Lee Scratch Perry was playing the main stage and needed to borrow a keyboard, so we sorted him out and ended up backstage with Buzzcocks drinking champagne and what not, it was really strange. We’ve also done Mortan Stanley in sunny Redditch and Lunar Festival this year. Lunar was great too, in terms of a vibe it was awesome. Our most recent was Sunshine Festival, we got locked in the car park for an hour or so.
What was your first live performance like? How has your act developed since then?
See this seems like a real easy question but for us we could write a few pages. I’ll try and narrow it down: When we started we were a three piece (Ben, Greg and Jodie). We used to record pretty ambient tracks on a laptop that would crash every ten minutes, so when we played live we wanted to replicate that feel. We used to all sit down on stage with cushions and a shared microphone and if things went wrong we’d just kind of wait. Then we booked our first gig in a venue (we’d only played art shows before), so we put together a live band and the three of us brought a house together. Dan and Kyle joined as full members pretty soon after and we had a couple of guys play live guitar for us before one of them (Jay Dyer) became a full member, making us a six piece. We carried on like that for a year trying a load of different sounds out before losing Jay and becoming a five piece with a real vision of what we wanted to do. This also meant we stopped using a click track and sequencer by the drum kit for pre-recorded electronics. So in short we’ve been on what feels like a pretty massive journey, but I think we’re getting close to where we want to be at now.
How has your local music scene affected the way you play live?
Again, so much could be wrote about the Redditch music scene. I think most people who play in bands have a rose tinted memory of when local gigs used to be awesome, but in reality in towns like Redditch it’s always been hard to get peoples interest who aren’t mates already. I think all you can do is realise that nobody owes it to you as a band to buy a ticket for your show. It’s really up to you to make it worth people’s while, and even if you do, some people just aren’t that bothered by it, and that’s ok. But if you do happen to come and see us, we’ll give you all we have.
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for your performance?
We’re writing so much at the moment that its honestly touch and go right up to a day before the gig in terms of what makes it into the set. Maybe we’ll have a new track or two, I hope so.
Are there any other acts you are looking forward to seeing or any that you’d recommend?
Vault Of Eagles will be a fun one to check out, Plastic Factory would be interesting to watch too, I think we played with them at our second or third full band gig, I know it was early on. Another band I’d like to see are Hey You Guys, purely because we used to record with their guitarist in our old band and he’s a top guy haha.
And finally, do you have any tales of the road you’d like to share with us?
We once uploaded a guitar, vocal and drum demo we sent to our live guitarist to learn to Amazing Radio without realising it wasn’t the full version. It got played pretty regularly for about a month, and it was dreadful. We do all of our recordings at home so it was an easy mix up to make I guess. We don’t know how it passed as radio worthy, maybe it was actually the sound we’d been looking for.
In terms of actually being out and about at gigs, we played three shows in 24 hours once, the last one was a grunge night with about fifteen bands playing. We’d stayed up all night before so were all pretty much written off by the time we played, which made for a strange delirious but euphoric experience, it was quite nice in a horrible way. There have been a few other things but that’s probably not for the internet, or any kind of print for that matter…