Today, we sat down with Bison Face to talk music inspiration, music listened to growing up and much more! Be sure to check out their music on Spotify below after the interview!
here is the interview:
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
The music is just sort of there in my head, I’m always trying to learn new styles and instruments but there seems to be a constant flow of melodies and riffs in my head. I play guitar when I’m happy or sad, so it’s a reliable therapy for me.
The lyrics are all about my internal struggles, demons, experiences – all of those things. The last year has been a dark time for most people, and the last couple of months in particular pushed me to my absolute breaking point, both emotionally and physically. A lot of the new songs reflect that desperation and absolute desolation I was going through. And then there will be some pop culture references and poetic embellishment to veil some of the more “unsubtle” themes.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
When I was really young I had the usual radio tracks and NOW CDs floating about, and I enjoyed Queen and Franz Ferdinand. Mum loves the Undertones and Elvis Costello, Dad loves Sonic Youth and The Fall. My uncle loves Bon Jovi and Oasis.
Then when I was about 10 I saw School of Rock, and subsequently heard Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and The Stooges. That changed my entire outlook on music, I drowned myself in a huge variety and it became my entire world. Once you’re down that rabbit hole, it’s never ending. The Prodigy were another massive one for me, they were one of my first live shows.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
Dave Grohl was and still is the hero figure to me musically – the multi-instrumentalist, having been in two of my favourite bands and always came across down to earth. He’s been through a lot and uses his art as an outlet and a healing process. He always pushed that notion that you don’t need to be Hendrix level good or Axl level arrogant to be a good musician, and that’s such an important thing to hold onto when you start out. He’s an excellent role model for young musicians for positivity and passion, myself included.
If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
I’ve always loved writing and the use of language, and I’ve dabbled with bits in the past but I probably would have gone into film or music journalism and tried to be an author. Either that or working with animals somewhere exotic and far away from people. Something not behind a desk ideally.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
You don’t need fancy equipment or to be the world’s best player. You just need the passion and drive to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Throw yourself into it, alone or with some mates and just experiment and practice. See what works, see what doesn’t. Allow yourself to fail and be rejected because everybody has at some point, and it all drives you to become stronger and more creative. And have fun.