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Interview with Speak Easy Circus

A mix of funk, indie, and a bit of Jazz that I hear in the song selection, brings a much needed creative musical stance for fans out there. You can hear the band member’s different musical tastes and styles intertwined in each song. Today, we sit down with the band Speak Easy Circus for a fun interview! We will discuss inspiration of music, heroes, and much more! Be sure to also check out their music after the interview below!

What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?

All of the members of the band come from very different musical backgrounds, so musically our inspirations are very different as well, from Stevie Wonder to The Libertines to Snarky Puppy to Bob Reynolds. We are always looking to incorporate all of our different influences in our music.

Lyrically, the songs tend to be influenced by things that I have witnessed to experienced. For example, the inspiration for our latest single ‘Lions Should Hunt’ came after I saw an advert featuring a busty blonde model seductively selling something and I was annoyed that this was what people thought would be an effective advertising technique, and annoyed by the fact that it probably was effective! I took that further to think about how men are taught to think about sex, the effect that concepts of masculinity have on us etc. It all sounds very serious or preachy but we try to make sure it isn’t! I think that it is important to discuss these topics but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it in a tongue-in-cheek way.

What type of music did you listen to growing up?

We all listened to very different types of music. Personally, I (Jack – guitar/vocals) was a typical rock/metal head growing up, listening to Metallica, Megadeth, AC/DC etc. As I grew up my musical tastes diversified a lot (not that that was difficult), and even today I am constantly being introduced to music be Jon, Chats and Frazer (the rest of Speak Easy Circus).

Is there someone you looked up as a hero?

Slash was actually the reason that I started playing the guitar, so I guess you could say he was a musical hero of mine. When I was 9 years old my Dad put on ‘Appetite for Destruction’ in the car and it just blew my mind, I knew then that I wanted to play the guitar.

If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?

That is a difficult question, and one that I have avoided thinking about for my entire adult life! Maybe something to do with writing, but to be honest that is a bridge that I’ll try to cross when I come to it (hopefully never haha).

What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?

The best advice I could give would be to start right now. No one ever regretted starting too early, so regardless of what your level etc then just get started and release something.

Vic
Editor / Writer / Producer For Drop the Spotlight