New Device Interview
1). What are the names of your members?
Daniel Leigh – Vocals, Roz Ison – Drums, Nick Hughes – Bass, Nick Jones – Lead Guitar and Matt Mallery – Rhythm Guitar.
2). When did you all get together?
This line up is relatively new and has been together for the best part of half a year now.
3). How did you all meet?
We’ve known each other through various bands that we’ve toured with or played with on the UK rock circuit. This line up came about through a perfect synchronicity with us needing members just like the new guys that we’ve got in and our new boys looking for a band just like ours.
4). How would you describe your music?
I think many would describe our first album to be a modern slant on what most would call the classic rock genre, however in our latest album we have explored a more darker approach to writing, recording and performing rock music. The lyrical content now delves far deeper into the human condition of the individual and dare I say political stances, which has led rise to a deeper passion and drive within what New Device has become as a unit.
5). Who are your major influences?
I primarily came from listening to groups such as The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Queen and singers such as Robert Palmer. It wasn’t until high school that I was blown away by a little band called Nirvana and then knew that I didn’t want to just listen to rock music I wanted to play it, this then led me to discover such bands as Metallica, Guns N Roses, Fuel, Bush etc though I’ve never really been a great fan of ‘Metal’ as a whole there is a great deal about metal music that I have learnt to appreciate and have adopted within my own writing style. As a band it spans across the board from the very heavy such as Lamb of God to the punk rock such as The WIldhearts and the pop sensibilities of Blur.
6). Complete the sentence: One day as a band we hope to… Headline the O2 arena in our own right.
7). Why should people listen to your music?
If you’re tired of hearing the same vocal tones from the same generic vocalists, if you’re tired of the same boring lyrics all about people’s ex boyfriends or girlfriends or being dumped, if you’re tired of listening to bands who seem to have lost the enthusiasm they once had for the music that they play this is exactly the reason why you should listen to us as New Device promises to give you a fresh exciting sounding musical experience, full of self belief, gargantuan choruses and thunderous beats.
8). What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Quite simply we plan to record our second album throughout the whole of May and follow through with a heavy press campaign and extensive touring throughout the rest of the year.
9). What albums/EP’s have you released so far and where can people get hold of them?
Our debut album ‘Takin Over’ is available from HMV and on iTunes, amazon etc..
10). You’re also part of an acoustic side project, what brought that about?
An acoustic project has been something I’ve wanted to do for the best part of 7 or 8 years but for one reason or another never pushed myself hard enough to doing one. It wasn’t until we were left in the lurch by a former guitarist right before we were set to play a UK tour that I decided to do the tour by myself instead of letting everyone down. I was met with such gratitude and enthusiasm for my music from fans and new demographics that it started to occur to me that this was something that I should pick up again. It wasn’t until I was offered a record release that I realised I should probably start taking this side of my musical expression more seriously.
11). How do you find working on two different projects at the same time? Does one influence the other in anyway?
I find both projects aren’t mutually beneficial, they allow me to view different spectrums of song writing simultaneously and keep my mind active and fresh on new material. My solo work is under taken around New Device which is my main concern which consequently keeps me in front of audiences and has pushed me into becoming a far more rounded front man as it has thrown me into the realms of being the only man on stage and having no one else but myself to fall back on. It’s also allowed me to take a different approach to New Device by experimenting with various tracks in an acoustic format.
12). Finally – say something profound that will make everyone think:
Colonel Saunders received 1009 ‘nos’ before he received his first ‘yes’ for his recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken. How many times has someone said no to an idea you’ve wanted to do and you’ve given up on it and how many of us can honestly say that we’ve ever believed in something enough to be rejected over a 100 times let alone 1000 and still hold true to the faith that we have in our goals and in ourselves?