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Q&A w/ Michael Paynter

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

I fully believe that ‘out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks’, so when I need fresh output I need to get fresh input. It is so easy to find new music nowadays. Listening to things that challenge me and stretch my mind/soul always sparks ideas.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I’m really enjoying being able to smash together almost anything right now. Pop music is so non-genre specific and so eclectic it’s amazing. IN the past 12 months we’ve made records influenced by Peter Gabriel, Elvis, classic Spanish music and more.

Care to give us a gear rundown?

Well I’m appearing at the Guitar Show to talk about the line6 helix – that’s my live gear of choice for all occasions. The perfect mix of sound quality, usability and live durability. From ICEHOUSE to The Veronicas to live acoustic cover gigs – it nails it all.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

I’ve played some great rooms. The Garage in Glasgow, The Forum in Los Angeles and The Corner Hotel stick out as some of my favorites. I also love the intimacy of Revolver

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

Love it. We’ve been throwing back to Go West, Alanis Morisette, Blink 182 and Weezer lately. It’s been awesome. Also, when I die I think I’ll come back as a frontman for a Sheryl Crow tribute band…

If you HAD to choose, would it be; The Baby Sitters Club or Sweet Valley High? Please answer in as much detail as possible.

100% Goosebumps. No competition.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?

Probably the huge shift into the internet/streaming era and the plethora of new challenges and opportunities that created.

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

Glastonbury would be incredible.

Have you had the chance to play a show with any of your musical heroes? Who were they and what was that experience like?

I had the pleasure of touring round Australia with The Script in 2010. We ended up drinking fine Irish Whisky each night post show and talking nonsense. They are absolute gentlemen.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Fergus James’ new stuff
Sunset City

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