1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.
My name’s Dave Russell. I’m the drummer for The Mojo Fins and I’m from Brighton.
My name’s Adam Atkins. I play guitar and sing in the band. I live in Brighton too.
Hi. I’m Stephen Brett. I’m vocalist and guitarist for The Mojo Fins. I’m from Brighton.
I’m Steve Hoile. I live in Brighton as well and I play bass, keys and sing.
2. Describe your music.
AA. We’re a four-piece featuring guitars, keys, drums and we focus on songs. We’re trying to keep things evolving with each recording we do, but we always look to produce songs that are honest and a true reflection of how we feel – we mean it.
3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
SB. Some of us met through school friends, or through mutual friends on the Brighton music scene.
DR. The original line-up has changed somewhat over the years. Initially though it was a case of myself and two mates from college who had similar taste in music getting together to write some songs. Our friend Stephen then joined shortly after.
4. What did you do before you were in a band?
DR. I’m still doing it. I work part-time in retail.
SB. I worked within social work, and I still do.
AA. I was in another band, and before that I was in another band. Can you see a pattern emerging?
SH. Listened to music contemplating being in a band, sang a lot of Beatles harmonies in my bedroom.
5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
SB. The first record I bought was ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker Jnr. First CD was ‘Appetite for Destruction’ by Guns ‘N’ Roses.
DR. The first record I bought was The House Martins ‘The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death’. I’m not sure about the first CD but I remember the first single I bought was a white label 7 inch of The Prodigy’s ‘Wind It Up’.
AA. It might have been something by T’Pau… no, hang on – let’s say that was my brother. The first tape I bought was Blur’s ‘There’s no other way’ – I’m happy to take credit for that.
SH. The first cassettes I bought were two Buddy Holly compilations, the first CDs I think were something by Nirvana or Pearl Jam.
6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?
DR. We’ll be promoting our forthcoming EP release, ‘The Spirit’, by playing several showcases in and around London. We’ll also be continuing to work on new material for another EP to be recorded, hopefully, sometime towards the end of August/start of September back at Rockfield Studio in Wales.
AA. We’ve also got a couple of potential ‘secret’ gigs in the making too.
7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?
AA. It was a card that said, ‘Happy Birthday Adam, Love Mum x’.
SB. Someone on Soundcloud recently said some very sweet things about us. That’s as close as it gets to fan mail.
8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
SB. We don’t really have a tour bus. The last music I remember us all listening to in Steve’s car was Midnight Vultures by Beck.
DR. If the question were ‘What music do you have on repeat on your iPod?’ though, personally, it would be No More Idols by Chase & Status.
9. What gear do you use?
DR. Premier drums. Zildjian K cymbals. Vic Firth drumsticks.
AA. Telecasters, a Fender Twin and a Roland Jazz Chorus. Lots of FX and a Kimbara acoustic.
SB. An Epiphone Sheraton, Vox AC30, Martin acoustic, and some pedals.
SH. Fender Jazz bass through an Ampeg combo. Yamaha electric piano with a recently acquired reverb pedal.
10. What’s your best on-tour story?
DR. When we’ve been on tour I’ll let you know.
11. What do you demand on your rider?
AA. A soundcheck – anything else is a bonus.
SB. Can’t top Ad’s answer really. A good vocal monitor and I’m happy.
SH. We’ve never really been asked for “demands” but if we were, I’d like some crisps.