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INTERVIEW: Ocasan

April 6, 2011 by  

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INTERVIEW: Ocasan

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: Lucas Okassane McDonnell – but Luke will do. I’m the drummer in Ocasan. I live with the band in Northampton.

2. Describe your music.: Picture the love scene from Ghost (remember the clay wheel?) only Patrick Swazi is ELO and Demi Moore is Fall out boy. That’d be close.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: I found our lead man singing in the streets of Bath with his acoustic and stole him. The bass player ran the studio we rehearsed in and blew our minds so we pinched him. There, did it in two… crap.

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: I’ve been in a band since I was 13 I dont remember much before then. Botany?

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5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Metallica – Reload
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
The Smurfs Go Pop!

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: We’ve literally just got back from shooting a new music video. We’re releasing our first single 2nd May. It’s called ‘When You’re Around’. It’s massive! The self titled album will be released in August. We’re going to be touring like crazy, shooting more videos and getting into trouble. We’ve poured our souls into this album. It’s time for people to hear it.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: We’ve played a few shows in the Channel Islands and one of the girls that came to see/hear us is 95% blind. She drew a killer pencil sketch of us. I’ve got it framed in my house. What a cool girl. Amazing.

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : ELO, RHCP, RATM

9. What gear do you use?: Fender champ & marshall cab for some filthy tones.
Sabian cymbals and a paragon kit.
Fender bass & Ashdown rig.

A full ‘American style’ marching band!

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: There are many but first that comes to mind – we played in a huge marquee by the beach that, during the gig, filled up entirely with water. We kept playing the show but it was really dangerous. The best thing was it didn’t kill the vibe at all (or anyone there) – people just kept rocking out and got really really wet.

11. What do you demand on your rider?: All the usual tea, coffee, water, beer, soft drinks…

Specifics include:
Rich – diced pinapple tower
Nick – football helmet of red skittles
Luke – fresh lilies

12. What’s your website?: http://www.myspace.com/ocasan




 

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