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INTERVIEW: V0iD

April 27, 2010 by  

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INTERVIEW: V0iD

RHV: Tell us who you are and where you're from?.
WD: We are V0iD (Spelt with a zero) and we are from a town called Llanelli, which is 8 miles south of Swansea. V0iD are: Wayne Doyle - Guitars/Vocals, Wayne Esmonde - Guitars/Backing Vocals, Gary Doyle – Drums, Gareth Craft - Bass

RHV: Describe your music.
WD: Melodic, anthemic, classic rock.
GD: LOUD, modern rock!

RHV: Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
WD: Me, Gary, who is my younger brother, and Craft grew up together, more or less on the same street. When my old band split, Gary and Craft joined with me. Pricey joined about 2 years ago

RHV: What did you do before you were in a band?
WD: I can’t remember not being in a band to be honest.
GD: Me and Craft rode motorbikes and got drunk watching Waynes old band


RHV: List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
WD: Um, mine was Bon Jovi’s New Jersey album. Though I remember being a fan of ‘The Simpsons Sing the Blues’ when I was about 8.
GD: The Bee Gees.

RHV: What's the band up to over the next few months?
WD: The first single ‘Zer0’ from our second album is out on June 14th. Then the album also called ‘Zero’ is out June 28th…So we are going to be touring and promoting it as much as possible through the UK and Europe.
GD: Yeah man, I really love Belgium, the beers awesome there and they always make us really welcome

RHV: Best item of fan mail you've ever received?
WD: Craft used to keep them all under his bed, different colour panties from ladies he had met at gigs…Pricey (Wayne Esmonde) tends to collect fliers from venues we play, just to prove to his friends he left Swansea a few times, but that’s not from fans, so I guess that doesn’t count.
GD: Yeah, he used to have nosebleeds passing Cardiff!

RHV: What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
GD: Depends who is driving really. Well either me or Wayne anyway.
WD: Yep, if I am, it’s the Foos, Springsteen, Bon Jovi or AC/DC, if its Gary its Paul Weller or the RHCP’s, Pricey never gets to choose cos he can’t drive. Craft is always asleep. Or if it’s a Saturday afternoon and we are on our way to a gig early, we have the football scores on the radio.

RHV: What gear do you use?
WD: I use a Gibson Les Paul, through a Fender amp with a BD-2. Pricey has a Gibson Les Paul through a Marshall. Craft has a Fender Jazz through a Laney Rigg.
GD: I use a PDP kit, which is beautiful and Sabian cymbals..



RHV: What's your best on tour story?
WD: We got the usuals that most bands have. The best ones all revolve around Craft though.
GD: Yeah, he always falls asleep on the way home from gigs and talks in his sleep, but with an Irish accent….The first time that happened I couldn’t drive for laughing so hard.
WD: The best one is probably when we were going to SxSw in Austin Texas a few years ago. We were flying from Heathrow on a Friday morning and we also had a showcase at the Borderline in London on the Thursday night. We arranged to play the gig then stay over in a cheap hotel and go straight to the airport to fly to America. We were scheduled to play in SxSw on the Saturday so we had no time for delays. After our gig on the Thursday, a certain member of the band went missing, last seen walking through Picadilly circus with his arm around 2 ladies. Anyway, he fell asleep, in a suburb of London and didn’t wake up until a few hours before we were due to board the plane for America. He started ringing us asking where he was….Where we told him in no uncertain terms, to get to Heathrow as soon as he could. He made it with a few minutes spare, in the same clothes as the day before, smelling of beer. He breathed the biggest sigh of relief known to man, I think.
GD: It didn’t end there either, we had to have a plane to Washington and then catch another one from Washington to Austin. We were stood in a departure lounge bar in Washington and me and Craft were the only ones who didn’t have seat numbers on their plane tickets to Austin. We had a joke that we were going to be flying the plane and thought nothing more of it. As we went to board, everyone got on the plane, except me and Craft, we were told that there was no room on the plane. We went a little bit nuts, cos we had to catch that flight or we would have missed our showcase…Cue a lot of shouting, Security guards running round with their guns showing and urging us to ‘Calm the f**k down sir’ sort of scene from the film ‘Anger Management’ with Adam Sandler.. They eventually admitted their error though and they asked if anyone on our flight would be willing to give up their seats to us for return flights for seperate free elsewhere 2 people agreed and we were allowed to board…We did eventually get to Austin!

RHV: What do you demand on your rider?
WD: Those fried egg sweet things.
GD: Belgian beer, but it’s gotta be drunk whilst wearing a Belgian Mayors chain from its proper glass. Not too much to ask is it?

RHV: What's your website?
http://www.v0idonline.com

http://www.myspace.com/v0idwales




 

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