Prime are an explosive new rock band from Nottingham, UK. Since their formation in 2014 they have been one of the most prolific new groups in the area, releasing a mini-album and an EP on their own indie label. Recognised by The Animal Farm for their cutting edge rock n’ roll, Prime are set to release 3 singles in 2016/2017, with the powerful production from the London based label taking their sound far above and beyond anything they’ve released to date.
How would you describe your music?
Lee: Pure, honest, entertaining rock n’ roll music, the way it should be.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Lee: I formed the group, based in Nottingham, with fun, enthusiastic young lads who love music and performing live, and the guys playing with me now, Kieran Hill on guitar, Zero on drums and Daniel Ison on bass have enthusiasm and ability in spades, and a great history of entertaining audiences, all of them.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Lee: I love the great performers, the likes of Elvis, Bowie, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, but I also love the people who can easily have a great pop sensibility and can be in the charts but often chose not to, people like Lou Reed, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Dr John, The Go-Betweens, The New York Dolls.
What inspires you?
Lee: Expressing myself and doing what I love, there really is nothing that compares to it. I also like to help change perceptions and ruffle a few feathers every chance I get….
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Lee: I’ve never written on the road, too many distractions. The studio or at home for the lyrics with full focus is the thing for me.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Lee: ‘To Be Or Not To Be’, our first single, is still the one for me, because it has the kind of flowing structure that really allows me to get into the performance… We’ve just introduced the Prince classic ‘Controversy’ into the set… the lads truly have laid that down, and Kieran’s bluesy guitar on it, and Dan’s funky bassline – works a storm.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Lee: Just one that plays to a load of people and makes a load of money!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Lee: It’s a bit of a shambles. The royalties young bands make from sites like Spotify and Soundcloud and its ilk are a joke, we need to all boycott it really. I think bandcamp is a good site to sell a product on. We need to start value what we are doing on the ground level of music, start getting paid – something, anything – and until we start doing that and stop prostituting ourselves none of us can really complain at all that we’re on our knees. Bands that are congratulated for millions of plays are working in the local coffee shops of their cities and we’re supposed to think that is a good thing? I was recently talking to a promoter at a Derby based club called The Venue, and was getting really wound up about the kind of payoffs that venues like them think young bands should be playing for. Put it this way, a band’s cut wasn’t enough to get each band members two drinks at the bar. Not good enough, it’s borderline slavery. And we need to re-introduce and take pride in a real indie chart, I think.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Lee: Too many to mention… lots of Spinal Tap moments for sure… our night in Cardiff was a hilarious one, it started off with me cutting my hand on a razor and just got weirder… and ended up with our drummer Zero getting thrown out of a late bar for spitting beer in someone’s face… the bit in between is unprintable!
What are your future plans?
Lee: Keep pushing the new single ‘Bye Bye’ in numerous places, record two new songs, ‘Let It Lie’ and ‘Walking Through A Place’, and then get ‘In Summer’ out in August with another new music video by Bad FridayPictures, our video maker based in Sheffield. Then play gigs abroad in places like Sweden, Germany and Italy. Can’t wait to get moving with many more plans.