Cross-continent band Liam Naughton & The Educators are split between London, UK and Perth, Australia. Showing that the pandemic doesn’t stop the creation of new music.
How would you describe your music?
When I was learning the guitar I didn’t specialise in any particular style like blues, rock etc so I wasn’t taken down any particular path.
When I’m writing I don’t set out to write a certain type of song, I wait until I find something musically that interests me and is far enough removed from anything I’ve heard before.
But from my releases, in general what comes out is along the lines of 90’s guitar rock.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
2020 I had decided to take a year off my day job and move to the bright lights of London from Perth Australia. The plan was to hook up with Cameron (our lead guitarist) and launch an assault on the Irish and UK music scene. I mean, what better place to test your wares against all of the up and coming acts in one of the main centres for music.
I wasn’t fazed either, I felt that I had some good horses in my stable and was ready to bang some doors down. I’d lined up a bunch of shows so what could possibly go wrong????
Holy Fuck. Covid-19.
The pandemic showed me though that you can get good work done without being in the same country. To finish off the Cut On A Cut EP it was an international collaboration with Cameron (lead guitarist) and George (drums) in The Animal Farm’s London studio, me in a Perth studio – producing and mixing in London, and mastering in Sydney.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Neil Young was a huge influence on me my and really got my cogs moving. I think the greatest influences on me come from histories trail blazers. Those who put two fingers up to the norm and current trends.
People like Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, bands like Sex Pistols, Radiohead, Vincent Van Gogh. Ya know, those who did it their way and didn’t bend to the requirements of the mass populous unit shifters.
I’d probably have a bit of commercial success that way but I still have to look at myself in the mirror. I gave up trying to please people a long time ago.
What inspires you?
I write about the things I see and feel every day. Some things pass you by but, whatever your make up, be it nature or nurture some things make your ears prick up. Things that affect you deep inside your soul (not trying to be over dramatic) I guess.
Just every day things; I’ve a lot of empathy for this world. Wish I could turn it off sometimes. I’ve written about mental illness, addiction, life, love, loss, fascism (Combat Kevin from Leaning In), how we can’t control life, prostitution, happiness, sadness, goodness, badness, three bags fullness etc etc. I’ve just written a song about Harvey Weinstein that’ll get a run on the next LP. I called it Harvey Weinstein ’cause I like to be cryptic. They’re all stories anyway
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Studios are expensive, round about $750/day so when we’re headed for the studio I make sure we’re well-rehearsed, on point, no fucking about, get in and get the job done.
So to answer your question- Studios are not for writing. Write anywhere except the studio. I don’t allow pens in the studio hahaha
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I really like playing Life In Technicolour live cause it’s such a belter, a rip roarer of a track and it’s delivered sideways. It really gets the foot stomping mob going and it’s a regular show opener.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Mmmmhhh, Jennifer Lopez… na na only joking. Look, I’d like to tour with anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. I’m not into these ego driven rock star people, I find people like that really boring.
I’d really like to be on a bill that has John Fruciante’s name on the board. Whoever he’s playing with at the time – Yes please. He’s my favourite rock personality cause he’s just in it for the music and he’s gone to the ends of the earth in search of something spiritual and pure – he’s a tripper.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s just been prostituted hasn’t it. The mainstream, the corner stone of ‘The Industry’, well they’ve sexed it up to keep those units moving.
There’s not a lot of substance. Their setting the standard and their saying that shit is the bar you’ve got to aim for. Very confusing. It’s not about the music and that’s the sad thing. It’s about celebrity, my image, my profile, fame, anything other than the person you actually are. If you want success in this life, for God’s sake don’t be yourself….that’s what they’re saying.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We toured Western Australia one time, and were pinned in to play at The Nannup Music Festival. We had a last minute fill in bass player for that gig and nobody really knew too much about him. Bit of a risk but we were desperate.
It was the last day of the festival and we were all celebrating and very fucking pissed. My tuner also crapped out on me that morning so I bought a new one and wasn’t really paying too much attention when I bought it. Should have read the label.
The show started and we sounded shit. What the fuck, it was my guitar. Turned out the tuner I bought was for a trumpet and that’s why it wasn’t sitting properly on the guitar neck so my tuning was all over the place.
Anyway I borrowed this Bass dudes tuner, got sorted and we started again. The crowd were getting a bit agro at this stage. What else could go wrong? Next minute, the cops turned up and stopped the show cause this fill in bass dude hadn’t payed a whole heap of fines and turned out he was on arrest warrant. Yeah, that was a bit of a disaster
What are your future plans?
Well I’ve been thinking of different ways to get to wider audience so the plan is to release a new single called Panda Eyed Princess which is about prostitution, get an insta-influencer to star in it and get to their audience. And here’s a world first lyric release. Oh and by the way, I didn’t write it in a studio hahaha. Hey good chatting to you!