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Limozine

Discography
Car Crash Casino Album Oct 2007
El Presesidente single Nov 2009
Evil Love album April 2010
You da Boss single April 2010
Mutiny Girl single June 2010
Siamese Twins single Nov 2010

Hi, how are you?
I’m cool. I’m sat in a pub by the river playing cards

Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Johnny plays guitar, Tim drums, Karl Bass and me, Dean, vocals and guitar.

How long has the current band line up been together?
Two years.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Rock n Roll with a shot of Punk

What have you been up to recently?
Recording our third album and sorting out artwork for the new single.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Out new single Siamese Twins is out in Nov.
Our third album Full Service will be out next year.

How did you meet each other?
I met Johnny in a recording studio in Coventry, Tim in an off licence and Karl at a party.

How did you come up with your name for the band?
I wanted a name that fitted the music. Something big and trashy.
Limozine kinda stuck.

Did you always want to be in a band?
Yeah. We all did.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
The Cramps, The Birthday Party, The D4

How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
Twenty Years

What were your first music making experiences?
Same as today. Garage. Punk. Rock n Roll.

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Self taught.

What is your current equipment?
I use a Les Paul or a Tele through a 1978 Marshall valve combo

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
I’d buy an old fender twin reverb, a Vox AC30 and a Marshall stack.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Pretty much but we use a few of our producers guitars and amps...a vintage Telecaster, a Fender Coronado and a Vox AC30.

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Recording has a routine. Set up the bar. Set up the band. A big fridge is essential.

Which software/recording process do you use?
Cubase

Would you sign with a major record company?
Yes.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
We have a third album out next year called Full Service.

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
We have lots of involvement. We work with a producer called Paul Sampson. He’s the 5th member of Limozine so it’s all pretty easy.

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
If I wasn’t in a band then maybe.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do? 
If there is a good band vibe then the recording session usually rocks but if not then recording can be a pain in the ass.

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Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
What you get on record is pretty much what you get live.

Do you have any favourite tracks from your album?
You da Boss from Evil Love. Siamese Twins from Full Service.
Junkie Girlfriend from Car Crash Casino.

Who are the main songwriters for the band?
I write the words and we thrash out the music together

Do you have a method for writing songs?
No method but a few lyrics is always a good start.

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Truth and lies is a good combo.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Both.  But the best songs are usually the easiest to write

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing? 
Poison Ivy guitarist from the Cramps.  Angus Young

Who are your favourite songwriters?
Lux Interior, Bon Scott, Mark E Smith

Which countries have you gigged in?
Germany and the UK

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
America, Brazil, Japan.

Who would you like to tour with?
ACDC and Iggy Pop.

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We use Manilla PR.

Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
Myspace covers everything we need

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Yeah

With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit the lesser-known artists?
Less web sites for bands would be a start.

How do you relax?
By driving very fast on the wrong side of the road

Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
No. We wont be entering any band competitions

What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
An ex manager got us this gig/competition about six years where the average age of the other bands was about eight years old.
We didn’t play. We were to busy feeding our managers head to some pigs.

Do you get nervous before a gig?
The adrenalin gets going yeah.

How do you calm down?
With a few beers after the gig

What are your day jobs if you have them?
Karl works in a shoe shop... he’s the patron saint of quality footwear.

Would you like to be full time working musicians or are you happy with things as they are?
I dont know, what are the hours?

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
No.

Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
A low budget, straight to dvd, nasty little horror film would be good. Basket Case 4.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Cheers for the interview.

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