|Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM|
The Rock Fairy caught up with Tom Harte, guitarist and vocalist from Trucker Diablo, in advance of their mini tour for a little chat and here's how it went...
You're embarking on Trucktober, your mini tour in support of your latest album Songs of Iron. How have you decided where you're going to play? I notice Manchester isn't on the list!
Yeah sorry about that lol. These were the first dates that where confirmed and we scheduled some time off before we get the plans going for next year. So we plan to do a bigger tour next year and will get to Manchester.
What can those who haven't seen you live before expect from your set?
Big riffs, big choruses and loads of fun. We are get the crowd involved and have a big party.
There's been a few cases of folk quitting the music industry because they feel they can't make a living recently. How do you balance funding life on the road with keeping a roof over your head when you're not on tour?
We all work lol. We always meet at the end of each year and discuss the best way forward with the time we have, we have are hardworking and have been fortunate to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. We believe if we work hard good things will come. So hopefully one day we can do it full time, that’s the plan .
You've landed some notable gigs such as support slots for the Foo Fighters and Black Stone Cherry and a Download slot amongst others. Has this caused any resentment from other bands at your level or have they been supportive?
Everyone has been supportive that we know of, we worked hard to build a profile for the band that people think we are worthy enough to support these great bands. If other bands have a problem with that, tough!!
What advice have you got for bands looking to reach your level of success and beyond?
The industry has changed, you gotta work hard to get noticed, be humble and gracious to your fans, they give you the support to you need to further yourself. Work hard on writing good songs.
You released Songs of Iron on a rather delicious blue and orange splatter vinyl, what was behind your decision to release your album on vinyl?
It was actually our labels decision. They are American based and vinyl has made a resurgence in the states, so they did a limited run. They look awesome.
Spotify is destroying the music industry. Or so many say. What do you think?
I think it’s a necessary evil. Although artists make fuck all from it, if a person who discovers us on Spotify pays into a show or buys a t-shirt that compensates for it I feel. The tide is changing, we just got to ride the wave.
How would you describe your writing process?
I normally write a big chunk of the songs initially and bring the ideas to the rest of the guys at rehearsal and then we arrange from there. I normally have the melodies sorted for the songs as well and we just play and see how we feel about them, if they are good enough they end up in a set somewhere along the line.
What's your biggest achievement as a band to date?
Supporting the Foo Fighters and Thin Lizzy, 2 nights I won’t forget.
What's next in the world of Trucker Diablo?
After this short tour we have been nominated for a Northern Ireland Music Prize and will be attending the ceremony for that. After that we will be taking a break to the New Year. Next year we have plan to play the UK again, also Europe, U.S and possibly Australia. So should be a busy year.
The latest single from Trucker Diablo, "Maybe You're The One" is out now and you can find out more on the band by by heading over to their website at www.truckerdiablo.com