2015 has already been pretty busy for The Jackobins and things just got much busier with the release of their new single Waiting On The Sun. Ahead of the launch, we caught up with guitarist Veso Mihaylov to discuss the single release, festival season, and Jonny Cash and David Bowie!
AMBY: The Jackobins are….
Veso: A five piece alternative rock band from the heart of Liverpool.
AMBY: What’s the story behind the name?
Veso: If I can recall correctly. we were all sat down at a pub on Wavertree High Street, putting ideas out left right and centre. Since Dom’s a bit of an antiquity nerd we had a few ideas with historic references and someone came up with The Jackobins. We thought about it and the radical revolution they brought in and said to each other that’s what we wanted to do with music, stand out and make some sort of a change, do our thing and not surrender to the trends, so we stuck with the name.
AMBY: Who or what influences you the most when it comes to making music?
Veso: It comes from all different sources really. It’s more about personal experiences and people that have crossed our paths, obstacles we’re facing and ones we’ve overcome. Liverpool as a city plays a big part in influencing us artistically too. As for music we have been recently listening to The Stone Roses, U2, The Killers, Royal Blood and are looking forward to Radiohead’s new release as well as appreciating The Struts and Catfish and The Bottlemen.
AMBY: Your next single is Waiting On The Sun. What have you got planned for the release?
Veso: We’ve planned the single release with a big tour in support which averages 30 + dates across the U.K. We’ve also put a campaign behind it, getting various fans and several celebrities holding Waiting On The Sun’s logo to create a buzz around and hopefully generate some more sales. We’ve so far had members of The View, Hurts, Twisted Wheel, Dexters, Repeat Offenders and a few more getting behind the single.
AMBY: You’ve got a fair few festival dates lined up over the summer which are you looking forward to playing the most?
Veso: Party In The Pines is probably the one we’re looking forward to the most. Apart from The Enemy headlining there’s plenty of exciting emerging artists that have been given a chance to showcase their ability and the fact that Acid Peacock who has booked the festival always look after us, makes it even more special. We’re also really excited to appear at Liverpool Calling and X & Y, which, similar to the above, have given a lot of support to emerging music and are located at two of our favourite Merseyside venues. (Bombed Out Church and The East Village Arts Club).
AMBY: What’s the best thing about playing festivals?
Veso: The opportunity to present your music to such wider audiences and hopefully capture their attention and imagination to the level where you convert them into dedicated fans. Also, the nature of our big sound feels very at home in the outdoor settings that festivals offer.
AMBY: And the worst?
Veso: The fact that until you reach a certain stage you only perform for approx 30 odd minutes and once you’ve hit the stage, you don’t want to get off.
AMBY: There’s a thriving music scene in Liverpool at the moment with a number of upcoming bands including yourselves breaking through, so who else should we be listening to?
Veso: Cal Ruddy is an artist you should definitely check out, a lot of potential and a really driven minded set makes him one to watch out for.
AMBY: Last, but not least, tell us something about The Jackobins no one else knows.
Veso: We live with 2 vicious rock and roll pet bunnies named after Jonny Cash and David Bowie.
Thank you The Jackobins, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Fi Carroll | @dirtyroknroller