After taking in T in the Park and catching their live set, AMBY spoke with The Van T’s, a Scottish foursome who are “everything you ever wanted from a 90’s dream”. Enjoy our interview below as we discuss prestigious bands, recording new material, and Wham.
AMBY: Hey The Van T’s! So that was your first time playing at T in the Park, how was it?
The Van T’s: Hey! Quite surreal actually. T in the park as a whole was great, despite the weather at some points though. I think playing in front of such a buzzing crowd is something we can get used to. The atmosphere was ecstatic, everyone was just up for it.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar?
The Van T’s: Well, we would probably describe it as, fun, grunge-esque filled with girly nonsense (sometimes).
AMBY: Were there any favourite acts you managed to catch over the weekend whilst at T?
The Van T’s: I think we really enjoyed our pals bands the most, seeing them at T-break stage and BBC Introducing/Transmission stage. It’s a proud moment seeing them up there knowing the hard work that they have put in, it’s something to relate to. Kasabian undeniably always put a good show on also, always a festival favourite.
AMBY:Where do you gather inspiration for your music?
The Van T’s: I think we gather inspiration not only from prestigious bands i.e. Pixies, Hole, Smashing-pumpkins but bands who we are close to in the Scottish music industry, seeing them progress and doing well is great inspiration, do what you love, play what you love, practise it and be confident about it. In terms of writing, we base our music around every-day burdens to funny stories from nights out, it varies, just whatever’s going round in our heads.
AMBY: What’s next?
The Van T’s: We’ve got a few gigs coming up in the next couple of months, but I think we are mainly focusing on recording just now! Possibly a wee Scottish tour.
AMBY: Finally, what’s your guilty pleasure song?
The Van T’s: Has to be WHAM – Club Tropicana (obviously).
Thank you The Van T’s, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Gavin Craigie | @GavinCraigie