No Hot Ashes are an upcoming indie rock band from the little town of Stockport, just outside of Manchester. Made up of Isaac Taylor, Luigi Di Vuono, Jack Walsh, and Matthew Buckley, we were extremely excited to ask the upcoming band a few questions and get to know them a little bit better.
What was your first memory of making music?
We all started playing our instruments pretty young, probably around the 6/7yr old mark but that all came together when we were in high school and decided to start playing in bands. Since than we`ve just kept at it and it’s become a big part of our lives.
I’m a big fan of Blossoms and noticed that you are both from Stockport. Do they inspire you as an upcoming band?
All of us in the band are really inspired by what Blossoms are achieving today, they have really worked hard and have done so much in the past year or so it’s really nice to see a bunch of lads so close to home doing so well. We knew a few of the lads from their older bands gigging in and around Stockport so its sweet to see that it is possible for guitar bands to make it. We supported Blossoms at one of their early gigs they played at the Blue Cat Café in Stockport and you could tell that there was something special about them; there was a lot of hype around them. The main reason we have a lot of respect for Blossoms is because they are trying to do something different, they are making their own path. That is what we are trying to achieve.
What was the first CD that you’ve ever bought?
Matt: RCHP – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Lui: Kool & The Gang – Wild & Peaceful
Isaac: The Pixies – Doolittle
Jack: General Levy – Incredible
If you could collaborate with any other artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Why that artist?
Tough one, it would have to be between Red Hot Chili Peppers & James Brown. Both huge icons to us and we’d like to think they would like the music we are producing.
If you had to share a hostel bed with any other musician/band member/artist in the world, who would it be?
What are you currently working on now? Any new music coming soon?
We’re currently rehearsing and writing and we have some studio time booked in for mid-March with our producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, JAWS) in which we are going to record and release our next single “COOL CAT” through our independent label “PWS”. We are really excited for the next single, we feel like our song writing and general sound is developing all the time and this will be the end product of all those hours spent writing.
Is there anything special behind your band name? How did you all meet each other and form as a band?
Not really, no, haha we’ve never really loved the name but it’s kinda stuck now. There are bands with worse names anyway…
What advice would you give to fellow bands that are just starting out?
Don’t copy. Make your own sound, make your own path, don’t rely on anyone else for help and work hard. We’ve learnt a lot over the past couple of years and there’s still so much we don’t know about. The biggest advice we’d give is to just get out there and speak to people, gig, get involved with everything but be selective, value your music and work hard.
Everyone has that one artist/band that’s their guilty pleasure listening to, who is yours?
All four of us are massive funk/soul/pop fans there’s a lot of cheesy pop/guilty pleasures out there, if we had to pick one it would probably be Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out” we really love that song and Diana has many a banger.
What is your dream festival to play? Why that one specifically?
Being from the North our closest major festival is Leeds Festival, I guess that’s a big one for us, to play at a festival all of us have been too and physically experienced ourselves would be special but there’s just so many. We would literally play anywhere in the world given the opportunity. Festivals like Benicassim, Lollapalooza and Coachella are ones we aspire to play one day too.
What music did you grow up listening to? Do you think it has influenced the sound of music you create?
We all grew up listening to a lot of old music, old 70s/80s funk & soul really but then we also listen to a lot of modern 2000s indie bands like Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol and loads more. There is a lot of influence flying around really but we kind of just try to re-create the feel of what it would be like back in the 80s and onwards with funk bands and crowds dancing and just giving it on stage to crowds. Combined with that is all the indie guitar band influence so it’s a funk/indie fusion.
If you could compile a playlist of 7 songs that you’ve been playing nonstop, what would the songs be?
Daft Punk – Lose Yourself to Dance, Violent Soho – Covered in Chrome, Loyle Carner – Florence (feat. Kwes), The Magic Gang – Jasmine, Dilly Dally – Ballin’ Chain, Action Bronson – Baby Blue (feat. Chance The Rapper), and Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough.