Shotgun Express interview
Hey SHOTGUN EXPRESS how are you doing?
Johnny: Hey pretty good thanks
Matt: Yeah! We´re doin really great!
I'm loving the video for 'from the gutter' which was released at the end
of last month, how was the filming process?
Johnny: Thank you. We filmed the video within one day. Our friends Denis and Jule produced it; I guess that's why there was a really great atmosphere at the set. Filming was both fun and stressful but we're proud of the final result.
Matt: Thx! We decided to keep the video simple, cause many bands try to do a video with something special – we just said we want SHOTGUN EXPRESS in the video, not a story, maybe next time. As Johnny said, it was stress n fun, or funny stress or stress fun ;) - no it was a cool thing, a very good team, they did a great job I think, and we´re all havin a great time on this day. Finally we´ve got a killer video.
So your new album 'Gypsy Blues' has just been released, how has the fan response been so far?
Johnny: Great, so far. We received a lot of positive response from the fans which is important for us. You guys keep the Express rollin'! We also got some good reviews from magazines.
How did it feel having Keith weir from the Quireboys playing on the album?
Johnny: It's a big honour for us. We met him at the shows we did with the Quireboys last year. I just asked him if he can record some piano for a song and he said yes without thinking about it for a second. I think most of the people who are into Rock N Roll know The Quireboys so its fuckin awesome he's on our debut.
Matt: Keith is killer! We sent him our song and only said to him, do whatever u like, I think one week later we got the piano track from Keith that definitely kicks some rock n roll asses! I love it – we´ve changed nothing!
What else have you guys been up to this year?
Johnny: By now we just promoted the record, filmed the video and did some interviews. But The Gypsy Blues Tour will start soon with a kick off in Belgium. And then we're on the road again promoting the Album with the thing we can do best besides drinkin: Playing live
Matt: There was a lot of organisation stuff to do for “gypsy blues”.
We’ve only had a few shows since Jan 2012. We were setting up our new website, doin merchandise and stuff, promo, rehearsal and we r glad n ready to hit the road!
You only formed in 2009 but have played shows with some pretty awesome bands! Which has been your favourite to share the stage with?
Johnny: That's true. We played with bands such as Cinderella, rhino bucket, vains of jenna, jetboy etc. but the band we had the best time with were the quireboys, a really great band on and off stage. I hope we'll have the pleasure to do more shows with em in the future.
Matt: The Quireboys shows were awesome! Its cool to play with some of our idols.
Now that you guys are in a band yourself, do you find it hard to make time to watch the bands you love perform?
Matt: u should try to play with those bands… just kidding, it depends on the date of the shows. There r still enough options to see ur favourite bands I think. But there is nothing better than playin with your own band.
How would you describe Shotgun Express to someone who has never heard you guys before? How do you differ from other bands with a sleaze genre?
Johnny: Shotgun Express is a NO BULLSHIT Hard Rock N Roll Band from Stuttgart/Germany.5 Hearts 5 Souls 5 Attitudes that just melted and formed together, just the way a rock n roll band's supposed to. In my opinion we differ from other bands because we are Raw, Dirty and Real like Aerosmith in the 70s, GnR in the 80s and the Backyard Babies in the 90s. And we don’t wear spandex ;)
Many bands claim that social networking sites have helped them in their
success, how important is the Internet in the music business?
Johnny: Nowadays it's pretty important. Nearly everybody's using facebook,myspace, etc. so you can reach those people for free. To run an advertisement in a music mag is too expensive for bands without a deal or DIY bands. Another good thing is that you can get in touch with people real easy. I think it’s a good 'tool' to promote a band.
Matt: oh yes it is important! The music business changed n u should use the “new” technologies to reach more people cause that’s the way it goes nowadays. U should be open for everything new and give em a try.
Are you planning to tour the UK anytime soon?
Johnny: I would love to tour the UK soon but at the moment there are no offers. So if any promoter/booker wants to get us over there don't hesitate to contact us!
Matt: that would be a great thing!
Well it would be really cool to catch you at one of your live shows! Now please tell us a random fact about yourselves!
We're 5 Punks who love beer and Rock n Roll!!!
Last Updated (Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:55)