Simon Shackelton – Interview with ManIntheMiddleqg (Quintin Goynes)

Quintin Goynes | ManIntheMiddleqg

Donations to Quintin G. [MITM]


1. When and why did you start playing?

I started playing when I was around 13/14, I’d always wanted to play drums from before then after listening to albums in the car frequently.

2. Which instruments do you play?

Mainly drums. Although I play guitar to a very basic level (barely!)

3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

That’s going back some time now! I think it was a mixture of songs from Green Day and Pendulum. ‘Visions’ from In Silico comes to mind.

4. Is your family musical?

My Mum is a huge fan of music and I definitely got that side from her. I’m the only one in the family who picked up an instrument and committed to learning it, though. (As far as I know!)

5. Describe your family member�s musical interests and abilities.

Again, my Mum is a huge music fan. She is into all sorts, most notably Souxsie and the Banshees and The Who, to name a few. She’s also definitely one of our biggest fans.

6. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

I have a strong admiration for songwriters, such as Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Blake Mills and Jackson Browne. They can all craft a story with each song which the everyday person can relate to. It’s hard to describe really, but listening to those guys makes you feel like they’re singing about you.

7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) and Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes) are two drummers I have taken a vast amount of inspiration from. They each hold their unique style and have an incredible control over their dynamics which I find utterly mesmerizing.

8. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?

I can’t remember my first teacher in school really, I remember thinking arrogantly that I can learn everything myself. Which for the most part is true, but you find yourself picking up bad habits that you don’t know are bad until they’re pointed out to you. Once I reached 18/19 I began to take ‘proper’ lessons and was taught by the likes of Luke Flowers and Brian Hargreaves. Both incredible players.

9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.

My first instrument was the drums, I started out buying only a pair of sticks and air drumming to Green Day albums.

10. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Probably getting my first kit from my friend at school. It was already falling apart, and I’d have to keep it at my Grandma’s house and visit every time I wanted to practice/bash on it to whatever I was listening to at the time.

11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Not really, although Pink Floyd in Pompeii comes to mind.

12. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD�s?

Dawes, Blake Mills, Public Service Broadcasting.

13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh�s? Any prizes?

I remember I played for a friend of mine who was a songwriter and he entered us into some kind of competition. We traveled miles and miles to play one song and heard nothing back. So I’m guessing we didn’t win, I don’t even know what the prize was!

14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?

I play gigs fairly frequently, both with Room 1985 and another band of mine, Pretty Citizens. I juggle a bunch of gigs and hope for the best really. Most of the time they’re a great experience.

15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.

I’ve played for nothing like that, yet!

16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

It depends on the severity of the mistake, but mostly I just play through it. I remember once we had a power cut during the second or third song of our set, muting our backing track. I stuck to the click in my ears and continued playing, with the track resuming eventually and in time. It was a miracle!

17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Naturally. But it’s nothing a beer or two can’t sort out.

18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Unfortunately, I’ve found the nervousness never goes away. But in time it becomes less severe. I’ve played a lot of shows now and it does get easier. Like most things, it gets easier the more you do it!

19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

As in sessions for other musicians? I used to act as a sort of session player for songwriters during my stint at University and found it an incredibly valuable experience. For me, a good session would be when we wrote a variety of strong pieces in the few hours we had. It definitely helped me grow as a musician.

20. How often and for how long do you practice?

I don’t practice nearly as often as I’d like to, ideally I’d like to every day. When I do practice, it’s normally for 2-3 hours.

21. What do you practice � exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

I go over my technique and new songs that Chris has written. I also like to jam to my iPod.

22. Do you teach music?

I don’t, although it’s a possibility in the future.

23. How do you balance your music with other obligations � mate, children, job?

I work from 9-5 every day, leaving the nights and weekends free. If any project I’m with wants a gig/rehearsal booking, then I ask if it can be on a night or over the weekend. It’s tough but do-able!


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