The Interview with the Two Begins…
1.When and why did you start playing?
Bo: Equador came about after never agreeing on the content of my solo endeavour produced by Henry. So we called it something else to signify that it was a joint thing.
2. Which instruments do you play?
Henry: Piano and cello Bo: piano (badly) guitar (even worse)
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
H: Fur Elisa by Beethoven
B: Ha. Wonderwall by Oasis.
4. Is your family musical?
B: Mine were music lovers and not players
5. Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
H: My grandmother who is sadly no longer with us, was a concert pianist
B: Mine just had masses and masses of records and were always going to gigs.
6. Which famous musicians do you admire?
H: Joni Mitchell. Her pallet of musical colours is so vast.
B: So many – Now, Sigur Ros is my hero, but Dylan, the Beatles, and Patti Smith…
7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
H: Joni Mitchell and Ray Charles
8. Who was your first teacher?
H: Hugo Nighman. He taught me musical composition.
B: I never learnt music at school.
9. Describe your first instrument.
H: It looked very much like a piano, and it lead me to discover the wurly, which, I still play. There are about 9 different keyboards in our studio.
11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
H: I had an old blues album called History Of The Blues that played on repeat.
B: I’m an 80’s kid, I grew up on my parents Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and The Eagles records.
12. Who are your favorite musicians?
Both: as above
13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes…
14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
B: Henry has done a lot more shows than I have with the success of Zero7 – I’m pretty sure he did Top Of The Pops and Later with Jools Holland. I played live on BBC Breakfast once, that was pretty hairy.
15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.
16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
H: I usually look at the keyboard and then don’t look at anyone till the end of the song. So badly.
17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Both: Every time!!
18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Both: Embrace it, when the fear goes, that’s when you’re in trouble.
19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
20. How often and for how long do you practice?
H: Not often enough
21. What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
B: I’m always forgetting my own lyrics so that’s always quite a challenge. I have contemporaries who have auto readers on stage to remember!
22. Do you teach music?
23. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Both: With great difficulty. There’s always so much going on. Finding a good balance is obviously the key to great relationships. Can we say its a work in progress?!
Video – Equador ” Bones of Man” (Official Audio)
Courtesy of Equador