Who are you and where are you from?
My name’s Jed and I’m from Newcastle. I play drums etc in a band called Sunset Sons!
Who are your favorite artists from home?
I’ve always thought there was a certain artistic magic to how Alan Shearer played football.
What’s it really like touring?
Loads of sitting in a van, loads of hotels, loads of gigs, loads of cider
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
We played our first show in Germany last night in Berlin. Rad city!
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
I think headlining the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury would be ideal.
Tell us a tour story…
I had a funny conversation in a laundrette in Paris the other day with an older woman who was the only other person in there. My French is ok but far from great. Our conversation began when she asked me what I was doing in Paris and that I must be a musician because of the hat i was wearing…and ended with her asking whether my dad might be around as I was too young to take her out for dinner. Gotta love France.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Our last EP (the Fall Line EP) made it to number 1 in the iTunes rock chart! We’ve also been tipped by the likes of the BBC Sound of 2015 and MTV Brand New. There seems to be a bit of a buzz at the minute.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
I’m not sure about worst but a good friend of mine who works for a touring sound and light company said ‘sleep when you can’ and ‘you don’t have to party EVERY night’
What do you do to relax?
What are you reading?
I’m reading a French book called ‘Le Petit Prince’. It’s helping me with my French.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I never watch TV really. Actually, I do spend a lot of time on Netflix on my laptop. Netflix is a touring essential. True Detective was the last really good thing I watched.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
I’ve been watching a lot of Superbowl half time shows recently. There’s an amazing one with the Blues Brothers from the 80’s. ZZ Top jam with them, the lot. The Springsteen one is the best tho!
What website do you visit most?
I punish myself on a daily basis by checking the surf forecast back in Hossegor. Magic Seaweed has a pretty good webcam that looks over the place I surf every day when I’m back down there.
What is your favourite:
Record? Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
Song? ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen.
Lost classic song?
Lady Eleanor, ‘Lindisfarne’
Creation. Primal Scream, Oasis and The Mary Chain all at the same time.
Who is your favourite current artist?
I watched George the Poet play a few songs at an MTV party not too long ago. He was amazing. I think we are playing few festivals on the same bill as him this summer so I’m gonna check him out again. And Jack Garrett!
A new artist that you are most excited about?
I’m quite excited about a band called Sunset Sons…
What was the last great gig you have seen?
We’ve been on the road for pretty much a year already and we don’t get to see many other bands these days as we are always playing. I saw Bruce Springsteen a few years back in Dublin actually. It was pissing down with rain all day and he came on and the first song he played was a cover of ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by Creedence. The rain stopped. Fact.
I could tell you but I don’t want to incriminate myself.
What should we expect from your Irish show?
It’s going to be our first ‘proper’ Irish show so we are all buzzing for it. Dublin’s a great city and we all can’t wait to sample a Guiness or two. Apparently it tastes best in Dublin?
Sunset Sons play in Whelans, Dublin, on May 9th.