What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Three quarters of us used to be in bands a long time ago, we came about via a Christmas present for our drummer – a fun practice – we surprised ourselves and it all stemmed from there. It was all very organic; I had been a backing singer / rhythm guitarist in my previous band – so this was a new venture for me taking centre stage.
Like most bands I guess, we don’t put ourselves into a specific genre. When pushed – “Post punk alternative pop”, but what does that mean? Even that interpretation changes over time. We just like to write good songs, and take ideas from anywhere. Even Seagulls. Yes we even have a song about Jonathan Livingston Seagull. (it’s a book)
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our latest release is a vinyl only album, it’s a real record – rare thing these days although vinyl is making a comeback, hopefully in time for us. Oh, and it’s blue, we did not have much choice on the matter. Its on HX Records in London. It’s a small deal of which we really appreciate. It was put together during lock down – using recordings we had already completed. It was recorded, mixed, mastered by ourselves so it is the exemplification of an independent record. It sounds great. Go buy it.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My main influence music would Nick Cave / Bjork and non music wise? Anything kitcsh.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We all have input into the songs we produce so there is a real mix there. We all have different tastes, so we are very eclectic and diverse. We go from noise mayhem to emotional tenderness with a bitter twist. We started off with the rule that every idea would be considered. We see what gels best and take it from there.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Marine Girls – “LAZY WAYS”
Tom Waits – “Blue Valentine”
David Bowie – “Hunky Dory”
And the ass saw the angel…Nick Cave
A Day on the life of Ivan Denisovich…Solzhenitsyn
Two Women…Alberto Moravia
Stranger Than Paradise…. Jim Jarmusch
Midnight Cowboy…John Schlesinger
Bagdad Café…. Percy Aldon
also, I would have to sneak in Bladerunner
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I definitely prefer the studio where we create, I get so nervous playing live – mind you I never remember or control what I do when on stage so it’s hard to say. Recording in the studio is more measured – I am in control and aware. We record ourselves, it’s a creative process from inception of the song to the finished product.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Doing a documentary video on SALT, with award winning NYC Video Director Dylan Mars Green Greenberg, it was very strange doing this under full lockdown. We were tasked with videoing ourselves in remote parts of Edinburgh. Sometimes involving the band wearing Horse’s heads and me singing on a disused rail track. It was a challenge but the results were very good and strange.
In my previous band “The Ruby Suit” after doing a gig over in Fife, when crossing the Forth Road Bridge a metal beer barrel came off a lorry that was just ahead of us. It bounced towards and just missed us before bouncing over the edge of the bridge into the River Forth. We were all in total silence but when the danger had left, we all burst into laughter.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I would have to say “Hallowed”, off the album – it came out of a bass doodle, then jammed with guitar, only two chords – it came from nowhere- very organic – the melody and word came quickly; For the recording it was more about the arrangement and dynamics and how it all moulded together. It has a cool drum intro too. It was very a combined SALT effort from the start.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I would love to release more music, we are very prolific, we have so many ideas, it’s as if we’ve been bottled up for decades. We would love more people to be aware of SALT’s music. We do have a DVD coming out and a batch of new songs which will be released soon.
One ambition of mine is to get our music used in movies or TV. That would be cool.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
In my dreams I think it would be wonderful to work with Nick Cave. Pipe dreams, whatever they actually are. You did ask, or did I?
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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