Five Questions And A Playlist: Ditz
Brighton based quintet DITZ have been making a strong impression on the alternative circuit over the past couple of years with their short, sharp, pummeling spurts of noise rock, touching on heady influences of punk, grunge and thrash. Some storming live shows have recently earned them support slots with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses and The Coathangers.
With shows in London, Manchester and Brighton coming up, we caught up with the guys to ask them their thoughts on the music scene and to grab a playlist of some of their favourite tracks.
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Who were your favourite bands / artists at the age of 16?
Archie: BRMC ATDI Death Grips.
Anton: Beastie Boys, Foals, Enter Shikari.
Cal: Fugazi, Gallows and Refused.
Jack: Qotsa, The Damned, Supergrass.
When did you realise music could be a career?
Archie - When I won my first battle of the bands at 12 getting a cheque for £1k and stage managing. Earning doe and getting more work through that.
Cal: Can it? Ahah.
Do you have a job outside of music?
Archie: I work as a freelance stage manager.
Anton: I run Hotwax Promotions in Brighton and I also work at Brighton Dome as a tech.
Caleb: I work full-time in a bar in Brighton. It can be pretty fun as you get to meet so many people and other musicians.
How well is live music music supported in your hometown / city?
Archie: Wycombe has little to nothing going on in terms of a scene. The smaller shows I played there as a kid were great fun but there’s no real opportunity.
Anton: Bath has two decent Grassroots Music Venus, they’re the only venues that keep the city going for small tours. For everything else, it’s all in Bristol.
Caleb: I'm from Gloucestershire and there's really not much opportunity for musicians, unless you're a function band playing in the local pub then you'd have to venture out to Bristol to play anything worthwhile. The only well-known band to come out of Gloucestershire is EMF. There's a busking festival there as well as a couple small local festivals, I played some of my first gigs at these.
Jack: There’s only one or two venues back at home which is a shame. Although there’s not a huge demand for live music and the quality is definitely not the best, it’s probably why everyone moves out by the age of 20.
If you could make one change to the music industry to help bands / artists in your position, what would it be?
Archie: Minimum fee legislation/government funding for touring bands. Claiming based on income.
Anton: More funding in the arts sector. The amount that small bands get paid in the UK is nothing compared to the EU!
Cal: When we've been to Europe we've seen what can happen when promoters are given proper support from the government. More funding for small time promoters would be great for every other aspect of the music industry.