Interview with Gizmo, drummer of Hercules Morse, a rock band from Southampton.
1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I have been into music for a long as I can remember, mainly thanks to my parents, so I suppose my first inspiration would be my parents! My dad plays the drums, and from an early age I remember listening to tracks from his old band, The Results (The comedian Arthur Smith was also a part of that band). Towards the end of primary school I also made friends who were similarly into music, one of them playing guitar, and so we naturally formed a band, and of course due to my dad playing the drums that was my first choice. In terms of drummers who inspired me, I have say Ringo Starr for a start, as The Beatles were one of first bands I became familiar with, and Chad Smith is also one of my main inspirations.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My earliest memories are listening to The Beatles, who were played to me all the time by my parents, and I also have fond memories of listening to Queens Greatest Hits during long car journeys, as well as The Results as I mentioned before. Towards the early 2000s I remember being into the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and then around the mid-2000s I listened to a host of new indie rock bands including Franz Ferdinand, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis. It was also around the mid-2000s I discovered Jack Johnson who remains one of, if not my favourite artist. In general this has impacted the way I play now, due to the fact that I love playing rock mainly, as that it what I predominantly listened to, and still listen to today.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I have been playing since primary school, around year 5/6 when I had my first electric drum kit. I used to take it round my friend’s house to jam with two other friends. I only started getting lessons when I started secondary school though, as the school offered music lessons for students.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
These days I haven’t been playing live too often, due to the fact that the band I am currently in has been busy with recording and a name change and a whole rebranding! We should be gigging fairly regularly soon though, starting out with our launch gig on 28th November in Southampton.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
My favourite moment was probably playing live for the first time outside of my school with a band called The Flying Aces. This was in 2008 I think, and we played in a small club right next to the local football ground. It was great to see all our friends and others enjoying listening to us play, and have such a positive reaction to playing live for the first time!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
www.herculesmorse.co.uk would be the best place to find out all you need to know about the band. Of course you can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/herculesmorseuk and on Twitter at twitter.com/herculesmorseuk