1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Ruth: Since we could wiggle and make noise!!! I think we’ve all been into it from a very young age. We all have such different inspirations, but I’m just a big fan of ballsy front women. At the moment my main inspiration is Alabama Shakes’ lead singer, Brittany Howards. I’ve also been listening a lot to the Blues Pills, who are incredible!! Their front woman, Elin Larsson, is the new Stevie Nicks!!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Ruth: I grew up with mostly Motown, Elvis, Beatles, Buddy Holly, and power ballads from strong women like Tina Turner and Whitney Houston!! The biggest influences were Etta James, Aretha, Nina Simone.. all that jazz you know. But through school it was all about the R’n’B and hip hop. Missy Elliot is still my favourite!
Mark: I think between Phil, AB and myself, we all have similar backgrounds in rock. I started with the Chili Peppers just after they wrote Under the Bridge, and then for some reason went backwards into classic rock and blues. The blues has been a massive influence on me, especially for the feeling expressed by the music and the pounding rhythms. One of the things I really like about the older stuff is the showmanship though, it’s hilarious!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Phil: As a band we’ve been writing for about 2 years and gigging for just the one. We all started performing and writing music when we were young, though, so we’ve had plenty of time to mature!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
AB: As often as possible! Juggling work, writing, recording and gigging can be somewhat hectic, but we try to play a London show at the very least once or twice a month, and also either down south (Brighton) or up north (Manchester) once a month, too. We’d love to go to more cities and towns around the UK and show them what kind of a show we can give them!
Our upcoming gigs round the UK are:
24th February: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester
10th April: The Monarch, Camden
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Ruth: Doing our showcase ‘Shake and Bake’ evening this month was pretty special. The response to the whole evening, including our new material, was just awesome. The best we’ve played together to date! All the bands and the audience had a great time and made some jazzy shapes. That’s what it’s all about!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
One stop shop for all your Mama Moonshine needs: www.mamamoonshine.co.uk