Get to know The Senti-Mentals…

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I was fourteen when I first saw Adam Ant on TOTP. It was one of those epiphanic moments in my life; I suddenly knew what I wanted to do!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Obviously Adam Ant, as stated, but also late seventies punk, such as The Sex Pistols; The Damned; The Ruts and Ian Dury and The Blockheads. I also found myself inexplicably drawn to 70s Doowop revivalists such as The Stray Cats and The Darts. As for impacting on my style, yes, absolutely! Both apparently diverse genres share a common denominator: that of rebellion.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started writing as soon as I could hold a pen. I began with stories; something I still do today; moved on to lyrics, poetry, and eventually novels and plays. Most recently published have been my two non fiction self help guides.
I formed my first band at the age of sixteen. I have fronted seven bands since then; four of which are still very much alive.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I gig weekly, sometimes more. Busiest time is the festival season; we did nineteen this year, including Glastonbury. I have just completed a fifty date national tour with The Antipoet and am currently in rehearsal for our next. I’m next performing at an Edinburgh Fringe seminar in Highgate next Monday (28th November). The next gig with The Antipoet is the following week at Manchester Hospital (a corporate gig for medical physicists and nuclear engineers; which is a first!) I host a monthly Cabaret night in Watford.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
There have been a few of these, such as being asked to play Glastonbury (the first of many years); The Antipoet playing with Ed TudorPole; singing with Den Hegarty of The Darts; being part of a scratch band at the end of one of my cabaret nights that included, Martin Stephenson (The Daintees), Helen McCookerybook (The Chefs) and Lester Square (The Monochrome Set) and as we played, seeing Karen, drummer of The Gymslips, in the audience. These may not be, ‘Big’ names in the grand scheme of things, but to that sixteen old boy who still lives inside me, (and who still has all their records) they are!  However, these may all be topped, as I am finally about to tick off the last item on my, ‘To Do’ list and have bagged the warm up slot for Adam Ant in Watford next May.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Ongoing diaries can be found on http://pauleccentric.co.uk/ and http://rrrants.org/
 

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