Gavin Chappell Bates

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve loved music as long as I can remember. I remember singing a lot when I was very young, especially to musical films on TV. This love was consolidated really by a school project we did at Junior School on The Beatles and Sgt. Peppers. There was something about them and the album that I fell in love with. Around the same time one of my closest friends began to learn the guitar which inspired me to pick one up. The two of them together set me on the right path!


2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Growing up I listened to a very eclectic mix of music. There was the usual pop stuff that I had on cassette as a young boy (that I still have), lots of 80s pop that my mum loved, a lot of influence from the Beatles and Buddy Holly and generally rock ‘n’ roll. I was also very lucky to have an older sister who had great taste in music so that led me into a lot of 90s indie and alternative music long before my friends heard of these bands; people like Radiohead, Suede, Terrorvision, Therapy? and, most importantly, Manic Street Preachers. All of that has had a major bearing on me as an individual and the music I write. I think there are elements of all of that in my songs; I wouldn’t say I stick to one genre because I love so many different styles and genres.


3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started playing the guitar when I was 11 and I think I started writing songs almost immediately. It seemed like the natural thing to do.


4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I gig as often as I can. Despite the opportunities that social media and the internet give you, there is nothing like getting out there, meeting people and performing to them face to face. I have a lot of dates booked to support the release of the Black Holes EP coming out on 23 February which will be released soon and will be available here:


5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

For me it was the moment I discovered the Manics. Nothing has been so inspirational and life changing for me as that. I saw them on a late night show when I was in my mid-teens around the time of the Holy Bible. They were all dressed in their camo gear and were playing songs from the album. I was mesmerised.

When I asked my sister the next day if she’d heard of them, she produced 7 inches of both You Love Us and Motorcycle Emptiness. I played the latter first and I will never forget those 6 minutes of my life. It was such an intense emotional feeling and I said to myself they would be my favourite band forever and they always have been. That song still makes me cry.


6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

I’m in all the usual places. You can get me here:

Scrilla Interview

We got the chance to interview up and coming rapper SCRILLA earlier on this week, this is what he had to say about his single ‘Turn Me Up’ which is out of the 14th July!Image

You can watch the video for the single here –

1. When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

 Music’s been in the family, uncle’s a guitarist, mum’s a singer. My first forray into music was through playing instruments. I’m good with the keys as well as the drums. Progesssion from that was steady and gradual until I realised I was good at writing music, got good ears for beats e myand melodies. Inspiration will have to be my uncle i guess. Indirectly, watching him had exposed me to that musical environment, a seed was sown.

2.  Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

 I listened to all sorts growing mostly from my dad’s record collection when younger.From James Brown to Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson and many more. I was a big M.J fan, still am. My taste developed in my teen years, thats when I got into rap music, listening to Tupac, Biggie, LLcoolJ, Busta Rhymes and many more. The type of music I grew up with has definetly had an influence on the creative process now. Indirectly I’m able to draw on those exposure from my sub-conscious when creating my own music.

3. How long have you been playing/writing?

About 4 years now in total. on and off. Takes some getting used to at first, balancing music with family life. But where there’s a will and all that.

4.  How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I try to play a gig once a month depending on other activities. Usually once a month to remain active around the circuit. My next gig will be in Coventry August 1st @ Twilight Night Club

5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t have a favourite moment as of yet. There have been great moments, like getting radio coverage on BBC Introducing, shooting the turn me up video, touring last year. I like to think the best is yet to come so I will wait to pass judgement on my favourite moment.

 6. Where is the best place to find you online? You can connect with me on the following links