When did you first know you wanted to make a life in music?

Lyrics were really the thing for me that I thought was most unique and that I wanted to share as far as I could.

How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it before?

Alt Singer songwriter quirky black humour and punk guitar attitude with a Violent Femmes / Cohen Brothers/Lou Reed vibe.

Who are your top 5 musical influences?

The Fall

Neutral Milk Hotel

Mountain Goats



What new music are you listening to at the moment?

Madensuyu- belgian duo piano drums sparse vocals a lot of emotion and subtlety- great music videos.

What city is your home base and what is the music scene like there?

Bristol UK is very experimental and very competitive – young student town. Venues used to be a lot more DIY now they look more to the London fashions.

Which do you prefer more, performing live, or recording in the studio, and why?

It’s marginal but these days recording mainly as I have so many ideas I want to experiment with and I have decent equipment built up from years of playing to do exactly what I want.

Is there a song on your latest release that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? 

Cat Food Fairy – played on a radio program on Bristol’s  weirdest bands- ‘weird’ often used  to describe stuff that is hard to describe. I’d say trademark Badgertrap: funny, raw, self-deprecating, rebellious but optimistic and it is inspired by a woman’s scorn -a frequent source of inspiration.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? 

Califone gig in a Bristol working mens’ club- phenomenal cinematic sound out of PA built for uncomplicated Americana- I thought the lyrical delivery was modern day Lou Reed with much less ego but plenty of attitude. And they were welcoming enough so that I could tell them afterwards how I felt.

If you could collaborate with any band or artist (living or dead) who would it be, and why? 

The Fall – because they really did do it their way and how they continued to produce and fly in the face of the music business and just do exactly what they were compelled to do creatively

What are your goals for the future?  

Continue to produce- persuade my family to join as an auxiliary  band – rebuild the band. Make more music videos which take ages but really important as there are a lot of visual messages to relay hidden in the lyrics and feel of the music. To keep a direct relationship with my fans

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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