What are your names?
Freddie, Neemah, Jonny and Ian
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the bands name?
Jonny opened up to us in the first rehearsal about his love in life.
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you as individuals and a band
Freddie – loves a midnight tea and chat with Ian and keeps the peace between Neemah and
Jonny’s constant bickering.
Neemah – has the biggest nose, the biggest quiff and is going to be a Grandad in January.
Jonny – loves a Chapman bass and is a part time painter at Delta Force. Give him a Corsa and
a pair of Gazelles and he’s game. Ian – knows how to make a cracking cup of tea, write a witty Insta caption and loves a political debate.
Your single ‘Content With Concise’ is out, tell us more about it
It’s a nice follow up to our debut single. We worked with a different producer this time, went
for an edgier indie sound that we like as a band. It’s more us, it’s more live and dynamic.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was such laugh and we learnt so much. It was the first time working in
the studio with the highly acclaimed, Peter Dowsett and his assistant George Carter. It was a
cool team and the perfect one for the job. Apparently it’s the best we’ve sounded, so we’re
pleased with the results. Working old school, tracking live as a band and using outboard gear
etc. We’ve got more on the way too.
What was the writing process like?
The writing process for this track was slightly different to our debut single. I wrote the track
(Freddie) with a old friend of mine (Max). It’s based on reverse poverty. We wrote about the
ever growing common problem of divorce in society. Giving advice to a girl who’s parents have gone their separate ways.
You also have video premiered on vevo, how was the video filming process?
That’s news to us. We have had an exclusive with Mark Meets and the video was also played
on Sky TV which was top notch to say the least.
You are also in studio working on your EP, what can you tell us about it?
We are back in the studio with Pete and George at RYP and we’re exciting on putting it out.
It’s full of indie riffs and hooks with some smooth twists.
How would you describe in two words so far?
What else can we expect from you all?
More music, more videos and more gigs.
Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up?
Koko in Camden, London on 18th January. It’s gonna be mad. Mad for us as a band too.
Also waiting for confirmation on a support tour of some sort.
What made you go in to music?
Personally, playing drums in a band with friends at school when I was 10 had me hooked on
music. Straight away I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to do on the side or part time. It’s a
full time job, but it’s so much fun. Doing something you love so much; it doesn’t get much
better than that!
Are you a signed?
We are signed to our own independent label, Incite Entertainment.
Do you play any instruments?
Everything the band requires. If we don’t know it already we’ll learn.
Who are your influences?
The Smiths, Nothing But Thieves, The Strokes, The Big Moon, The Cure
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Either from personal experiences, or we like to make a good story. For example our debut
single, ‘The Shapeshifter’, that was written about Neemah’s love life struggles.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
5 years older, playing big shows and doing big things.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do
Iron our new outfits from Jordan Dean Schneider ready for the next Hydro venture.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
I mean if it’s in my home town then it’d have to be the local cafe because that’s all that’s on
offer, but if it’s in the country then a dream would be something like the O2 Arena or the
Royal Albert Hall. I don’t know about the other chaps.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Well at the moment we’re collaborating with UDK, a grime act from London. But there’s a
new band from the South called, High Tyde, they seem like cool guys. A tour or something
with them would be a shout.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Kanye West. He’d bring something very different to the band vocally and production wise.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
‘Mercury Blues’ by Alan Jackson. That song has done things that others have not even come
close to doing.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
We’ve been given so much advice. I guess just to put our all into everything, nothing’s been
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
If you’re wanting to start a band, make sure you’re with like-minded, dedicated musicians.
When you’ve got that you can begin.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
An old band mentor of ours once said, “Act local, stay local”. That one’s stuck with us.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Definitely Jacob Vallance; he’s our tech, he gets jobs done like no other. Jonny’s lighter; he’d
be one grumpy boy if he didn’t have that. Earplugs because Ian’s on drums. Earplugs because
Neemah’s on guitar. Finally Ben Jones; he drives the van like Senna.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes we’re on all the big ones as Hydrocele Official; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and
our website is www.hydrocele.co.ukFacb