What are your names?
Rob (guitar/vocals), Matt (Bass), Ben (drums)
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
Before the Beatles made it onto all the streaming services, ‘Hey Bulldog’ was very much a forgotten about Beatles track.For me it has all the elements of how I wanted my music to sound, great riff, great chords, great melody, cool guitar solo.
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
We’re a three piece garage rock band from Manchester, we’ve been playing together for 6 years. We’ve had great radio support from stations like BBC 6 Music, Radio X and KEXP and we’ve played gigs and festivals all over the UK and also played in Europe too.
What made you go into music?
The love and passion for it, the self expression and also the joy of playing as a band together, some of our best life experiences have been the gigs and festivals we’ve played.
Are you signed?
We’ve been self releasing our last few single under our own label ‘Doing It to Death’ we’ve just started working with a small independent label called Sister 9 for this single and after that we’d like to work with a label to release our debut album
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
I (Rob) came up with the riffs just playing guitar at home then took them into practice and it became a band song really quickly.
What was the recording process like?
It was a really good recording experience as it was done in an big open plan studio.It meant we could pretty much play it exactly the same as we would live or in a rehearsal with the amps loud and in the same room. I think that really comes across in the energy of the track as it feels like a live one take band performance.
Who did you work with on the single?
It’s our first ever 7 inch Vinyl release on Sister 9 Recordings, which has now almost sold out.
Will we see a music video for the single?
Yep, we’ve got a video of us during the recording session on our youtube, here’s the link
Will we see an Ep or Album and If so what can we expect?
We’re working on an album that will have a couple of our previous singles on mixed with a some brand new tracks, we’re really excited by putting out a full album that will hopefully take the listener on a journey.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Yep, we have two more gigs this year
If so where will you be heading?
we’ll be at Jimmy’s in Liverpool 30th November and at night people Manchester 21st December
What else can we expect in 2019?
That will be about it for this year, we’ve currently got plenty lined up for next year already including our biggest ever headline gig in April 2020
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? When we play Night People in December it’s going to be a big Xmas party so there’s talk of a few Manchester bands doing something special for the night.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yeah we’re always open for trying things out just send us a message on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/heybulldogmusic/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
We all kinda stick to our own instruments mostly, I’ve played Keyboard on a few of our tracks and we’re starting to use a few more ideas like synth bass etc
Who are your influences?
We love the classic rock, blues and pop artists from the 60’s, 90s rock too and more current artists like LCD Soundsystem, The Kills, Idles, The Lucid Dream
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From everywhere music and songs are all about emotion and feelings to me
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Making a living from making music, touring the world and releasing albums
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Go and see other bands, drink coffee, go to the cinema, spend time with friends.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Rest In Peace by Extreme, The riff changed my life and made me realise the only thing i wanted to do with my life was play guitar.
What the best advice you have ever been given?
My grandad would always tell me to do my best in everything I do.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just do what you want to do creatively, you can’t do something to try and make other people happy, so long as you think it’s the absolute best it can possibly be then usually people will like it too.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Be nice, Smell nice….
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The Rose and Monkey Hotel is great every night of the week for seeing some special acoustic sets from local acts.
You’re coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home
2/ Who do you see first? Friends
3/What do you eat first? Pizza
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
guitars, amps, drums, merch, spares box!