BBC Music Day 2019

Written by Cerys, Year 12

As we arrived at the BBC Studios, we were taken to one of the sitting rooms where we had an introduction to the day. We waited to interview the first band which was Rosehip Teahouse. The singer of the band Faye was friendly as she answered our questions. One of the questions that stood out to me was, how did the band name come about. Faye replied: “The way the name came about was that I was drinking rosehip tea so that's how the name was generated.”

One of the questions I asked was: “If tomorrow was the last time you were ever able to play where would you play and who would you duet with dead or alive?”

Faye said that she would perform in: “Times Square with Bruce Springsteen”. Faye had a very nice personality and very strong opinion on mental health. Faye felt that the only way she could get her point across was through her music and one of her songs was called ‘Growth’ which was about her coming out of her time in a psych unit in hospital for her mental health. While she was there, she wasn't able to play any musical instruments but she was able to write lyrics for the songs so that when she was discharged she was able to add the music to the lyrics.

The reason she had named the song ‘Growth’ was because she felt in herself that she was growing as a person. She also said that she thinks people shouldn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed about their mental state. The songs that she has written hope that the audience will take whatever they need from it.

The next person we interviewed was Jack Perrett. He was a solo artist that had been performing for a little over 6/7 years. His music reminds me of Oasis and Mumford and Sons. Personally, I loved them. We also talked about being self-taught on the piano and guitar and how addictive it can get and how much he wanted to excel in it.

He also talked about how much he enjoys singing and performing since he was a young child. We also discussed what his favourite artist and bands which were: Oasis and the Beatles. His songs were very similar to those bands and that is where he got his inspiration from.

We then interviewed Huw Stephens, all of his answers were extremely helpful to everyone in the room. To interview Huw Stephens was beneficial because he was able to give his point of view on the media and music in today's era and type of music but his favourite song era is the 70’s 80’ and 90’s.

Once we were done with the interviews, we were shown into a room where both bands we interviewed would play a few songs for us.

After Faye and Jack had finished their sets, we were able to watch Huw Stephens interview Marcus Russell - the man who managed oasis- who still manages Noel Gallagher and now manages Catfish and the Bottle Men. Marcus explained how the band had contacted him hoping he would manage them and one of the quotes Marcus used when he was describing the phone call between himself and Liam Gallagher was that: ‘Liam was a very persuasive man’ and within two hours of that phone call Liam and himself were sat outside of a coffee house discussing the future of the band.

    

After the interview was over between Huw Stephens and Marcus Russell, I went to talk to Marcus and ask him a few questions about the band. Marcus’s favourite questions that I had asked him was: ‘Was there any time while managing the band did you think you couldn't do this anymore?’ This made him laugh because they were widely known for their drug and alcohol use but his response was perfect because he described managing them as “A normal day at work: sometimes you enjoy your days others you’re not so bothered about going in,” but overall his life and passion was managing Oasis and he would have never changed a day in his life.

Now that he is managing Noel Gallagher and Catfish, he has said his managing has calmed down a lot more than he expected because of how technology has taken over, he’s said that it is much easier to organise gigs for the band to play at than it was 30 years ago. I also asked what it was like being at Knebworth and being the manager of one of the biggest bands of that time. In fact, the biggest band at the time he said that it was incredible but his favourite gigs where the smaller more casual ones, but the money was never as good. But as he described his overall experience with them, he can class it as one of the best times of his life as he experienced more than he ever would have if he'd never managed them. 

What I have learned from today is that if I never go for what I truly want I’ll miss out on so much more and never really get to see what life has to offer, so I will take today as an indicator as to live my life to its fullest and to make each day count, just as Marcus did.