10 for 2012 Interview: Danny Todd of Cashier No. 9

By on Thursday, 15th December 2011 at 11:00 am

Up and coming Northern Irish rockers Cashier No. 9 made it to the #7 spot on our 10 for 2012 poll voted by you. Danny Todd, lead singer of the Belfast band, was kind enough to send over his answers to some burning questions we posed him and his band, such as what they expect to find in their dressing rooms on tour…

Congratulations on finishing #7 in our 10 of 2012 poll of bands to watch next year. Unfortunately, we don’t have a trophy or anything to give you, but please know that it was the faithful readers of TGTF that voted to give you your place on this list. Although we risk sounding like the reporters on the red carpet at the BAFTAs, we want to know, how do you feel about this achievement?
We’re delighted. Thanks very much, faithful readers.

Has coming of age in a post-Troubles Belfast made it easier or harder to be a Norn Irish musician?
Nothing to do with the troubles has ever affected us being in bands one way or the other.

Do you think the MTV EMA Awards held in Belfast in early November will help the Northern Irish music scene, what do you think it will accomplish?
Anything that brings an international spotlight to our city is no doubt a good thing.

Do you think South by Southwest will open up the American market for you? How much more do you think you need before you come over to do a proper tour?

We hope so…we’ve never played in the States and the album’s not out there yet. There’s probably still a lot of work to do.

Do you think there is a Northern Irish “sound,” and if there is, are you a part of it or a counter to it?
Not really. We’re a part of anyone who’s trying to make something good.

Which has been your favorite festival to play?


What influences your music – other musical groups, books, politics?
Other music of many types. Books, yes. Politics, no.

This album seems to place you fairly squarely in the “pop” category, a place some bands loathe to be. Is that where you were aiming for, or do you have more work to do to complete your sound?
We’re happy to be labelled “pop”, but there’s a lot more to it too.

Whose idea was it to pair you up with famed Irish artist Jack Pakenham for the ‘Goldstar’ video? And is he actually dancing to ‘Goldstar’?
It was our idea, he was throwing shapes at one of our gigs and it all made sense. No, he’s not actually dancing to ‘Goldstar’. It’s ‘Black Betty’, one of his favourite tunes.

So now that you are an “award-winning band”, what bizarre things are you going to add to your rider?
Nettle-flavoured crisps.

What do you predict for yourselves in 2012?
If the world doesn’t end, maybe we’ll take it over.

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