(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #68: Dems

By on Friday, 21st February 2014 at 11:00 am

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re rolling on with number five in this feature, and we’re joined by Dan, Dave and Duncan of London band Dems.

Cheryl wrote a Bands to Watch feature on the fellas in December, which you can read here.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Eating ribs, watching bands, partying and driving a Cadillac.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
MachineDrum, Madlib, Matthew Dear, Hot 8 Brass Band, Public Service Broadcasting, Nas.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
There’s no room for anything because of our equipment, so it’s more interesting to ask what we’re not taking – clothes for instance. [Okay, now I’m scared… – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Dave: Tennessee Honey Whisky
Duncan: a cold beer
Dan: colder beer

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited /anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Apparently it’s wild and we’ll get a tan. We’re just stoked to be involved.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Dave: The theme tune to Neighbours made me want to be a musician.
Duncan: Being shouted at while learning piano.
Dan: My dad playing Nick Drake on guitar.

What was your favourite song as a child?

Dave: The Sesame Street numbers song.
Duncan: Fine Young Cannibals – ‘She Drives Me Crazy’.
Dan: ‘Down in the Jungle Where Nobody Goes’.


What song makes you laugh?
Duncan: R Kelly’s Opera series.
Dan: TNGHT – ‘Higher Ground’ (DJ Detweiler’s flute drop remix). [This actually exists. – Ed.]

What song makes you cry?
Dave: Keaton Henson – ‘To Your Health’.
Dan: Perfume Genius – ‘All Waters’.
Duncan: Bob Dylan – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)

Dave: Postal Service – ‘Such Great Heights’.
Dan: Postal Service – ‘Nothing Better’.
Duncan: Toploader – ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Dave: Blood Orange – ‘Chosen’.
Dan: Jon Hopkins – ‘Immunity’.
Duncan: The music when you die in Goldeneye.


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Dave: Joel Compass – ‘Back to You’ for the ultimate video song combo.
Dan: Boards Of Canada – ‘Basefree’. Breaking new ground forever.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Any one of Alan Ginsberg, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and now you. [Aww, you guys are sweet! Hugs for everyone in Austin! – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
We have very different day jobs as we don’t make much money from music yet – between us we’re a design engineer, radio producer and a valuer.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Dems – ‘Muscle Memory’. You’ve got to love and be proud of what you’re doing, we’ve invested more time into our debut album than we ever will in someone else’s, and after 1000 years in paradise, you’d want to show it off to all to all your heavenly neighbours.

We thank Dan, Dave and Duncan for being so kind in answering our questions. See you in Austin!

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