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Interview With 'The Riff'

Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?

We are The Riff, There's four of us all together Tommy on drums, Chris plays bass, Sam is my twin brother on keys and myself Ben, who is the frontman/guitarist. Tommy and Chris originally set up a covers band called The Riff when they were still in School, I got a message out of the blue one day off Tommy asking if I could fill in some dates for them as they're original frontman had left. The plan was to only do a few gigs to help them out but 4 years later here we are I got my brother on board not long after I joined and we left the covers behind to concentrate on our own material.

What were you all up too prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?

We've all been in bands straight out of school really so this was always the path for all of us I think. There's nothing else we've really wanted to do

Tell us about your latest release and why our readers should check it out.

Our latest Single is 'Nothing Lasts Forever' which was released before Christmas we're not big fans of EPs we prefer to release singles 2 or 3 times a year rather than in one go as it maybe gives each song a chance to stand alone if you get me. You should check it out because simply it's a great tune!

Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?

We've had the fortune of playing with some famous musicians the last couple of years. I wouldn't say awestruck but definitley watching them perform makes you realise the sheer class and professionalism it takes to get to where they are. The majority of them though are pretty down to earth off stage.

If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?

A great night out! We live for playing live and we try and make our shows as high energy as possible and try to get through as many tunes as possible in that time, we're not ones for spending 5 minutes talking about where we were when we wrote the song or what its about etc. we'd rather keep the momentum of the set going and keep the atmosphere up.

If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why?

An Oasis reunion tour would be epic just because of the magnitude of those shows.

You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?

Keith Moon. I'd want to know how he got that car in that pool.

And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

It is not.

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