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Prime Interview – “It’s time to move on to new challenges”

Prime were kind enough to sit down with us and talk about the end of their run as performing artists, their musical influences and the importance of not rushing your decisions.

Any new projects going ahead for the rest of 2020 for Prime?

We’re just finishing off the last two singles and some leftover Prime material, before wrapping up the band for good. It’s been a fun 4-and-a-half / 5 years, but now it’s time to move on to new challenges in life other than being in a rock n’ roll band.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

Music like The Clash, The Stones, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Doors, bands with big hooks and a big message.

Favourite albums?

Ian Dury’s New Boots and Panties, Suicide’s first two albums, The Velvet Underground’s White Light, White Heat, Brian Eno’s Another Green World… There’s so much music out there I would struggle to name all my favourites!

Have there been any major changes to the music scene in the time your band has been performing?

I don’t think there’s been too many changes as we’d only been gigging about 4 years before we did our last ever gig in March. It’s more about the venues that have come and gone in that time. I think the music scene has been consistently strong in my nearest city, Nottingham. It’s an underrated scene I would say.

Advice for new musicians looking to survive?

Get your money-making options in check before you start out really pushing the project, and also get a very reliable team of musicians behind you, as it’s the bread-and-butter stuff. It’s something I never fully had, my recruitment at times picking the right people was poor, and I sometimes made rushed decisions. That’s never a good thing.

Anybody you would like to collaborate with in the future?

I know some fantastic musicians and interesting characters who are very open-minded with their music, be it in the blues guitar field, or the electronic field, so watch this space. My next step will be very different to Prime.

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Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
Editor in Chief at Cult Following | News and culture journalist at Clapper, Daily Star, NewcastleWorld, Daily Mirror | Podcast host of (Don't) Listen to This | Disaster magnet

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