"Music itself is diverse so why should the industry be any different?!" - Nicola Thorne
Hello and welcome to this week's blog post! I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the beautiful and rare sunshine we have been having this week! I am so excited to share the interview that I had the pleasure of carrying out with Nicola Thorne AKA Bobby Snoobins from Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5. We chatted all things the new album, how she first got involved in music and of course women in the Scottish music scene!
Let's get into it...
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me! The new album is fantastic! Could you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the album and what the recording process was like?
Thank you! As a band, what we want to do is have a good time making music and for the audience to enjoy themselves when they see us perform. That is one of the things that has been really apparent when we’ve played festivals & gigs, so when it came to making the new album that was never too far from our minds. As for recording, the horns are usually one of the last to put down anything on the track. We’ll usually have an idea of what we are recording for each tune and it’ll get a bit more refined once we’re in the studio. However, there are other times when what we’d planned just isn’t working and one of us will go in and have a jam over it to see if there’s something else we can come up with. It’s good to be able to be creative in that way.
How did you all first get involved in music? Was this always a dream of all of yours?
I’ve just always loved music. It was always playing in my house when I was young and I was naturally drawn to it. I got a keyboard for Christmas when I was 5 which was the first instrument I learned but I really wanted to play the tenor sax. I’m not sure where that came from really but I think I maybe saw it on TV and liked the kind of ‘curly’ shape of it!! Once I got the sax in high school I became involved in loads of bands – your classic music geek!! I think that’s also where I learned and appreciated just how versatile the sax was though. You didn’t just have to stick to one style of music which really suited me. I studied music after school, although I didn’t know what I wanted to do exactly but I knew I wanted to do something in the industry. It’s been amazing to stay creative musically though and meet loads of interesting people in the Scottish music scene.
I was wondering how you think that the local music scene has changed over the years you have been active in regards to the treatment and representation of women in the local community? Do you think we are heading in a positive direction?
I think we’re learning more all the time. There’s more conversations happening and women are being taken seriously more now than they have been in the past. So that’s gotta be good, right?! However that doesn’t mean we haven’t got a long way to go too. There’s definitely a lot more women in the industry now than there was 10 years and even 5 years ago, but I’d still love to see women in more fields of the industry. It’s great to see females leading bands and playing guitars, basses and drums. When I see that I always want to do a fist pump as they’re instruments which have been so dominantly played by men.
Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?
Of course there is. Education is the starting point, not just formal education from a young age in schools etc but having conversations amongst each other, letting each other know that there is a place for everyone in all fields of our industry. Everyone listens to music and people from all kinds of backgrounds play instruments and sing, so why would there be a reason to not have a diverse and more equal environment? Music itself is diverse so why should the industry be any different?!
What is your favourite track off the album?
My favourite track is G.T, I absolutely love it. I think it is great how it starts with the simple guitar and builds into a fun, rocky track. It’s a perfect start to the record and a cracking tune for driving too! I also really like Ted Dancin’, we’ve only played it a couple times to the crowd because of covid but I can see it being a good, trancing festival tune.
Is there a moment within your career that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?
With the band there’s been loads of amazing experiences. It’s honestly been great to meet loads of different kinds of people and have the enjoyment of music as the thing that brings us together. I think the most rewarding thing is getting to play festivals and venues where it is jammed packed of people having a good time watching the band. Everyone in the band gets so much from that atmosphere.
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
I’ve been a fan of Kitti since I saw a clip of her singing her cover version of Hopelessly Devoted to You online, I was really pleased when she released it last year. She’s a really talented songwriter in her own right though and I think she’s going to do really well.
There you have it! Thanks so much to Nicola for taking the time to chat with me! Make sure to check out 'The Difficult Number 2'!