Blackjack Love recently released their new single ‘Before I Leave’, founding member Azza drew the short straw and had to fill in the blinks on our introduction to Blackjack Love. Read his answers below and don’t forget to check out the band on YouTube and give them a follow, now more than ever, new bands need support.
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
Blackjack Love has been around for a few years now, but I was on my own in the beginning. Since I recruited the other boys (Matt, Sam & Nick) it’s been live for a year or two now. It all stemmed from myself recording a song in LA, then I came back to England & wrote a couple more. That then ended up being the debut album ‘Bullets & Blues’, & it all went from there really.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
It was a buzz. We were unsure how we would go down as the other acts were all more chilled or acoustic. Then we rocked up, rocked out, & the crowd loved it.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourself?
Desert rock, Tarantino-esque heavy blues for all the family.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
I think nowadays everything is about a gimmick. Rightly or wrongly. The art of writing good quality, timeless songs is dying man.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
We have a single out currently called ‘Before I Leave’. It’s available on all good streaming sites, as well as a video on our YouTube channel.
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
Tough one that. The Black Keys probably.
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
I remember a few years ago being interviewed on a radio station & the host played a couple of tracks of an American band called ‘Rival Sons’ & it blew my mind. I’m surprised they haven’t blown up over here as much as over there. So I’ll go with them.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
Probably my uncle making tapes for me as a kid. Driving in his car listening to all sorts from Marilyn Manson to The Clash. I think the first time I wanted to pick up a guitar was when I saw the video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
I really can’t remember! I’ll have to get back to you on that.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Roots by Curtis Mayfield.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
We’re fairly active. We’ll always reply to anyone who contacts us. So fire away. You can get us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blackjacklovemusic/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/BJLMusic
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/blackjacklove
YouTube – https://youtu.be/navqPRYHfrs