An Interview with Jake Quincey & the Big Rad Wolf

Guitarist Jake Quincey and drummer John Golding from Jake Quincey and the Big Rad Wolf met one another at primary school in Kent, age four. In secondary school they were in the same music class and started playing music together. Fast forward a few years and I’m chatting to Jake about their new EP, which is launching this weekend.

You describe your genre as Psychedelic Blues. Who are your main musical influences?

When I was a teenager I was into metal, Metallica and Megadeth; John’s always been into Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Now I like my bluesy stuff, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd; 60s and 70s.

Are you guys writing at the moment?

Yes! We very rarely do covers, even though that’s mostly what’s on my YouTube. We have an EP coming out on Saturday and a launch party on Sunday at The Foundry.  Our EP is called ‘Nothing Left to Lose But the Blues’ — all of the songs are written by me, and some of the songs are three years old, so it’s taken it’s time.

It starts from 7.30pm and our friends Clare & Paul, a blues and jazz duo, are playing for 8.15pm. Then John and I will be playing a full band drum kit from 9.30pm.

We’re doing this as a trial run, and if it’s successful we may make live music a monthly thing and then potentially a fortnightly thing at the Foundry.

Is there anyone around Canterbury that’s inspired you?

I briefly went through a slightly more folksy phase in my music just because there’s more folk around Canterbury. But I’ve moved away from that now, just because I don’t listen to that any more. It’s still the same kind of stuff, but just with some drums behind it now. So I guess it has kind of influenced it.

I started busking and playing at open mics because I wanted to meet other musicians around town who I wanted to work with and get experience.

It seems like there’s quite a tight-knit circle of musicians in the city.

There is, it’s just a shame that we lack the venues. We’d like to get into promoting our own events more as we have all of our own equipment.

Do you think the music scene has changed in Canterbury?

I think it’s remained fairly static, actually. There was a keenness a few years ago where people were encouraging venues to put on music, but I think that people realised how difficult it is and have given up trying. However, there are people who are still keen!

Sometimes I wonder if people in Canterbury just aren’t in the habit of going to live music. The problem is people are willing to give £60+ to see the Arctic Monkeys, who are millionaires, but often aren’t willing to pay a fiver to see a local band.

If you go to Brighton, the music scene is very much alive there. And I do think Canterbury does have the potential to be a mini, off-coast Brighton. But people have to be willing to pay to get in. I think that they’re worried about getting value for money.

For now we’re going to sell badges with our logo on, and we’re planning on having a donation pot at our gigs.

What’s next then for Jake Quincey and the Big Rad Wolf?

Let’s see how our EP goes. We’re very confident about it – as I’ve said to John, it could be the catalyst for something big to come our way. I’ve done my research and I think I know how the process with record labels at this stage. They don’t always listen to each song in full, so we really need to nail those first 30 seconds and hope that they like it….

Thanks for catching up with us, Jake.

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