NO HOT ASHES are an exciting Stockport based band.
Tipped by Fred Perry and This Feeling to be “big in 2016,” they are heading into festival season on the back of the release of latest single – Cool Cat.
I spoke to guitarist Luigi Di Vuono about who to check out, what the importance of grafting is and who would headline his perfect festival.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT YOU’RE ON THIS YEAR?
“We always look forward to them then try and build each year to get on more festivals. We have six or seven or 2016 so it will be busy. As a band we are all excited to explore because the festivals are in different places around the UK. It will be nice to play away from Manchester.”
WHAT WAS THE FESTIVAL SCENE LIKE FOR YOU LAST SUMMER?
“We played Kendal Calling on the Woodland Stage. It was out first major festival and there were huge acts on that line-up. We got a really good crowd and enjoyed the experience of being on such a well structured festival. Alongside Kendal Calling, we played Tramlines in Sheffield and Blackthorn in Stockport.”
ARE YOU HOPING TO SEE ANYONE INPARTICULAR AT DOWN TO THE WOODS FESTIVAL?
“Quite a few, yeah! I’m a huge fan of Catfish and the Bottlemen and like what they are doing at the moment. Primal Scream as well – there are some really big bands there but we are all big fans of looking the smaller bands. We’ll have a look around and see what the competition is like (laughing)!”
DO YOU THINK PLAYING THESE FESTIVALS HELPS TO GET YOUR NAME KNOWN?
“Yeah, a bit! Once you get onto bigger festivals you hear your name come up more on social media. I have a few mates at uni around the country that say ‘I can’t believe you’re on that festival.’ Last year definitely contributed and we try to just play as much as we can because your name gets passed around.”
YOU SUPPORTED SPRING KING IN PRESTON RECENTLY – HOW WAS THAT?
“Isaac [Taylor – vocals/guitar] and I are big fans of Spring King and could not believe it when we were asked to support them. We were blown away by how good they are live. After speaking to them about how they’e grafted for their break and we are hoping for a similar opportunity.”
SO WOULD YOU SAY GRAFTING THE BEST WAY TO GET OUT?
“I don’t know. It is quite an overcrowded industry at the minute. Different bands get through it different way – some bands that haven’t been around that long get a lot of opportunities. We’ve been gigging for three or four years and concentrating on it. I like to think we worked for it.!”
YOU HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS ‘BIG IN 2016’ BY THIS FEELING AND FRED PERRY – DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE LIVING UP TO THIS?
“We’re obviously not massive yet, but we’ve got bigger – that’s for sure. Both (This Feeling and Fred Perry) have really stuck their necks out over the past few years by putting us on a few of their gigs and putting up good articles about us. We played a This Feeling gig at Night and Day Cafe (Manchester) which sold out and was a really good gig. This year I hope we get more well known.”
WHAT ARE THE FUTURE PLANS FOR NO HOT ASHES AFTER FESTIVAL SEASON?
“The next plan is to get back into the studio. We’re having a bit of time off over June for exams etc. July we’ll play out festivals and we have been writing a few songs for the past few months so hopefully we’ll go out and record one of them properly.”
SEEING AS IT IS FESTIVAL SEASON – WHO WOULD HEADLINE YOUR PERFECT FESTIVAL?
“Red Hot Chili Peppers! They are probably my favourite band. I’m going to see them at Leeds Festival. I haven’t seen them live yet, but I would definitely put them up there!”
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No Hot Ashes play Down To The Woods Festival at Hardwick Hall. Tickets are available here.