My name is Bill Hudson, executive producer behind M62 Goddam, the Bradford-UK blues band. When I'm not promoting M62 Goddam and playing harmonica for them, or working on our new project album M62 3, I help edit the Scottish editions of the Daily Star,...
My name is Bill Hudson, executive producer behind M62 Goddam, the Bradford-UK blues band. When I'm not promoting M62 Goddam and playing harmonica for them, or working on our new project album M62 3, I help edit the Scottish editions of the Daily Star, for those outside Britain, one of the country's best-selling newspapers....
by Friday, June 26, 2009 Yorkshire Music Collective interview M62 Goddam Yorshire Music Collective caught up with Bill Hudson of M62 Goddam on tour across the pennines. YMC: Tell us something about...
by Friday, June 26, 2009
Yorkshire Music Collective interview M62 Goddam
Yorshire Music Collective caught up with Bill Hudson of M62 Goddam on tour across the pennines.
YMC: Tell us something about the band. How long have you been playing together?
M62 Goddam: We began as a jam band, or should that be a band of jammers, at the much-missed Macrorys in Bradford, a
popular haunt of musicians that closed, I think in 2006. Anyway, that's where it began for founder member Bill
Hudson, who joined up with Denny Austin, one of the powers, along with the late Rob Heaton of New Model Army fame,
behind Bradford's Fresh Milk, which encouraged emerging talent to record.
After a couple of years of jamming together at Macrorys, Bill, Denny, Kendra Pashley, Dave Ledgard, Jez Farrar
decided to record a demo of blues standards, hoping to tout it around the Edinburgh Festival of 2006. Instead the
songs and performance by newly-named M62 Goddam proved a highlight at Bradford Festival's Big Gig that year to rave
reviews, joined on drums by Jake Riley.
With the first beers sunk in celebration after that gig, M62 Goddam went their separate ways.... Kendra and Jez
forming the nucleus of blues ensemble The Big Fish Band, though Jez and Dave did perform for the M62s at a few
sporadic gigs around the Bradford circuit.
In 2007, with the band fragmenting, M62 Goddam returned to the studios at Brutalise, Bradford, with Denny Austin providing much of the creative spark, alongside a new singer, Liz Mackenzie. Bill Hudson took an overview on this, M62 Goddam first attempt at a fully-fledged studio album, entitled m62 2, assisting as executive producer with Cecil Zinyuku, who engineered Live In Bradford, at the controls in an old factory in Leagram Lane. Dougie Brister joined on guitar for a blend of funk, soul, blues and country. Album highlights are Let It Burn by Denny Austin, and a cover of Joan Osborne's ladder. The album becomes a favourite on digital network Headcase Radio in Seattle and the band go on to support top Swedish band La Fleur Fatale (Night Generation) in Shipley on their UK tour.
YMC: What's everyones music background?
M62 Goddam: Denny, who once supported Thin Lizzy, has departed for the College of Knowledge in Barnsley, Bill is the nephew of the classical composer William Blezard who was musical director for Joyce Grenfell and took over from Burt Bacharach as Marlene Dietrich's musical director. Zimbabwean-born Cecil came to the UK as a teenager and had built up an impressive reputation as a percussionist playing at Bradford's annual Mela and as a music producer. His daughter Chenai is a professional singer who went close in the X Factor several years ago. Dougie, like Bill born in Burnley, is a veteran of the blues/rock scene in the North, as well as being a DJ and extra on soaps such as Emmerdale...
YMC: You play a blend of soul/blues, was that something you set out to do, or has your music evolved with time?
M62 Goddam: We began as a blues band but it soon became clear that there were many other influences at work, from folk through to disco. Much of it spiced with an earthy sense of humour......
YMC: Do you play at venues renowned only for blues music, or other venues too?
M62 Goddam: We'll play anywhere, from cafe bars in Todmorden, to football fans' favourite pubs in Liverpool, hence the recent gig at The Arkles, outside Anfield, the first band there in 10 years. We hope to build on this with gigs at similar venues along the M62 corridor....the stranger the better, if anyone out there is listening..We've one pencilled in for a pub in north Manchester as well as a return to the excellent Pulse Cafe Bar, Todmorden. That's me, Cecil and Dougie, by the way, and possibly Maddie from Tod, who guests for us occasionally and has played at the annual blues rnb festival in Colne.
YMC: What is the funniest thing that happened on a tour or at a gig?
M62 Goddam: Bill once missed his harp solo at a session in Macrorys, going for a toilet break on stage when he should have been up there playing during a rarther long version of oh, could it have been Black Magic Woman. When he sheepishly returned, sometime between several interminable guitar and sax solos, Denny greeted him with: "Where the f*** were you!"
YMC: Do you think sites like Yorkshire Music Collective can help you reach a wider audience?
M62 Goddam: We appreciate your music site and find it very useful in promoting the underground of real Yorkshire music, a vibrant scene.
YMC: Is there anything you would like to see on our site?
M62 Goddam: More interview please with more bands.
YMC: We have some very young bands on our site, can you offer them any advice about getting started, getting gigs?
M62 Goddam: To emerging bands out there. Always deal with the DJ and not the man when seeking radio play. Practise, do your own stuff but polish off a few covers, giving your own interpretation, and keep smiling as the shit comes down.
YMC: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us, we hope that many people will now visit you on www.myspace.com/m62goddam or better still, get to one of your gigs.