Interview with Blackjack Love

We got the chance this week to sit down with the heavy blues and rock band Blackjack Love, they hail from Woking, England. Some of their bigger influences include artists like Led Zepplin and Queens Of The Stone Age. Fresh off their debut album “Bullets & Blues” we got to ask guitarist and front man Azza some awesome questions we know you’ll love to read.

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Spencer Davis: “Who first inspired you to become a musician?”

Azza: “My uncle was my biggest influence in music. I used to go to record shops with him as a kid. He used to make me tapes of all different music, The Clash, Curtis Mayfield, The Damned, Rage Against The Machine, Booker T & The MG’s. All sorts really. Playing guitar, was probably the first time I saw the video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. “

SD: “How would you describe the music you guys put out?”

A: “Heavy Blues / Rock n Roll baby. We got this whole stoner rock desert vibe going on with a hint of balls & a Tarantino-esque groove.”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

A: “Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age. I think we’d make some really great music together.”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

A: “What’s Going On? By Marvin Gaye, or What’s The Story Morning Glory by Oasis.”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

A: “I think honestly, our stuff would sit well with The Black Keys. I think that would be a good night. “

SD: “Favorite concert you’ve been to?”

A: “Arctic Monkeys at Earls Court was a banger. When they released that AM album. They were on top form. “

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

A: “The IndigO2 is a pretty cool place to play. Least favourite…….there was a place in Leeds that I can’t remember the name of, but it was a fucking dive man. & not in a cool way.”

SD: “What does your writing process look like?”

A: “I usually start with by noodling on an acoustic guitar. I use a lot of weird/open tunings & just jam shit out. Then I’ll put random words together to decide on a melody & it all falls from there really. Most of what I write, I have no idea what I’m writing about until I read it back & go “ah that’s clearly about…..” I can’t sit down & force myself to write about anything in particular. Nine out of ten times I just write & see what comes. A lot of them a made up stories, some about love, anger, whatever comes to fruition.”

SD: “What’s coming up next for you guys?”

A: “We have a whole bunch of new material to get finely tuned, then head back into the studio. We have a new single coming out early next year too so keep your ears to the ground. “

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