Michael Webster takes on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Michael Webster to tell us all about himself!

A song that made you want to make music?

There’s a whole bunch, but I think I’d have to say Bob DylanVisions of Johanna was one of the first main inspirations!

Best rider you’ve had?

Beers all night, pizza and payment! Can’t go wrong with that.

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

In one of my old bands I had 3 bottles of wine and ended up being sick a few times… and then tried to get a taxi home. It was 75 miles, bad call.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

I think Pennine Dream has some really interesting lyricism, it’s about political philosophy (yes, a real interesting topic that’s covered in loads of songs) and it has the lyric “well ain’t it such a shame my friend, that every act of hatred is also one of intent?” which is pretty horrific once you think about it!

Easiest song you wrote?

I think it’d be the first track from my new EP, “future sight”! It was one of those songs that just flowed out, super easy to write and one of my favourites!

Favourite song in your set?

Probably “waterlines”! Energetic, fun to play, always a good laugh.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

I think Stephen Malkmus of Pavement would be an incredible feature. His lyricism is insane and I can imagine he’s super lovely!

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Organising times that people are all free to practice / hang out!

Interesting fact about one of your members?

I’ve got a HNC in electrical engineering! A lifetime ago!

Jokes you have in the band?

There’s a lot. And a lot of them are terrible out of context, so maybe a joke about how I’m always late…

Key to writing a song?

Sit down and do it? I find that a lot of the time the initial motivation to get on with it is the hardest part!

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

I’ve played a lot in the North West, so maybe down in Sheffield a few times? Not that far!

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

I think I’d have to say my pal Harrison Rimmer! His work ethic, his drive and passion for music is second to none.

New band you’d recommend?

One of my favourite upcoming talents is my amazing pal Tay Temple. I did a pre-release review for her new EP and it sounds mega!

Opening for this band would be ideal?

I’d love to open for boygenius with a set between me and Wanda, it’d be lush!

Place you’d most like to tour?

I think Australia would be a real lovely place to tour, seeing a completely different place of the world!

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Make sure you stay true to yourself and that’s the best way to stay authentic and create music unique to you!

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

It’s actually a Coronation Street quote ahhaha.

See us live at?

I’ve got a residency at The Fitzgerald with Harrison Rimmer, who I mentioned before

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Not at all! I think there’s a whole bunch of incredible music coming out now that caters to more of a range of people.

Unusual merchandise?

I’ve not really got much, just t-shirts and tote bags but I’d love to do some patches and pins for my music.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

I love the idea of doing an acoustic EP, keeping everything stripped back and paying attention to the real intricacies of the tracks and making delicate versions of them.

What do your fans mean to you?

It’s super lovely to have people support us, it means the world!

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

I don’t think there’s actually been any!

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Always mine. I try to fit too much into the day!

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

Hahaha, maybe a sloth.. super relaxed?

Elizabeth Birt

August 22, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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