EMQ’s with THE BIG DIRTY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Northampton, UK based ‘Sex’ Rock band The Big Dirty. Huge thanks to guitarist C Diddy for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is C Diddy and I play guitar in the band. I joined the guys back in 2017 when they were going through something of a change up in their musical style and direction. They were playing Mariah Carey covers in local care homes, but wanted to move into a sexier direction, so they naturally recruited me. I was the sexiest member in the band too, until our Drummer Tib Tob joined, and started secretly injecting lard into my sandwiches to fatten me up.
How did you come up with your band name?
I think it was inspired by something our singer, Jonny, left in the toilet one day. But that could just be bullshit.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Northampton in the U.K. There’s some really great music coming out of our town at the moment to be fair. You’ve got the likes of Empyre who are doing really well for themselves and I really like a local band called We Are GIANTS, who have a really big and gnarly sound! The rock fans in Northampton are also very loyal and really supportive. Plus, they love to get crazy drunk and party at gigs!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released a new single and music video for the song ‘Dirty Rider’. It’s off our upcoming album, “The Sex”, which will be coming out in July. The video is bonkers and involves us riding a mechanical bull! We were heavily drunk when we filmed it and I was surprised no one threw up! I think Jonny did soil himself though…
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band we’re heavily influenced by the great Sleaze Rock acts from the 80’s, such as Motley Crüe, Twisted Sister and Faster Pussycat, as well as more modern sleaze acts like Steel Panther and Crazy Lixx. We all have our own individual influences too, which has helped mould our sound into a unique mush of flavours. For example, our bassist, J.C, likes a lot of heavier bands, such as He Is Legend and Underoath, whereas I’m quite into modern blues artists like Eric Gales and Kingfish. We’re able to blend these different influences into our song writing and create some really interesting twists and turns in our music.
What first got you into music?
The lure of the Rockstar lifestyle. And also, none of us have the fitness to be footballers.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Billie Eilish for sure. I love her dark, edgy song writing. It would be really interesting to see what we could come up with together. Also, she’s like mega famous, which would obviously really help spread The Big Dirty name about!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download festival would be an awesome one! It’s the biggest rock/metal festival here in the UK and it’s pretty iconic! We’d absolutely love to play there one day!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We haven’t had any weird gifts as of yet. In fact, we’ve had some pretty awesome gifts so far. We’ve had bottles of Booze, custom made necklaces and bracelets, and even a mould of someone’s penis. Ok, that last one was pretty weird, but it does make a good hat stand.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you! You’re all awesome and we love you to pieces!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For me personally, Randy Rhoads.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the buzz of playing live, standing side by side with your best mates and bringing a little joy into people’s lives, just for that brief moment. I hate my bandmates.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Streaming is very prevalent at the moment. And it’s a great way for artists to get their music in front of their fans, but I’d like to see higher pay-outs to artists for those streams.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Jonny (Vocals): Andrew W.K. – “I Get Wet”
C Diddy: Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears”
Tib Tob: (Drums): Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours”
J.C (Bass): He Is Legend – “White Bat”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
They all have their own place, and their own pros and cons. Whatever the individual listener prefers. It’s up to them. As artists we just have to cater to all these distribution methods and try to adapt to what’s the most popular at the time.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played a Halloween gig last year at one of Northampton’s most iconic rock venues. It was absolutely bonkers! We do this thing at gigs where we fill up a super soaker with whiskey (we call it The Whiskey Pistol) and spray it into the mouths of anyone in the crowd that wants it. Let’s just say we had a lot of drunk fans that evening…and a very messy floor.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I think we’d all probably be working in bars and drinking a few shots of scotch while the manager goes out for an hour-long cigarette break. We’d be the managers of the bar I think.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Beethoven, Marilyn Manson, Eva Green, Tim Burton, Dwayne Johnson!
What’s next for the band?
We’ve got another couple of singles coming out followed by our debut album, which we’re really excited to get out there! We’re gonna do as much as we can during the COVID-19 crisis to keep people’s spirits up and as soon as we’re able to we’ll be getting back to gigging and meeting all our awesome fans, who are known as ‘The Dirty Berties.’
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have our music on all the usual streaming sites and we also sell physical copies of our music at gigs and online. We utilise Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for connecting and engaging with our fans. Twitter seems to be the best for us at the moment. So, if you’re on social media feel free to come say hi! We love chatting with everyone and we’ve made some awesome friendships through it! Our handle is @bigdirtyrock on all our social media accounts.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Have you ever tried a Jaffa Cake soaked in Whiskey? Then they’re a bit like a soggy biscuit. Tib Tob loves those.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks to you guys for chatting with us! It’s been a blast! I’d also like to say that our number one fan Russ, is awesome! He has a massive…heart…and penis.
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