Interviews: BANNED IN G.B.G

We have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Rock band BANNED IN G.B.G from Sweden. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. How did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it or did it come out just like that? 

We all used to live in Gothenburg, Not so much anymore today. Bad Brains album “banned in dc” might also have influenced us to come up with this name, As a struggling band, it seemed like the obvious name for us. We’re banned in Gothenburg city!

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

We play what we know and what we can play, it’s not by choice, it all comes naturally. We’re no posers, We’re all heart and soul, Rock n roll.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Yes and no, The drummer Tommie, guitarist Joke and me Paul (the singer) have been playing together before in other bands, the bass player Zee is an old friend of mine, Guitarist Rat is the only one I didn't know from before. Although Zee and Rat knew each other from before.

4. Each band member's favourite band?

Paul: Hanoi Rocks

Rat: Cardiacs

Zee: Motörhead

Joke: Neurotic Outsiders

Tommie: Lamb of God  

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Life, Things around you, Stuff going on around the world, Things you feel, Things you go through Pain, Love, and all that...Things people can relate to.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Musikens Hus, in Gothenburg/Sweden, Opening for The Bellrays. It was a great gig despite me being sick with fever and being dizzier than normally. 

7. Where would you like to act?

Well, we don’t act! We’re the real deal but we’d love to play live wherever whenever our fans turn up!

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

We would like to play with similar bands to give the best experience for the audience and hopefully gather more fans also.

9. Whom not?

Well there’s no point playing with bands that we don’t have anything in common with, It would be ripping off the audience too.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that? 

Of course, we’ve all been through that stage in our lives but that was a long time ago. It's a thing that you lose after a couple of gigs. To the beginners; look over the audience! it will make your life easier…

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

All bands we grew up listening to, Since we all have different musical backgrounds and different music tastes it’s hard to mention some bands that have inspired us the most, Maybe our favourite bands? (see earlier question)

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

That’s too weird to mention here, Haha! Our fans are usually people who are down to earth and not that weird.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

They mean everything!!! It’s for them we’re doing all this! Without them we’re nothing! We love our fans, Please love us too!

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s awesome! It’s wonderful that you keep the scene alive and do interviews with known and unknown bands to help them reach out to more people and discover their music. Thank you so much! keep up the good work.

15. Something to add?

Keep your eyes and ears open for our next single coming out in October! stay true and be kind to each other. Peace, out. /Paul V (Banned in G.B.G)

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