Show and Tell #31 - Matt Brooks

Matt Brooks
31 January 2018

Today’s questionnaire was answered by Matt Brooks, Wille and the Bandits' Six String Electric Bass Player extraordinaire.
With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille and the Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around and capturing the imagination and interest of music lovers right across the globe.
Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece, much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and like these bands is pushing at the boundaries of their genre. Wille and the Bandits take their sound way beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up. They will perform at the Arts Centre on Thursday 1 February.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Getting back from a great gig and kicking back with a beer, mates and a huge selection of music, preferably on vinyl cause its just great to flick through!

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
Just to play music that we love and (hopefully) other people will love and take inspiration from to embark on their own artistic journey.

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?

Jamming… We find it’s always the best way to embark on new ideas. Music for us is an art that is always ‘more the merrier’. Ideas can come from any moment and surrounding yourself with other peoples music always creates something that you wouldn’t necessarily come up with on your own.

What’s your favourite film and why?
The Godfather.. Its just a classic with a great story and great acting…

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
High Hopes - Pink Floyd
Another Cup of Coffee - Bob Dylan

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
Ho! Ho! Ho! to the bottle I go To heal my heart and drown my woe. Rain may fall and wind may blow, And many miles be still to go,
J.R.R. Tolkien

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Koala -  I love to sleep

What is your greatest extravagance?
Gaming laptop, ehem.. I mean music laptop..

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Live show.. I love the theatre, especially musicals.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?

I remeber going to the Dali museum and have never forgotten the Temptation of St. Anthony... Paintings don’t always do it for me but that was something.

Favourite website/blog?
Not very original but YouTube.. There is a lot of rubbish but also hidden jems. People sharing secrets, tips on playing you instrument etc.. There’s a lot to learn there, and free..

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Never jump up and down in a bath full of water!

Piece of equipment you can’t live without?
My thumb ring, I’ve worn one for so long now it feels really weird when playing without it, puts me off.

Best recent read?
The Name of the Wind.. Patrick Rothfuss

What is your final word?
Be good to each other.