Ninth Degree interview 11/02/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
We are a 5-piece Alternative Rock band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Due to our varied interests we draw influences from all over the spectrum, including Modern Rock, Alternative Pop, Prog Rock and even occasionally Folk. As for specific artists, we are inspired by a mix of old and new. Most notably: Queen, Green Day, Rush and Franz Ferdinand.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Hamish: Personally I write songs in 2 ways: either drawing from personal experience or constructing a narrative/story to write about.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
We love so many songs across many genres but ‘Hammer to Fall’ by Queen is definitely high on all of our lists. It’s such a fun track and has been our set ender for a number of months.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic all our shows have been cancelled. However, we are currently in discussion about new ways we can make content for our fans while we are stuck in lockdown. We are pretty active on our YouTube channel and so will likely try to bring out some new videos there.
MM: What can we expect from (Band Name) live
Thanks to our instrumentation and vocal setup, we can bring a sound to a live setting that is more usually more difficult to achieve. With 3 lead vocalists, 2 lead guitarists and the ability to bring in synth, keys or acoustic guitar to enhance our sound, our live performances allow us to exhibit our unique sound without compromising on quality.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
Due to global circumstances we haven’t been able to travel to perform nearly as much as we’d like. Based on what touring we have done, the best part is always getting to play in front of new people in new places. As for the worst, because of our large instrumentation, transporting gear is always a challenge.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
In a dream scenario we would love to tour with Queen + Adam Lambert, Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses. On a local level, there are loads of amazing bands who we have loved playing with, but I feel that a tour with Rumrunners, Stay for Tomorrow and The Marx would be fantastic.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Hamish: The most memorable concert by far that I’ve been to was Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. In contrast to so many concerts nowadays, it was incredibly pared back: just a band playing music, no light shows, no LED screens.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
During the initial Lockdown in the UK, we decided to produce a series on YouTube, covering the entirety of ‘The Works’ by Queen. As we were all separated, it was a huge undertaking, each of us having to individually record audio and video and it all being mixed and edited by our Lead Guitarist and Co-lead singer Cameron.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
“Night at the Opera” by Queen and “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Hamish: I’ve been performing from a young age, either musically or theatrically, so it’s difficult to remember the first time. I imagine I felt the same way I still do now when I perform, a solid mixture of nerves and excitement.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
For Rock, I feel Little Richard can never receive enough credit. His influences are evident even now, with showmanship and persona still being such a huge part of all music.
As for metal, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin both did a lot to bring early metal into the public consciousness.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Right now we are looking to continue producing quality content, expanding our repertoire and hopefully working towards a live performance as soon as safely possible.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
If we had the budget to hire in session musicians, we would definitely love to cover Bohemian Rhapsody. It would be technically challenging a very rewarding way.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Our catchy riffs, melodies and harmony vocals. We bring a snapshot of a number of genres, whilst retaining our own sound.
MM: Four words to describe Ninth Degree
Tight Riffs, Melodic Vocals
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Our latest single Fade Away is out now and you can stream/buy it here - https://linktr.ee/NDFadeAway. We also have all our music available to buy on Bandcamp as well as all to stream on major streaming platforms (https://ninthdegreeuk.bandcamp.com/ + http://tiny.cc/NDSpotify). To keep up to date with the band follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all with the tag @ninthdegreeuk.