Cultivating great musical taste

Andy Muscat – we were the UK unsigned number one for the second time

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Since the age of 13 Andy Muscat has been writing and performing music, and by the time he was 16 he had already graced the stage of Portsmouth Guildhall. Since then he has been building up his reputation by hitting the smaller venues and radio stations around the South Coast. Since getting a number 1 song in the unsigned chart Andy has recruited a band to expand the sound of his music.

They currently have two EPs to their name, both available for you to download and listen to any time you want. Not long after coming together as a band they had another song head on up the unsigned chart to the coveted number 1 spot.

We asked him a few questions beside the Nevada Acoustic Stage.

Musical Nourishment (MN): What is the best gig you’ve ever played?

Andy Muscat (AM): That’s a tough one really. I did the main stage of Victorious last year.

MN: Oh really?

AM: Which was really good fun. Sort of full electric vibe people really seemed to be enjoying it. We loved it so that was good. I’ve been solo for a while and then I got a band and we did the 100 Club in London, which for me is a big one because it was a small venue but an iconic one. All of my idols have played there and when we finished playing it was announced that we were the UK unsigned number one for the second time.

MN: Oh excellent

AM: That was quite a sort of pinnacle moment for me.

MN: Well that’s understandable, isn’t it?

AM: It’s difficult because every gig’s different and I enjoy it in a different way but those two stand out for me, I’d say.

MN: What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind and why?

AM: It’s tough, I would say… I know a lot about Paul Weller songs. I’m a big fan and I used to be a massive fan of How I Met Your Mother, I know quite a lot about that. So that’s a tough question.

MN: What did you think of the finale?

AM: It was good … I don’t know it’s hard I thought it could’ve been better. They could’ve left it just before the very end bit. I’m not too sure on it. I was a little bit let down I think

MN: Yeah a lot of people have been saying that. Do you have any superstitions?

AM: Probably not.

MN: So nothing before you go on stage.

AM: No (band member whispers something) I have to constantly check I’ve got everything but that’s that’s…

MN: That’s common sense really?

AM: Yeah but other than that I have to check it several times, but no sort of wearing anything in particular or doing anything in particular nothing that stands out.

MN: so ok next question: Who is the person you’d most like to meet?

AM: Probably Nile Rogers because he’s my biggest influence just as a producer and a musician and a songwriter just throughout his career he influences my music a lot. He’s be the one, I’d love to meet him definitely.

MN: Including Musicians past and present who would be in your ultimate band?

AM: Definitely not these two (points to current band members).

MN: Why’s that?

AM: They are just terrible musicians! No, the ultimate band Nile Rogers.

Michael and Pete: He doesn’t know any drummers that’s his problem.

AM: And I’m not the biggest fan of Phil Collins!

Michael and Pete: Or Ringo!!!

MN: Kelvin Jones had the same problems so he went for Dave Grohl as that’s the only one he knows.

AM: Dave Grohl yeah Dave Grohl’s a good drummer. Those two and Sam Smith as backing singer that would be lovely, I can’t see that happening anytime soon though. A bassist? Hmmm.

Michael and Pete: Flea!

AM: Yeah there we go, what he said. The only other person who sticks out in my mind is the lead singer of Thin Lizzy because I think that he plays bass or Sting. Yeah Stings alright. He’s got a good image, he can be in the band. That’s about it really.

MN: Do you have anything else to say about your music have you got anything else coming up?

AM: We’ve got our EP out now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and you can find us on Facebook, Twitter any of that /andymuscatuk and after this we are just going to be doing some writing and hopefully preparing for the next release.

So, there’s possibly a new release to be looking forward to, and who knows it might follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and get to number 1 in the unsigned chart. There’s also the website you can check as well for any Andy Muscat related news.

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