“I go through phases with music," says Jeremy Hickey, "I like simple grooves, nothing too complicated, something psychedelic as well. I'm no longer just into one band, there might be a groove I'm thinking about and I just find it in a song or album.”
Performing live and recording are two very different things, according to Jeremy. “When you play live you can experiment, you can make a tune funkier than it is on the CD. The idea that you record something but then live you can do a different version is really exciting.”
The multi-instrumentalist has been compared to the Gorillaz for visual performance. When asked if visuals are as important as the music he said: “Definitely. When people come to a show they want to be entertained. I want to give more, I want to connect with the audience. For me it's about getting people dancing, we're all feeling down right now, and looking back in history there's comfort in the fact that it's always been worse, it's shit to hear that people are really broke, being broke is a horrible feeling, so I want to give them value for money.”
Jeremy has been touring with French band Bot'ox for the past two years but he's currently working on new material. “I'm concentrating on making the quirky sounds that I got on the first album,” he said. “I'm not recording an album as such but I like to treat the next project as a number of songs that'll be released over the next few months. The new single is called 'This Winding Sheet' and it reflects how things are so jumbled up right now. It's going back to what feels right and for me that's getting people to dance,” he added. He also covered “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by the Smiths, putting his own unique twist on the song. “I used a certain guitar and certain recording techniques, it sounds like me and I'm very happy with it!”
His advice for students interested in the music industry is to “budget the production side of things.” Get a really good computer and just experiment. Think about how you want to be portrayed. It's more important to accommodate the fans than to keep the record companies happy because then it just becomes something that's mass produced. That's what we hear on the radio all the time. It's not always going to go the way you want but if you stick to your guns and keep yourself happy."
RSAG will headline the celebrations of the Workman's Club one year anniversary with his brand new “Live Bass and Visuals” show on Friday 9th September at The Workman's Club.