Jordon Hutchison from The Amazing Snakeheads talks about Independent Venue Week in Putney

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Jordon Hutchison plays drums for Glaswegian trio The Amazing Snakeheads.

The band will be playing a gig organised by Domino Records at The Half Moon to celebrate Independent Venue Week.

Alexandra Rucki caught up with Jordon ahead of the gig next week.

AR: Why are you supporting independent venue week?

JH: It is the life blood of the music scene. Any new band has to start somewhere if you don't have these important places there is no fresh thought coming through.
They need to continue doing the good work that they do.

AR: Have you performed at The Half Moon before or seen a gig there? What is good about this venue?

JH: No not yet, we have only played a handful of gigs in London. From friends we have heard it is really good place.

AR: What are your other favourite venues?

JH: In Glasgow the 13th Note, it is really quite small. I wouldn't say it is dingy, but it is not a bright and sparkly place and there is also Broadcast.
We haven't spent a lot of time gigging in London, we played a place called the Seabright Arms, that was really good.

AR: How did the band get together?

JH: Me and Dale, he was my neighbour, we got looking at each others record collections and found out we like the same stuff. We went to see a band called the Jim Jones Revue who are great. We thought we should start a band, and that happened the next week.

AR: Who are your biggest musical influences?

JH: I come from a punk background. My greatest influences are really independent bands who wouldn't even put out a record. The bands we have in common are like The Cramps and The Stooges.

AR: You are supporting Archie Bronson Outfit, what do you think of their music?

JH: I really like it. We have just been turned onto it. It is not something you hear every day.

AR: What is your sound like?

JH: It is rock and roll but it is kind of darker than that. It is more sort of emotional there is a real feeling to it.

AR: You hail from Glasgow, what is the music scene like over there?

JH: There are lots of great things happening there are lots of great bands. Like anywhere there are a lot of copy cat gigs. If you look past that you can find rappers working with sort of drum bands - there is a lot cross-section kind of stuff.

AR: You recently signed with Domino, what is it like working with the label?

JH: It is fantastic, really fantastic. I don't know how things work as I've never signed with a label before, but they have been most helpful. A lot of good ideas and support.

AR: How does it feel being labelled by music publication's as 'the one's to watch?'

JH: There isn't any pressure at all. I am 30 and the others are nearly 30, we are no spring chickens. We are not cutting corners, we will take the exposure and we will live up to it.

AR: What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

JH: Probably just touring getting on the road, trying out what we want to do.I have been in a few other bands, being on the road and doing it day to day.

AR: What have you got planned for the rest of 2014?

JH: We have got a track coming out, it might be Aprilish time. Once that gets out just lots of touring and getting out there.

AR: What is it like getting feedback from fans?

JH: It is amazing. For a good while the audience where kind of stand-offish. Since a couple of our songs got recorded we are staring to get feedback.
Jumping, dancing - that is just amazing.

The Amazing Snakeheads will be performing at The Half Moon, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, on January 28.

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