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Kostas : Hello Alan,thank you for the opportunity you give us to know "Gunslinger" better.
Alan : You're welcome Kostas.
Kostas : I will start in the traditional manner-Gunslinger were your child,born in 1979 in Ipswich,right?
Alan : Yeah that's half correct, as the band was co founded by Nigel Potter.
It was Nigel on guitar and vocals, Liffy on drums and me on bass and backing vocals.
Nigel and I bounced off each other really well and we wrote a lot of songs, so there is still a lot of unheard Gunslinger stuff waiting to go!
Kostas : Although Gunslinger soon earned a good reputation and stroke a deal with the well known Neat Records,the band disbanded in 1981. What happened?
Alan : Well... just before Neat would decide if it was us or Raven that got the deal -it was a competition in "Sounds" music newspaper- Liffy left the band and we couldn't find a drummer in time,so Raven got the deal by default.
After that incident,we couldn't find a drummer who could keep up,so Nigel and I just kept writing songs and before ya know it, I joined Hawkwind and Nigel was auditioning for Motörhead.
Kostas : Are you still in touch with the members of that incarnation of Gunslinger?
Alan : Yeah, we're still friends-in fact,I went to see Liffy's band not so long ago ;-)
Kostas : So,after the Gunslinger MKI,you joined Hawkwind and stayed untill 2007.
Being in Hawkwind is a dream for a lot of musicians,so Why did you leave them?
Is it that you had dreams of your own-like ressurecting Gunslinger?
Alan : For me,Hawkwind were sounding tied, predictable and behind the times, the complete opposite of what it should be!
There are 3 other reasons, 2 legal ones and 1 that's the ace up my sleeve-as long as they behave,that's where it will stay!
Don't expect me to elaborate though-I had other reasons besides the creative ones and that's that for now ;-)
Kostas : In this incarnation of Gunslinger,we find your nephew Louis Davey on the guitars and a petite lady named Cat,pounding the drums like there's no tommorow!
Comparing the current sound of Gunslinger,with the sound of the previous line up,can you spot any differences?
I mean,hey,we all know Nigel Potter is a great guitarist-not everyone is auditioned by Motorhead,so Louis had pretty large shoes to fill!
Alan: Well, I'd say Louis has a more bluesy style than Nigel,yet it was Nigel's idea to get Louis in the band!
I checked louis out and he seemed to have it in him but he needed a lot more practice so I gave him 3 months to pull his finger out and he did till his fingers bled!
He's turning into a fine guitarist now!
Cat's drumming style is more modern than Liffy's's back then, so there is a huge difference there!
We needed a modern drummer in my opinion and she fits in well-she's young, pert and pounding!! ;-)
Kostas:Yep-far bettter than a lot of her hairier,bigger and definitely uglier male counterparts!
I do have one more question about Cat-how did your paths cross?
Alan : I asked Martin Webb -an old friend- who is a drum teacher and knew Gunslinger from years back so he would know what was required.
He said he knew just the one we needed,but when I saw her,I thought he was playing a joke ,like mates do!
Yet when she played,it was like, "what the…!!!" and the best part is that Cat only lives 5 kms from me,so it's really easy for us to work on our music and performance!
Kostas: And here we are,the new Gunslinger,locked and loaded!
About Gunslinger's music style....to be honest,when I try do describe your music to friends,I use the phrase : "Early Hawkwind and Motorhed combined".
How do you feel when two very influential bands are used to describe Gunslinger's music?
Alan : Thats a huge compliment 'cause early Hawkwind was unique and powerful and Motörhead added to that makes it edgy!
Plus lemmy was a big influence on me,as in my youth I thought bass playing was boring but Lem did it properly for me.
So that makes Gunslinger unique, powerful and edgy, yeah I'm good with that! ;-)
Kostas: How do people perceive your music-what are the reactions from both fans and press?
Alan: everyone who sees us live loves us, we're new old school, the fans say we're refreshing and that we make them feel young again.
All live reviews are glowing in the press,so we make em all happy!
Kostas: A live album was recently released by Flicknife records-backed up by a lengthy tour in USA and England.
More recently,a Single was released,feauturing your song "Lessons in Logic" in two versions-one by the acclaimed producer Brian Sachs and one by the four times Grammy winner, producer James "Bonzai" Caruso!
Are you considering a full length studio album?
Alan: Actually its 5 Grammys (!) for "Bonzai" now-he's top fucking notch so I'm not surprised!
Brian has a great ear and good production ideas and his studio is the most fun studio to record at too, chilled and crazy all in one!
To answer the question, I'd be very happy to record a new Gunslinger studio album there, we have dozens of songs ready to go! ;-)
Kostas:Talking about studio albums,with the file sharing programs,the internet and the recent economic reccession,a studio album is a very uncertain investment both in terms of time and money.
I know that the broadband internet and the filesharing programs had already damaged greatly indie labels and starting bands,yet with the addition of the recession,things turned really ugly for even collossal companies.
Being an artist,it's your purpose in life to create and spread music,but bills must be paid and you got to eat too!
Are you affected by the current situation?
Alan: Yeah, filesharing,torrents and such, have reduced most pro musicians' income by approximately 40%-but the bigger the company the bigger the hit,so I think so it could be worse for us!
The present economy will soon sort the men from the boys though,so carry on regardless and if you really are a good band,you'll come through it.
However,like you say,we got the same bills as everyone else, so if people want musicians like me to continue,support them by buying their cds-it is very much appreciated these days!
Luckily for me,there are some great loyal fans out there and to them I say "Guys and Gals,you don't know how much we appreciate it"!
Kostas: What does the future look like to you,Alan?
Any ideas,any tips on how to get through this nasty situation?
Alan: Carry on,regardless if ya can, become a cottage industry or find a good indie label who believes in you-cheers Frenchy ;-)
Kostas:Apart from Gunslinger,you also have other projects.
Would you like to share some information,some thoughts about them?
Alan: I had other projects but Gunslinger sucks up a lot of my time so had to drop them!
I play bass for Hawklords when I'm free, and do the bass for the Meads of Ashpodel albums.
Other than that,it's Gunslinger and my solo albums mostly which are available from www.alandaveymusic.com
Kostas:Alan,thank you very much for your time!
I will leave the following space blank,so you can answer anything you wanted me to ask you and I didn't!
I am looking forward on a new album and I hope I will see you on stage when you visit Germany,as I currently live there!
Alan: Cheers Kostas, Gunslinger are currently planning a German tour for November this year so we will meet then.
For news and releases of Gunslinger check out www.gunslinger-official.com and/or www.flicknife.n.nu
Cheers, AD ;-)