“Rehearse lots and lots and lots and jump in the deep end!“
If you’re looking for music that will make you want to dance, that will lift your mood and put a smile on your face then BASH (the five-piece pop band) tick all the boxes. Their sound is upbeat, sunny and joyful. The band is made up of singer Amanda Bashmakova, bassist Miles Hobbs, guitarist Joe Burgess, percussionist Angus McIntyre and synth player John Burdfield. They are currently gigging around the South Coast and working on new music so it was lovely to have the opportunity to chat to the band, amidst all the busyness, about all things music…
So you formed last year in 2018. Could you explain how you came together as a band?
We originally formed with the intention of playing a couple of covers for Solent University’s music awards. We really enjoyed working together, so we moved onto writing our own material. We’re now the best of the best of friends!
How did you come up with your band name?
The band name was born out of laziness, due to Amanda BASHmakova’s last name (get it!). A placeholder that stuck, if you will.
When did you first start getting involved with music —and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Miles: The Beatles: Rockband (a music video game), because the bass sounded easy. My dad plays the guitar too.
John: Listening to my mum and dad’s albums from a young age.
Amanda: I loved Celine Dion! My grandpa also suggested that I enter some singing competitions in Russia.
Joe: I started guitar lessons aged 10, taking influences from rock gods such as the Foo Fighters – who I aspire to be, obviously!
Angus: My parents sent me to drumming lessons from an early age and my involvement with music as a medium started from there.
What is it that you love so much about the music of bands/musicians such as Paramore, Fickle Friends and Blondie?
The upbeat vibes of their live performances, and in the case of Blondie, records that have stood the test of time.
What inspired your most recent single, ‘Indecisive’?
Video games and being too scared to go outside and seize the day.
You are currently gigging around the South-coast. What have been some of your highlights?
Every gig has been positive. Supporting Arcade Hearts at the Joiners was a massive leap for the band, as well as winning the Larmer Tree Festival slot last week! We also supported HalfNoise on the 13th of May at Heartbreakers in Southampton which was fab!
Do you have a dream venue or festival that you would love to perform at?
Mainstage at Positivus Festival in Latvia would be lovely!
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in (Southampton)?
Wonderful and thriving! With acts such as Jetski Babylon, Thorrison, Djuno, Artemis and Freya Beer to name a few, all our friends are constantly gigging. It’s a JOY!
What advice would you give to beginners who have never performed live before?
Rehearse lots and lots and lots and jump in the deep end!
What do you want people to take away from listening to your music?
A positive outlook and hopefully leave with a smile on their faces.
What are you working on at the moment and do you have any shows coming up?
We will be supporting Fuzzy Sun on the 21st May at the Camden Assembly. We will also be performing at lots of festivals such as Winchestival and Larmer Tree! Currently, we’re writing new tunes and figuring out what clothes to wear.
Follow the links below to discover BASH’s music:
By Eveline Vouillemin