Scott Bugg and The Vital Few are a Nottingham based Indie Rock, Rock, Blues band made up by Scott Bugg (Lead vocals/guitar), Brett Calladine (Bass/Vocals), Ashley Groves (Vocals/Percussion), James Smith (Vocals/Harmonica), Rory Black (Keyboards/Percussion), Phil Evison (Drums) and Chris Beecroft (Cajon). They are a Band of Brothers created by the love of music for the music and the people who love music.
The band were kind enough to answer a few questions we had, here’s what they had to say.
How Did you all meet?
Scott – “We’ve known each other for years now, half of us live on the same street and when you’re from somewhere like we are ‘Clifton’ everyone knows each other”
James – “We got together through music supporting each other when we were in previous bands throughout the years”
How supportive have your friends and family been?
Scott – “The support has been really good, everyone seems to have a favourite song which they can relate to. Last gig we had a couple get up and start dancing like something off strictly come dancing”
Chris – “Overwhelming support! It keeps you thriving to do more”
Who are your musical idols?
Scott – “I’d have to say the Beatles are my musical idols, they had it all! The songs, the look and John Lennon as got the best voice ever!”
Brett – “Stone Roses”
Ashley – “The Everly brothers”
Describe each member in one word.
Brett – “Real”
Phil – “Gentlemen”
Describe your music in three words.
Scott – “Simple, infectious, raw”
What would you say makes your band stand out from other bands?
Scott – “I think what makes us stand out is the simple fact that we are amazing live!! And our songs are massive! At the end of the day if you haven’t got good songs then no one will listen, people don’t want to be fooled anymore they just want honest simple music”
What is the music scene like in Nottingham?
Scott – “The music scene is on fire at the minute in Nottingham, some goods bands have smashed it! Jake, Sleaford Mods and more. It’s a bonus though we have great help for unsigned bands from people like Dean Jackson and the BBC introducing team, Mark Del he’s a good man too. Plus, we’ve got some mega venues and a brilliant festival Nottingham as it all”
What is your favourite track to play live?
Scott – “My favourite track to play live changes every bloody gig lol, at the minute though I’m going say ‘Running in the Dark’, it’s a new track and I’m loving the massive chorus it as with the harmonies. Plus, James does a killer riff on the harmonica”
Ashley – “’Running in the Dark’”
James – “’One way ticket’ it’s a great song to start the set off with”
Chris – “’running in the Dark’”
Brett – “’Sweet sweet lies’ another new track”
What has been your favourite and least favourite gig?
Scott – “We had an amazing gig at the maze in Nottingham last month the crowd were on fire and proper having it! Worst gig was probably a festival we did in Derby? It was full of bikers and I don’t think we were loud enough for them”
James – “Supporting Jake at De Montfort Hall was an amazing experience”
Do you have any funny/interesting gig stories you can share with us?
Scott – “What happens on tour stays on tour! Sorry”
What would be your dream venue to play?
Scott – “There’s too many venues I would love to play but I would love to play Glastonbury on any stage. Never had the chance to go not even as a punter so that would be amazing!”
Chris – “Albert Hall”
Ashley – “Ice Arena”
Have you got any new music coming out soon?
Scott – “We are currently half way through recording our EP which we hope to be ready and released end of January”
What are your plans for 2018?
Scott – “Plans for 2018 are to release the EP and get back on the road and gig, hopefully we get offered festivals for the summer too”
By Siân Parker