Friday 2 November 2012

The Friday Interview: Roller Trio

Described by the Guardian's Tim Jonze as sounding ..."a million times more forward-thinking than almost anything else on the [Mercury Prize 2012] list", Roller Trio have had an incredibly busy year so far. They found some time to talk to Jazz Yorkshire about their award nominations, music and more...

It's a pretty intense time for the band at the moment. How are you coping with all of the attention?

We're just about coping haha! We have a bit of a team helping us out behind the scenes now so we just turn up when we're meant to and it's fine. The Mercury shortlist announcement was pretty mental, having never done a TV interview before then suddenly having to do about 15 in a row. 

Obviously Roller Trio is very busy and you guys work together a lot, but tell me a bit about the other projects you guys are involved in?

Yeah Roller is all our main project, but I also work with Space Fight who are playing at the Fusebox next Friday, and I have a quartet who's just been awarded some recording support from Jazz Services. Luke Wynter produces his own electronic music, and Luke RW plays in a few different jazz line-ups. We have a trio with Michael Bardon on bass and we often play at at the Chemic on Friday nights if we are free.

What's next for Roller Trio - what are you working on at the moment?

Well we've started work on our film with Ray Kane (funded by the Peter Whittingham award) and also in contact with labels about our next album, which the material for is almost ready. We're touring in December, playing at the Brudenell if you fancy it. More info at

What sort of music are you listening to at the moment? Any current favourite albums or musicians?

We all listen to lots of different music, but a few bands we always seem to out on in the car on the way home from gigs are Little Dragon, Inara George and Dhafer Youssef.

What would you say is the best thing about the music scene in Yorkshire?

Nights like Fusebox and generally the whole DIY approach to making gigs happen. If you can't get a gig, rent a back room of pub out and make it happen.

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