Artist of the Day - Liam Naughton & The Educators (3 July)
Introducing our brand new feature, "Artist of the Day" in which we... well, it's probably fairly self explanatory.
We'll be asking artists to answer a series of probing questions, helping you to get to know them a little better, as well as the most important question of all - is it milk first or last when making tea?
Today we meet Liam from Liam Naughton & The Educators
Who are Liam Naughton & The Educators?
The band are made up of me, Liam Naughton; Song Writer / Vocals / Rhythm Guitar, Lauren Reece; Drummer (The Educators Australia), James Vinciullo; Bass Guitar (The Educators Australia), Cameron Hayes; Lead Guitar (Global), George Addison Atkinson; Drummer (The Educators UK) and Joe Southwell; Bass Guitar (The Educators UK)
Where are you based?
We’ve been based out in Perth Australia, but this year I had taken a year off my day job to move to the bright lights of London, hook up with Cameron (our lead guitarist) and launch an assault on the Irish and UK music scene. That’s when I got The Educators UK together. Covid-19 put the brakes on that though and I’ve since had to bail back to Perth.
What genre would you describe yourself as?
Indie / Rock
Who is your main inspiration?
Got to say Neil Young cause my get off my arse moment was when Danny Murphy hit the play button on Harvest Moon in the background at work. When it finished I asked “Can you play that again?”. I was memorised
at the way Neil Young put down his lyrics. After years of bull shitting myself I bought a guitar and practised 4 hours a night, 6 hours on weekends for 6 months straight and started writing. A close second is Vincent Van Gogh cause of how he never gave up even when his art was driving him mad and the deeper he got into his illness the more beauty poured out of him.
What is your songwriting process?
I sit down with my sometimes friend / sometimes enemy Mr Acoustic Guitar. Wrestle with him, grab him by the throat and force him to the ground until he gives me something that I like; something fresh and interesting in the chord prog or timing signature. Then I play him over and over and over and over until he makes perfect sense and drags a lyric out of me that I can develop into something that makes him and me good friends again… until the next time we sit down again (and have a chat).
What made you want to start in music?
Even before I learned the guitar I felt that I had something to offer to original music. Dunno, I just felt that if I didn’t at least try it I’d really regret it down the line. I‘ve kinda spent the 2nd half of my life fixing my mistakes from the 1st half.
What is on the horizon for you?
Well. Cut On A Cut has just been released so the goal is to flog that to the market, and keep flogging it until I’m blue in the face. I’ll flog it up and down the street, I’ll flog it first thing in the morning, all day and all evening. Flog fucking flog flog flog. I was supposed be in London for the year and had all these shows lined up in UK and Ireland but Covid-19 flogged me before I could get my whip out. Now I’m back in Perth, Australia waiting for the borders to open so I can get on another tour and, that’s right, flog it all over Australia. Nobody's booking right now so no one really knows what’s happening. I’ve got a new album written as well so I’m going to do some quality demos of the tracks and get some pre-production work done and have my ducks in a row before the costly studio part.
Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)
Someone loose and dangerous like Johnny Cash
What is your ultimate goal
When I was growing up I wanted to score the winning try for Ireland in the grand slam, or bicycle kick the winning goal for Liverpool in the FA cup, but at this stage I’m going to have to settle for headlining Croke Park being supported by U2… keep it real ya know
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
Anarchy In The UK
Tea making: milk first or last?
WTF?... Last :-)
Tell us your funniest joke!
Why is there no Panadol in the jungle? Cause the parrots-eat-them-all. (paracetamol)
Controversial answer regarding the tea? What do you think? We'll give the joke a rating of 11 out of 13 and a bit.