After touring with the Rolling Stones, British India once again return to the FOTSUN stage, bringing their rock tunes to the Festival goers. focus chats to nic wilson from the band…
You guys were here at FOTSUN 2014. What excites you about coming back to our music festival this time?
To put it simply, we just love rocking out! Doesn’t matter where we do it; it’s always a pleasure to jump on the stage and play to people, so we are really excited about it.
Back in 2010 you guys were a relatively fresh band. Over the past five years, how have you shaped the band, and what’s been your focus?
We’re always focused on writing basically – that’s how we progress the most. Putting out albums … We are back writing now for a new album.
What will the audience be hearing at your FOTSUN set? Will it be a collection of both old and new material?
It’ll be a nice mix; we don’t like cramming too much new stuff down people’s throats, so it’ll be a greatest hits package with a few newies chucked in there for good measure.
And you guys have toured with the Rolling Stones. What was that experience like, and what did you learn from it?
It was surreal, to say the least – it’s a band that we all collectively really love and learned a lot from, so being able to share a stage with them was incredible.
The thing that we learnt from them … Mick Jagger’s a fist pumper; he doesn’t like shaking hands.
Do you have any other big name bands that you’d like to play with?
Most of mine are dead or broken up, so through some miracle if the Beatles ever get back together, I think that’s the only one that’s going to be able to top the Stones.
You’ve got a big tour coming up in the USA. What do you hope will come out of that?
I dunno; it’s going to be a great little holiday, really. Playing to the audiences overseas is always good; it’s going to be fun to get away and rock out.
What are you excited most about with your upcoming tours both locally and internationally?
Getting back out on the road in general will be fun – the pay off of being in a band is to be able to get out and tour. It’s a bit of a party! So yeah, we are just looking forward to getting out there and playing some tunes with each other again.
Will you get some downtime after the tour?
This one’s a long one – one sort of rolls into the other. We’re supporting Imagine Dragons, then we’re heading to the States, and then we’re doing our own tour, which takes us through to the end of the year.
I’m sure there will be stuff earlier next year as well – hopefully some downtime next year, so we can start focusing on recording.
How do you like to spend your time off?
Try to detox! Try to get all the nasty stuff out of my system and get ready for the next tour.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Loving the new Apple thingamajig, this new Apple music thing that I’ve just signed up for … the suggested play list is where I’m at the moment; it’s all over the shop.
Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share with our readers?
The best advice I could give to young bands is definitely just write. It sounds really simple, but that’s the key to everything in this industry, just keep writing … You’ve gotta write sh*t songs to write great songs; just never stop. That’s the secret, I think!
Catch British India at FOTSUN.
11th – 12th December
For full line up and tickets head to www.fotsun.com