Introducing: newfamiliar

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A new name for Wakefield’s breakout rock success Skinny Living – here’s Danny from newfamiliar…

YOUR NAME: Danny Hepworth.
BAND NAME: newfamiliar.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Play guitar and sing backing vocals.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? We’ve worked in multiple projects together for years but as newfamiliar we’ve been together since last year.

GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
1) It has no age/date restriction. Our music draws influence from so many different places, it’s easy to relate to yourself.
2) We put everything into the meaning, so when you hear it, you’re listening to a feeling we felt at a particular moment.
3) The more you track down and listen to our music now, the more music we can release and hopefully you’ll like that too.

WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
I think we sound best anywhere with an audience who loves our music. Audiences not afraid of silence, and knowing when the right time to scream and the right time to close your eyes and feel the music. We’ve played all different styles of venue and when audiences react like that, it feels just as magic anywhere.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST…
RECORD? Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin.
CD? I think it would have been a McFly album in high school.
DOWNLOAD? Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune.

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A HUGE QUEUE OF HANGERS-ON AND A RIDICULOUS MANSION, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST INDULGENCE, MUSICAL OR OTHERWISE?
I’d like it to be guitars, but being left handed, there’s a lot less out there for me. I think I’d probably spend a lot on clothes. You can never have too many plain t shirts!

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
Selling the expensive clothes I’ve wasted money on.

CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Ryan can go too r’n’b, Will can go too country, and I can go too bluesy. Luckily, we all keep each other in balance.

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WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Leeds United are the spirit behind Yorkshire sports. Anybody who disagrees are misinformed. Good music has always found its birth in Yorkshire, but I’d say the kings of that atm must be Arctic Monkeys. From Sheffield to MSG. And culture, you’d have to ask someone more cultured than me!

NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT, WHO’S ON VOCALS AND WHO’S YOUR BEZ?
Freddie Mercury on Vocals, John Mayer on Guitar, Marcus Miller on Bass, Questlove on Drums, Bez as Bez.

GO SEE THIS FILM: The Departed.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Keith Richards: Life.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Harry Nilsson.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Metallica.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS?: Tough one between LA and Leeds. They’re both so similar.

AND FINALLY… AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS?
Cheers (with a thumbs up, then an anxiety driven 15 seconds of trying to walk off stage not falling over.

The debut single from newfamiliar, ‘How Can I?’ is out now
For more info visit: facebook.com/newfamiliarband

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