Lady Chann Q&A

The ferociously fast chatting Chanelle Williams a.k.a Lady Chann is responsible for bashment classics such as 2009’s ‘Your Eye Too Fast’ and 2010’s ‘Sticky Situation’, which earned her plaudits from The Guardian and Clash. Ahead of her performance on the Garden Stage we caught up with her for a little chat.

How did you get into performing?

I studied performing arts in college

Who are your current influences?

Lady Saw, Lady Patra, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Lauren Hill, Beyonce, Stormy, Double E, Busy Signal….those are mainly my staples….the list add i’m sure there’s more.

Three festival essentials you can’t live without

Plastic bags, wet wipes and snacks

Which acts do you look up to and why?

Difficult one, because I’m still influenced by the oldies…but i’d have to say Beyonce, her work ethic is amazing and stage show presence, so i definitely have learned over watching her through the years good ways to perform.

If you could collab with any artist who would you pick and why?

There’s loads, from Stormzy to Dj Khaled to Busy Signal…and whoever else in between lol!

I saw you in Berlin lasty ear as part of The Bug’s new albumn launch when can we expect some of that to drop?

Yes we have  a track or two in the works. so staaaaaaand by! 🙂

Most embarrasing festival moment

Haven’t really had one tbh, but the only closet thing I can think of is last year at Glastonbury just before I performed, it was so full of mud , that me and my friend pulled up in a nice BMW, and got stuck and then had to await to be retrieved. THEN also enroute walking to the backstage area, my trainers got caught in the mud and my agent had to piggy back me to the stage with my trainers in my hand! Looool!

THEN! when we were leaving Glasto, myself and my mate got stuck in the mud AGAIN and the jeep unit who came to help us, THEY got stuck, and the van that came to help them? THEY got stuck.. and we met about 6 nice lads that ended up pushing our car out of the mud at 6am

Josh Ace Q&A

We sat down with a virtual cuppa, nice slice of Battenberg and Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ace to ask those all important questions that are on the tip of everyone’s tongue:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Kurt Vile. Its that kind of grooving Americana thing going on that’s great in a field with everyone having a good time.

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Guitar, Beer, Tent

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing you can put in print

PJ Harvey at Field Day 2016
Photo: WENN

What is your best memory from a festival?

PJ Harvey was amazing at Field Day, maybe that is my most recent memory.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury, all I remember is the clown. I was about 4.

How did you get into music?

My father is a musician so picked up the basics that way.

 What can we expect from your performance / set?

30 mins of fast paced rock ‘n’ roll.

Bob Dylan on a rooftop in New York City, 1962

 Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Welsh Punk Rock.

Any musical heroes?

Bob Dylan.

 Highlight of your career so far?

Being played on BBC 6music.

Thanks Josh! We’re looking forward to seeing your set on the Bandstand at Noz 2017!

The RPMs Q&A

We sat down and shared a virtual cuppa with the gang from The RPMs.

Young guns Jack,  Callum and Miguel formed in Brighton and shot to Glastonbury’s Pilton Party fame with the fortuitous winning of a new bands competition in 2015, launching their debut single ‘I Don’t Like it’ with the help of BBC Introducing. They’ve played Glasto, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Beautiful Days and now they’re joining the fantastically friendly Nozstock family for 2017.

 

We asked them some slightly probing questions to ease our rampant curiosity:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Well after toilet paper being the absolute essential (take it from experience) it would be wellies and some sort of crazy hat.

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Some spring to mind, but they all involve toilets so they get a bit graphic.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Answered by Jack Valero (Front man) – Well my first festival was Camp Bestival and I went there with a school friend of mine who drove us there in a Triumph Herald which was this really old rickety car from the sixties but looked brilliant. We spent three days there and I ended up singeing my eye lashes when I used my lighter and forgot I’d jacked it up.

How did you get into music?

Well I think we all started to feel evermore alienated and lost from our own generation and normally when kids feel that way they find a subculture to be a part of, but we don’t really have any of our own not artistically anyway. So music seemed to be the best way to help us express ourselves and find our place within it all.

What can we expect from your performance / set at Nozstock this year?

Tonnes of energy and catchy tuneful songs to get you moving.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see you on the Orchard Stage very soon.

Ferocious Dog Q&A

Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.

From playing Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their European tour, Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on and dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European tours booked for 2017 and slots at some of the UK’s favourite festivals, we can’t wait to welcome them down on the farm and ahead of their performance we asked them a few questions….

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Ken Bonsall said Friday night House of Pain, Saturday night Rancid, Sunday night Levellers because these are 3 of my favourite bands

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Beer. Beer carrier. Cheese and hp brown sauce cob

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Trying to stop Les carter aka Fruitbat from drunkenly gatecrashing the Avalon cafe stage while a band was playing. But it turned out in the end that he knew the band who were Flipron

What is your best memory from a festival?

Seeing Dans face at Glastonbury ’92 coming out of the Carter USM mosh pit at 12 years old.

It was a picture

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury 92. Main reason we went is so Dan could see the Levellers for the first time and so we could all see Carter USM

Highlight of your career so far?

Selling out Rock City on our first attempt and making history as the first unsigned band to do so in its 35 year history. And it’s our home town of Nottingham which made it extra special

Hazard Q&A

Originally hailing from Birmingham, and responsible for the most intense tracks the drum and bass world has even heard, we are so excited to have DJ Hazard tearing it up at this year’s festival!

With releases dating back from 2001, which include anthems such as: ‘Time Tripping’; ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’; and ‘Mr. Happy’, to name just a few. No party is complete without these dark, chaotic and pure genius tracks.

As well as being a producing mastermind, DJ Hazard’s DJ sets display what a highly seasoned and creative DJ Hazard really is. Prior to his highly anticipated performance at this year’s festival, Hazard has taken part in a Q&A with us, so we can get to know the Jump Up phenomenon a little better.

What three things can’t you live without at a festival

My car, an escape plan and a bottle of water!

What is your most embarrassing festival memory

There was one festival where I was playing an outdoor stage and it was chucking it down. I was really worried about getting electrocuted so was standing as far away from the decks as possible, trying not to touch too much – it definitely looked a bit embarrassing I’m sure.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Boomtown with Hype last summer. It was unreal.

If you had your own festival what three headliners would you pick?

Bryan G, Randall and Brockie.

What is your favourite song at the minute?

Any Taxman tune, he’s on fire right now.

When you’re not DJing what are you doing?

As little as possible. I’m very good at watching TV.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

To be honest, nobody – I hate working with other people in the studio!

Your tunes have become recognised all over the world, how does it feel seeing and hearing other DJ’s playing them to 1000’s of people?

At first it was really good, but now they’re just playing old tunes because I haven’t released anything for a while so the novelty has worn off a bit. Perhaps that’s the kick up the arse I need to get some new music out?

Kasra – Q&A

Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
Goldie, Metalheadz

How did Critical Music come about?

I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.

When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?

I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.

When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?

Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!

Which artists do you look up to and why?

Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.

What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?

Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.

What are your future plans for Critical Music?

This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.

What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?

Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !

What three things can you not live without at a music festival?

Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus

Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

CREW Q&A Roisin – Ella’s Assistant

If theres one thing that makes Nozstock the best festival then it has to be our crew. We caught up with Roisin, everybody’s favourite Geordie lass, to get the inside scoop on her 8 years with us at the farm.

What is your role at Nozstock?

My role at Nozstock is… well I’m Ella’s (festival director) assistant but that essentially means keeping her sane, doing french plaits, being a welcoming face and knowing who is who on the crew so I can point people in the right direction/get the best gossip.

What is your most embarassing Nozstock Memory?

Christ. I mean, after working on the farm with the same wrong’uns for eight years there’s basically no shame left. Being woken up on the sofa of the womans toilets by the general public coming into them was pretty bad. Best two hours sleep I had that whole weekend though.

What three things can’t you do Nozstock without

The rest of the crew (literally and emotionally), giant vats of iced coffee and dry shampoo!

When you are not at Nozstock what are you doing?

I make theatre, so I perform and write and direct and work with children and young people alot! They’re my favourite to work with because they’ll tell you if they think somethings rubbish even though I’m in charge.

Favourite Food

Honestly, I love a good side salad.

What is funniest problem you have had to deal with at Nozstock?

A good few years back, I generously offered to help clean out the dressing rooms as it was super late in the game and they needed all the help they could get. However, I left the office and soon realised it was too hot for sweeping and hauling in those little sweat box caravans, so I did what every grown woman in a professional environment does, went to mama noz (Julie) and she said “well you’ve got irish blood in you babe, we’re not built for the heat! Sit yourself down at once sweetie, if anyone asks I’ll say you’re not leaving the office under my orders.”
If in doubt, get a Noz to sort it out.

If you could choose three headliners who would you pick?

Chance The Rapper, Beyonce, Dolly Parton.

If you were a cocktail what would you be and why?

I’d just be a vodka, lime and soda.
Sweet, straight to the point and will get you messy!

Tell us a joke…

This works best in a geordie accent…
I was speaking to this bit of pasta the other day, it was a tube and all covered cheese and spinach. Anyways, I said to him “how are you feeling?” And he says back “eeh, not great. The wife left us the other day and now I’m cannelloni.” CANNELLONI. CANNY LONELY.