Forgotten Sons

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Robert “Birdy” Burgess 10/02/89, John Gair 28/04/89, Sandy Middleton 04/11/88, Craig Watt 13/03/68.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

We all played in bands from our early teens and were playing every weekend. As we got older, we went and did other things. When we formed this band, we all had Rise Against as an influence and liked a song called “Long Forgotten Sons”. We decided to use this because we’d all been out of the music scene loop for so long. We’ve all been gigging in Shetland but Johns previous outfit had supported Franz Ferdinand, featured in NME, been showcased by Sony, Mercury, Virgin, Warner bros records etc throughout the UK.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song
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We have been classed as alternative pop rock. Our video was shot in a small shop in Shetland. We had a friend called Steven Johnson filmed us playing in front of friends. We just wanted to show people that we are a fun band and love having a good time.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

We are 4 rockers from Shetland who are constantly facing struggles to break out onto the music scene. We are in the middle of the North Sea so it’s hard to get our music out to the world and even harder to obtain gigs in the UK because of costs and travel. The good thing is that we are gaining a small reputation and gaining more and more followers each and every day so we will keep doing what we are doing.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

We are produced by The Animal Farm who are based in London. They really liked our demos and decided to take a gamble on us and sign us. Our drummer John initially produced the tracks. The Animal Farm enhanced it all for a more radio friendly sound. “Leave The Light On” was recorded in an old house originally in Shetland and the music video was shot in a shop. We had our friend Steven Johnson shot us playing to friends from all angles. It was a lot of fun!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
Birdy, John and Sandy have all been playing in bands since they were in their early teens so it’s around 15 years. Craig has been on the scene for around 35 years. He brings experience to the band and a much needed level head. Our aim is to get as many people listening and liking our music and to play festivals and go on tour. Ditch the 9-5 jobs and hopefully make a living from our songs.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

We’re inspired by every day events whether it be relationships, politics, nights out with friends. We also love that folk give us compliments on our songs. That’s the main thing that keeps us going as a band and makes all of this worth while.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If we knew the secret, we’d write songs every day and be famous. Unfortunately, we don’t. We just have some good chemistry and are flattered if anyone thinks we are good at what we do.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Our message is if you love something, never give up on it. Even if you feel like giving up, keep having a crack at it. You may surprise yourself.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Our advice would be the same as our message, just keep writing songs, keep doing what you love doing and never give up.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

John has come the closest when it comes to recognition. His previous band has featured in the NME and they had some big companies vying for their signature. Sadly, it didn’t work out for them. Their loss, our gain. The rest of us have been gigging in Shetland and done the odd show in Scotland. We’ve supported Scouting For Gigs in Shetland. That’s our biggest gig to date in the 2 years we’ve been together.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

https://www.artwillfall.com/single-post/2017/11/13/Forgotten-Sons—Leave-The-Light-On-Track-Feature

https://www.soundchain.co.uk/single-post/5a09fb073a1a3d67f43ff830

http://www.anrfactory.com/leave-light-not-forgotten-sons%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8/

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Songs are normally written by Sandy and Birdy. They’ll jam in Sandy’s house with an acoustic guitar. Lyrics are normally written by both of the guys. The song will then be brought forward to Craig and John to lay down the bass and drums. We’ll play the song over and over again to the point where we feel it is tight enough to record. We then set everything up in an old house and John produces it on his computer. It’s sent to The Animal Farm and they master it for us.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
5 biggest artists that we like are Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers and Rise Against.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We haven’t collaborated with any artists but we wouldn’t rule it out. We’d try anything. We would try out stuff with anyone from bands like us to a full orchestra.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network
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www.forgotten-sons.co.uk


www.facebook.com/forgottensonsshetland


www.instagram.com/forgottensonsshetland


www.twitter.com/forgottensonsuk

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://hyperurl.co/fi0p19

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Our happiest day as a band was probably the day we signed with The Animal Farm. I don’t know what our saddest day has been? We hope we don’t have any.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If we had a million dollars, we’d spend it on a worldwide tour, rum and food!

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