Q & A: JON CRABB

FFO Rockabilly and punk



PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


My name is Jon Crabb, I am a punk/rockabilly guitarist and have been playing for over 12 years. I was born and raised in London and currently work as a retailer for a living, but music has always been my dream job.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


I have just released EP album “No Rest For The Living” earlier this month and it contains re-masters of previous recorded songs I released last year as separate singles and it also contains a new original “Jason’s Daughter”. I owe CD UNITY, a manufacturing disc company my thanks for their excellent mastering work.


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


Well some of the songs I wrote from inspiration of horror movies, real-life social struggle, and love and friendship. The opening track; “Red Rats of London” was inspired by an incident that occurred when a friend of mine got his flat vandalized and looted by members of the far-Left group ‘Red London’, so I wrote a song about that. On the cover you may have noticed is Nelson’s Column which I chose, because it is still to this day, and many people don’t know it, regarded as the most controversial monument in London for political reasons which I won’t go into right now, but both the image and title “No Rest For the Living” is saying that whilst historic figures that many considered as flawless ‘heroes’ are now dead and ‘resting’, it is everyone else living today that faces every day struggle. Although I tried to make it focus on that aspect of reality, “Jason’s Daughter” is obviously based on “Friday 13th”, which I planned to release around Halloween originally. The others are definitely on real-life social struggle, such as “Bed of Rats” and “Young Lost Rebel”, which talks about the underbelly of being born into a poor environment and becoming a ‘rebel without a cause’. And the last two; “Funny Angelface” and “She’s Got the Beat” are both written and dedicated to two close friends of mine, one of them plays drums on the recording of “Bed of Rats”.


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


Ballistic, philosophical, friendship of lost rebellion all rolled into one.


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


I believe it was The Clash’s self-titled debut album because when I was unemployed, one of the tracks on it, “Career Opportunities”, spoke to me and I haven’t returned since. To this day, I hail them as my number one favorite influence of all time.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?


Not yet, but I hope to help make one soon.


WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


Probably still working as a retailer haha


DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


I hardly get nervous whenever I perform live, because I’ve learnt to enjoy myself and entertain audiences whilst. Whenever I mess up a song or get lost performing, I usually improvise.


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


I am currently a solo artist, but am hoping to help form a new band soon.


HOW DO YOU WRITE?

I write all my songs and do all my recording in my room.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU?


It usually depends. I sometimes write about strange incidents or highlights I experience on an average day, but mostly I like to write about dreams I have that are either to do with darkness or romance and often rock ‘n’ roll rebel fantasies. I like to write in different genre styles and my favorite band The Clash would be my main inspiration for that, cause of what they did with their album “London Calling”.


WHAT IS NEXT?


I will have a couple more EPs on the release later this year and hopefully will get back to performing live on stage again when the venues re-open.


PLEASE TELL US ANY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS SO WE CAN SHARE.


https://open.spotify.com/artist/0lu1Aiu6ryCroaRvTz7F7D

https://joncrabb.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/crabcityrocker/

https://www.facebook.com/CrabCityRocker

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