Since you’ve been doing this have you had bizarre or memorable suggestions for songs from the audience?
We’ve had some that we’ve refused, we take them out of a bucket at the front of the stage. There was one I didn’t even get to which I only found in the bucket after the show which was “I think one of my dads is gay” which is quite funny. There was another that was “Pumpkin bonanza” or something. You can make something out of anything it just depends on what you’re feeling at the time. If you’ve just done a really deep song then you might want something uplifting after. We keep it at the pace of a show, you don’t want there to be too much space. Sometimes I’ll say “Let’s have something upbeat” or “That was silly, let’s get a serious song now”. That helps us craft the experience. It also helps craft the album being made, there’s a lot to consider. Doing things appropriate for different genres and fusing genres together, which sometimes doesn’t work. When I’m doing these comedy shows I’ll try and go out there and more readily take a suggestion because it’s funny but this show isn’t a comedy show. It has to be good.
What do you think about streaming services and how platforms like YouTube effect the music industry?
YouTube effects everything. Even Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all these things are windows in which we see the world. The TV speaks only to the older generation now, younger people don’t trust or watch it. For me the music industry was doing its best when it was crumbling, when you had MySpace as the primary means in which people discovered new music. It’s all subjective but YouTube is a much purer way to discover new music. It’s really hard to monetise listening to music these days. But it’s easier now than a few years ago as it’s mostly legal apart from YouTube. With YouTube if you want to be militant about it you can search for your video and get it taken down. However Monty Python put a bunch of their sketches on there and then released a DVD of all their stuff and sold thousands of DVDs off the back of that. It can be the same for the music industry too.
I think Apple Music is quite good, it feels like it’s curated with a bit more care. I still think the best way to discover new music is recommendations from friends, blogs, things like that. Who knows, music publishing, rights management and remuneration from your recordings is all weird because it’s based on a time when you had physical copies. When records were new there were new laws that were business laws around product and owning the master copy. So now these terms like publishing and masters which are still used on a legal basis for remuneration literally have no analog in the real world. To learn it you have to have a bit of a history lesson to find out where it all came from.
You’ve been rehearsing in our new Melomania space, how have you found using it?
We’re really touched that you guys have let us use it. Sound-wise it’s fucking great. It’s really cool, I can’t wait to see where it goes and what’s going to happen in here. The fact that you have a disco ball means good things are going to happen!
Thank you Darren!
Intrigued by Beardyman and The Dream Team? Head to the website here, then check out the video below of ‘Day By Day’ recorded in our venue space Melomania. You can download the full 'Day By Day' E.P from Bandcamp here.