Face to face with Digo


Having got together in December 2011, Digo have been making psychedelic, post-punk waves since then. Atmospheric, eerie, hypnotising tunes are their main trump card which is not easy to beat. Drummer Ed Mathews introsuces Digo to Rock Britain’s readers.

– You’ve been around since December 2011. When was the moment when you realised that Digo properly started as a band? What was the turning point in the band’s formation?

– We initially formed the band whilst studying at Music College in and I think our first live performance was for an end of term showcase they held. We decided to play a string of Brighton dates throughout 2012 and became better and tighter as a band. We put a lot of effort into our debut EP that year too and I think that’s when we felt DIGO had properly started. I think the real turning point though was when we were joined by a new bassist Ben in late 2012/early 2013.

– You’re based in Brighton, which is a very vibrant place, a really great town for music. How does it influence, inspire you?

– Brighton’s a great city, especially for music. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a hub of creativity and expression. In a place where the music community is so tightly knit and every other person is a musician, it’s hard not to be influenced and inspired both those people and the city itself. I think it’s broadened our tastes considerably. It has a rich musical history as well and has inspired many greats, The Who to name just one. We’re chuffed to be part of it.

– Who are your favourite Brighton bands? 

– So many to name! Johnson & The Believers, The Dubarrys, Spit Shake Sisters, Fear Of Men. Phoria, Kudu Blue, Theo Verney, Traams, Kill Moon and Nightworkers. To name but a handful.

 – Digo’s music is very atmospheric. And what’s your favourite atmosphere for writing?

– A few of our songs have come about from messing around at rehearsals but it can be difficult to get a good grasp of what we want the finished product to sound like. Often we will write at home, together or separately, and then bring our ideas to the rest of the band to fill in the gaps. It also means that we all have some creative input.

– In your music, what’s the most important thing for you? 

– Our songs are always lyric driven with strong melodies, atmospheric guitars and a solid rhythm. It’s difficult to pick one aspect that is more important but I’d say that conveying the frustration and afflictions of many young people like ourselves is a big part of it.

– What’s the most unusual thing that’s ever inspired you for a song? 

– Easy, Brighton!

– What would you write on a poster inviting music lovers to your live show? 

– I think if I were to compress a few write ups we’ve had into a sentence and use that it would sound something like, ‘Captivating, raw, melodic, psychedelic post-punk with echoes of Joy Division, Nirvana and The Pixies’. What music lover could refuse that?

 – If you could go back in time and attend any show in any time, whose show would it be and where? 

– Again, so many! I saw a video of Ride at Brixton Academy in1992 the other day. To be there would be great.

 – What’s your earliest music memory? 

– Being forced to learn the piano by my parents at the age of 6 or 7. I hated it! Luckily I took up the drums a bit later on.

 – What’s your biggest ambition in music? 

– We all have our own personal goals and ambitions but as a band I think we want to connect with people and see them connect with our music, perhaps even make a career out of it.

 – What are your plans for the nearest future?

– Having done some recording over December we’re releasing a 2 track EP in the next few weeks. I think this year we really want to push and play as many shows and reach as many people as we can. We’re currently booking shows and a few festival dates around the UK.

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