Now, as things have been sickeningly busy for us recently, we didn't quite have time to sit down with the boys and run and full length interview. However, Dirty Money no5 very kindly made time to answer a couple of our questions and this is what we got...
So, who is Dirty Money no5?
Dirty Money no5 are Marcus on guitar and vocals, Steve (Doon) Dunn on lead guitar, Carl (Vinnie) Jones on decks, Tom Carter on drums and Geordie Nic McCarthy on bass guitar.
And without being extremely nosy... how old are you guys?
If you add our total ages and then divide it by the members of the band it totals 36... It is a good job Tom's in the band otherwise the average would be a lot higher... That's all we're saying on that matter!
Oooh mysterious, we like it :) So, aside from Dirty Money no5 do you guys have day jobs?
Our day jobs consist of a student mentor, a live music venue manager, a couple of graphic designers and a production manager at a well known heavy plant company.
Hard workers! Tell us in a nutshell, how did Dirty Money no5 begin?
Myself (Geordie) and Marcus used to be in a band called Mysteriously Cultured many moons ago and myself and Doon have worked together on various musical projects in the past. After Mysteriously Cultured split up in 2000 myself and Marcus formed Dirty Money along with Vinnie and Doon in 2001. We had also had a female co vocalist back then (Samantha Cope) who now is the editor of the Sunday People magazine! After 6 years of gigging, recording and gaining quite a large following Sam moved to London and the drummer left the band so we decided to split up. Marcus Doon and myself worked on other musical projects. Doon was in Jug of Punch a folk band and I was in Senseless a hardcore punk band. In 2010 I got a phone call from Marcus asking if I wanted to have a jam session with him and Doon as they had been doing some acoustic stuff along with Vinnie... The out-come was Dirty Money. The no5 part came about because we couldn't get just Dirty Money as our Facebook page because some other band had nicked our name while we had had our sabbatical. So technically we are really called Dirty Money!
Nice bit of trivia there! Who writes the lyrics and who are your influences?
Marcus writes the lyrics. They mainly come from every day observations and life experiences. As for our influences, they range widely, from from Ska, Reggae , Punk, Folk, Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop. Everyone from Bob Marley, to Grand Master Flash via The Clash, James Taylor, Bootsy Collins Massive Attack and about a 1001 other musicians are our inspiration. When anyone asks us what we sound like or what type of band we are, we usually say, 'Come and listen and you tell us.' We couldn't tell you really, because we try not to copy anyone else. I know it sounds cliched but it is really true for us!
I love Dirty Money no5... Its true, I've never heard anything like you before, you're so unique! Tell us about your best and worst gigs...
Since reforming, two gigs stand out as the best. The first was supporting The King Blues at a sold out show last year. We won the crowd over which is quiet hard to achieve when they just want to see the headliners. The pressure's on even more when the headliner is a band as big as The King Blues! Also playing at the Night for Joey G earlier this year was outstanding, an event full of great bands. The atmosphere was amazing and all for a worth while cause.
Ahh I popped my Dirty Money no5 cherry at the night for Joey G! It really was a fantastic night and a cause quite close to our Hippy Hippy hearts.
Yeah, Joey was a great guy and sadly missed.
And your worst gig?
Last year we were booked to play a Birmingham venue with an American band. We confirmed everything and double-checked with the venue tons of times, spoke about sound checks and even had a conversation with the venue manager on the day about load-in at the place. When we arrived for sound check we were told by staff at the club that the manager had cancelled the show thirty minutes before. They hadn't even told the touring band that they had cancelled the gig. It cost us a lot of money as we had payed out for transport fuel and a driver to do the gig. The American group were even worse off as they were stranded in Birmingham for the night without any money or a place to stay for the night!
That's horrendous! I guess you'll never play there again... Let's talk about a fantastic musical establishment instead... who are you looking forward to catching at HippyHaze?
Unfortunately due to work commitments I can't make the first couple of days so I'm going to miss Sea Based Turtles, Nameless (a great young band), Sworn to Oath and The Hiding Place on Saturday. As for the Sunday I would have liked to see Faux Feet, Moral Panics, In the Cards and The Get Alongs. Luckily, on the Monday I'll be able to get along to see Jim Mcshee and the Sherry Counsellors!
Awhh we'll be missing you on the first couple of days, but we'll let you off :) So finally, what's next for Dirty Money No 5?
Well, after Hippy Haze we are going to be writing some new material and getting the rest of the album recorded. We need to get a video made then get back out play lots of live gigs in the summer. Hopefully we'll do a few more festivals after HippyHaze... I think we have a great sound for a warm sunny day!
Thank you very much for your time Geordie :) Can't wait to see you guys perform!
Dirty Money No 5 have a really different sound which is like nothing you've heard before. Go check out their Soundcloud and listen to Old England... It's our favorite song and a certain festival organizer's daughter is dying to hear it at HippyHaze. The boys will not disappoint! We absolutely can't wait to see them perform on the Monday of the festival and they're a definite 'can't miss' act, so...
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