Interview with Alice Russell!

ImageQ: Hi Alice, welcome to the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2013, we’re delighted you’re here! How far have you come?

A: Brighton down south!

Q: Been to Glastonbury before? 

A: Yes! My first time was a few years back. I was in the Dance tent with Quantic Soul Orchestra and a time after that I was on the Jazz World Stage (now called West Holts) 

Q: Will you have a chance to check out other bands while you’re here?

A: Sadly I have to leave an hour after my set but last time I was here I stayed and partied! But I really want to see Toro Y Moi so I’m glad they’re after us. 

Q: What do you think of Michael Eavis’s beard?

A: I want one!

Q: Besides Glastonbury, what else have you been up to recently?

A: Just been to the States on tour – lots of shows!

Q: If a Martian dropped out of space into West Holts, how would you sum yourself up? 

A: Hmm, raw, emotional power soul!

Q: Glastonbury is renowned for the mad rumours that fly around overt the weekend. Would you care to start one off?

A: I am Mick Jagger!!

 

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Goat Takes the West Holts Stage on a Magical Mystery Tour!

Swedish voodoo-freaks Goat gave the West Holts Stage a mash up of Afrobeat, Latin disco, post punk, rampant acid rock a to create a riot of rhythm and psychedelic noise.

They took the stage in mysterious masks to make sure that the crowd connect with the music, and not who’s playing it. A stunning performance!ImageImage

Introducing … TROKER

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Making their debut festival appearance at West Holts, Troker are only the sixth Mexican band to play Glastonbury. Barbara Belt welcomes them

 At the beginning of June, Mexican groovers Troker treated their local fans to a Glastonbury preview, trying out their West Holts set on the packed house at Bar Imperial in Mexico City. This was the third airing, the first two performances having launched the new set in Oaxa’s Café Central a week earlier. The whole thing went down a storm.

“These guys are amazing – they’re chaotic, noisy and wonderful,” says music journalist Alvaro Jiménez, who was at an Oaxa gig and then caught them again in Mexico City.

The last of what they proudly bill their ‘Pre-Glastonbury’ gigs took place on June 21st, in Gaudalajara’s Teatro Estudio Cavaret, and had the home crowd abuzz with excitement.

Since bass player Samo González announced his six piece band were booked for Glastonbury, there’s been a lot of excitement in Mexico about Troker, with national press interest and a whirl of Facebook activity from fans intensifying as their departure date for Worthy Farm draws near.

Stand by to see what all the excitement’s about on Saturday, when they play our stage.

“We’re the sixth Mexican band to play Glastonbury, but the first tapatía (Guadalajara) band ever,” says saxophonist Arturo ‘El Tiburón’ Santillanes. “We’re fundamentally an improvisation project, but we’re rehearsing this set to get everything as tight as possible.

“It’s definitely a dream to be able to go into Europe via the festival. We’re very excited about our Glastonbury experience and obviously a little anxious to see and feel how the

English public react to our music.”

Troker is Samo González on bass, Frankie Mares on drums and percussion, Gil Cervantes on trumpet, Christian Jiménez on keyboards and guitar, Arturo El Tiburón (the shark) Santilles on sax and DJ Zero on decks. They call themselves ‘rude jazz funkers’ and are indeed a glorious mix up, but they come from Mexico, so aren’t they a Mex or Latin band? The answer has to be yes and no.

Yes, in the traditional Mano Negra/Manu Chao sense, because Troker are activists, involved in socio-educational programmes and community schemes. Central and South American groups often have a social conscience. They are, as we know, more likely to be concerned with not just singing about human rights than musos on ‘la escena anglosajona’, as Hispanics call the English language music scene.

No, not Mexican in that the six Trokeros have nothing to do with Narco-corrido  music, thus intelligently prolonging their lives.

Yes, in that when The Shark and Cervantes step out on sax and trumpet, what we have is Mariachi. Wild Mariachi, weaving in and out of bass beats, hip-hop and free form jazz runs. No big hats or jingly trousers for these truckers, just jazzed Mariachi and Cumbia blasts, such as you may never have heard before.

Troker’s groove is energy-charged jazz, moving through punk, hip-hop and psychedelia, all with a Mexican touch.

Of their debut Glastonbury performance, they have great expectations. “For our band it’ll be historic. This is something that doesn’t often happen on the Mexican music scene. We feel very honoured.”