When HydeRoadKid meets Vintage Trouble.

Vintage Trouble is a band that was formed across the pond in California. They are a sensational, soulful four-man band whose very essence screams out loud of the late 1950’s to 1960’s. They way they describe their music is, live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d pelvis-pushin’ juke music.

How did the four of you get together?
In a word: Destiny.

Why vintage trouble for a name?
“The name was inspired by a conversation Ty was having with a friend about his late father, saying that his father was Trouble– Vintage Trouble. And then the first song we played as a band was Blues Hand Me Down, which Ty implemented Vintage Trouble into the lyric. So the name came from a conversation, which led to a lyric, which led to our name.”

Who are your inspirations?
“We love that time in music when the lines were blurred between what was labelled as Blues, Soul, Rock, R&B. Mid 50’s to mid 60’s was a great magical time for music, and pretty much shaped modern music today. We have tried to strip ourselves down and somewhat digress back to that time. “
Rick Barrio Dill –“ Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Willie Weeks”
Ty Taylor – “Ike and Tine Tuner, Joe Tex”
Richard – “Stanton Moore – Bernard Purdie”
Nalle Colt – “Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix”

Who would you love to tour with and why? Past or present?
“We are currently on tour with Lenny Kravitz and it may be the best pairing we’ve had to date (style-wise). He’s such an icon, his longevity has been amazing. But beyond that his music, when we were growing up, was something so special. When so many others were using computers and drum machines and stiffening music, he was digressing in style, stripping it down to groove and soul and great lyrical content, keeping it real. He has written some incredible songs that stand the test of time. “

What decade would you love to make music in and why?
“1955 – 1965. This is our favourite time for music because it was still undefined as far as what was rhythm and blues, soul and rock n roll. Such a prolific and exciting time in the history of music.”
Where would be your ultimate place to perform, past or present?
Rick Barrio Dill – “Rio De Janeiro”
Ty Taylor – “Monterey 1967”
Richard Danielson – “Hollywood Bowl”
Nalle Colt – “Madison Square Garden”
Name any song you’d wish you had written and performed?
Richard – “Imagine by John Lennon.”
Rick barrio Dill – “A Song For You by Leon Russell”
Ty Taylor –“ Do You Love Me by Contours”
Nalle Colt – “All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix version of Bob Dylan’s song)”

Who is the coolest out of you four?
“Guess it would depend on who you were talking to. Well, Ty Taylor, front man, great moves, great voice, pretty hard to compete with that. But, Nalle Colt, Guitarist, great player, great looking guy. Rick barrio Dill, tall, deep voice, intellectually inclined. Richard Danielson, Drummers are just cool period. You decide.”

If you could have anyone joining you band past or present, who would it be?
“Well, it feels pretty complete right now. Horn players will approach us, organ players, additional guitar players. We’ve already been in bands with these additions. What we are doing is digressing, or stripping it back down to just the basics. We are just guitar, bass, drums and vocals. No extra frills. We hope to keep it this way.”

You’re from American, I’m English. If I said to you ‘England’, what would you think?
“First of all, when we first put this project together, we had said that England is where we
want to take this. And that says it all right there. And as it went, this country has welcomed us with open arms and we feel so good here. It really has become a second home for us. There is also a very potent musical synergy between America and the UK, a very rich history. So many great bands have come from here.”

Which is most important, looks or music?
“Music “

What’s been your most enjoyable gig and why?
“There has been so many, so it’s hard to pick just one. Last year we got to play
arena/stadiums with Bon Jovi and that was really fun, but we love the intimacy of sexy, sweaty dirty little rooms. And we have played so many of those. We’ve had
some great festival experiences to. Playing Hyde Park twice in 8 days for Hard Rock
Calling and then Wireless. And Secret Garden Party stands out. Selling out the Jaz
Café in London was really special since our first early gigs in the UK were all in
Camden. And then to return again and do the Electric Ballroom. Glasgow in Scotland
was one to remember. Again, too many to choose just one. It kind of feels like the
UK as a whole has been one long unforgettable gig in itself. We hope it never ends,
and that this incredible party is just getting started.”

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years time?
“Continuing to affect people through music. Troubland is growing every day, and our TroubleMaker community is shaping up to be something very special. It’s such a great group of people. We are a Tribe, and we can, and do, make a difference; be it socially, politically, spiritually, musically, culturally. Music is such a powerful force, and we love playing it more than anything else. So just to be able to play our brand of Primitive-Soul and have it affect people in the ways that it has is such a blessing. So in five years we’d like to be doing exactly what we are doing today, just on a larger scale.”

Finally, what’s your favourite cheese?

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By Lucee Clarke

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