1. Introduce us to your project!
It’s just me. It’s a solo project and I write, play and produce everything.
2. How did you start out?
I started doing stuff on my own when I found myself without a band or collaborator to work with in 2011. It kind of snowballed out of that situation of necessity and now I find I have about 5 other bands I play with alongside doing this. I’m on my 5th Scant Regard album now and I plan to keep going even while. I’m on tour playing with Adam Ant and The Selecter among others.
3. Describe your project’s sound.
It’s a mixup of heavy industrial beats and electronica with twangy Morricone style soundtrack guitar paraphernalia. Well, some of it is! I like to keep it branching out in different directions so there’s also a pop sensibility there and a load of New Wave type influences going on as well.
4. What influences your craft?
People who carry on doing things to their own ends and don’t try to fit in with anything. It doesn’t matter if it pays off financially sometimes as long as it pays off on a satisfactory level for yourself.
5. What makes your project different? Why should people listen to you?
I don’t know of anyone else doing this kind of thing on their own. I’m sure there’s people coming close to what I do but I like to think it’s varied enough to not cross over too much with anyone else’s music. That’s surely a good enough reason! And it’s very good and I have nice trousers.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Probably my cover of Kraftwerk’s The Model would be a good place to start. It encapsulates what I’m trying to do pretty well. It’s twangy and blippy in equal measures.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Probably the end of one of my previous bands Rachel Stamp. We had a lot to contend with failing record labels etc and we fought to the end. Having said that we still play live occasionally and sold out the Underworld in Camden last year. So maybe the struggle was worth it!
8. What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
With Rachel Stamp, we sold out the London Astoria (RIP) which was completely unheard of for an unsigned band. We were signed to WEA originally but didn’t get bigger until we lost that deal. We were very proud to have got there ourselves and it was a mega show.
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
I just put out the 5th album Skipping Over Damaged Area and I’m doing a few dates around that. Next is Los Angeles at the Redwood Bar on the 12th November and then in London at the Hope and Anchor on the 7th December. I also just released a covers EP (only available on my site scantregard.com and Bandcamp) It’s called BUTCHERIZATION and has my twisted versions of songs by The Church, Toni Basil, Frankie Valli, Edwin Starr and Danny Elfman. Check it out!
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As long as our music impacts people in some way and they have a good time at our shows, I’m happy. I love writing and performing songs in this band and if we can get our listeners to love it, too, then I’ll be totally satisfied.