Gaz Ryder has been drumming in the band Round in Circles for over ten years. You may have seen them play the very first Oatcake Day gig in August 2010. We sat Gaz down in the 10 questions chair to drum up some great answers.
- What got you into playing music? My dad is a massive Phil Collins fan and would watch videos of his concerts when I was young. It fascinated me when he played the drums and I thought it was cool. One day during my first year of high school my music teacher said that I could sign up to free drum lessons. My mum and dad thought it was a fad but at about the same time a friend told me to buy the an album called ‘All Killer No Filler’ by Sum 41. So I did and I was transfixed by it. Id never heard anything like it at the time. A few months later I had a drum kit for Christmas and I never looked back.
- Who was the first singer/band you saw live? I’ve seen so many bands I genuinely can’t remember. It would’ve 100% been someone at the Sugarmill. Bands that spring to mind would be Alfa 9 (a local psychedelic indie band), Blast Stereos Loud (I later played drums for them briefly) and I think the first ‘famous’ band I saw was Hell Is For Heroes.
- What was the first song that you bought?
The first CD I bought with my own money was Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler but I think the first single I brought was ‘What I Go To School For’ by Busted. I suppose we all have our moments. Although some of their songs are still guilty pleasures – just not that one.
- Who do you think is the best frontman/fromtwoman? Hands down, Dave Grohl! He’s surely the nicest person in Rock n Roll?! He’s an insanley talented drummer, vocalist, guitarist and song writer. He commands a crowd and has stage presence but it never comes across as arrogant. He seems such a humble and stand up dude.
- Where was the first gig you played?
My high school History teacher’s wedding at Keele Hall ha ha. It was ace having all the gossip for everyone at school the week after. It was just a high school covers band but we smashed it. My first gig with an originals band was with Saving Grace at the Sugarmill. At the time nobody ever really played there for their first gig but we somehow blagged it and it was ace. We were probably terrible but I loved every second. Back then it felt like the music scene was so strong and everybody knew everybody. Selling tickets was easy and everyone had a great time. Now people my age have families and jobs and it doesn’t feel the same but we still love playing and creating music.
- What is the best lyric you have ever heard?
This is such a hard question. As a drummer I tend to listen to the drum parts but I’m a sucker for a clever lyric. It doesn’t have to by anything to mystical or deep but something clever. I hate to use one of our own songs here but we have a track called ‘Cyber Stalker’ on our first album and the lyrics are laced with social media references such as “I aM SN-der of good grace” but sung as ‘I am a sender of good grace’ and another thats a little more obvious like ‘but you invade my space’. I love stuff like that. In a song off our upcoming album we have a song that name drops other bands in a really cool way: “If I blink, is it true, I wanna live until I’m one-eighty-two. Simple Sum, life goes on, don’t wonna croak when I’m only 41”. I just think those sorts of lyrics must be hard to write and make work in a coherent way. All Time Low are pretty good at that they have a song with the lyrics “Ive been played a fool, four three, too many times” in the first verse and then the second verse starts “Let me count the ways I six, seven, ate my words” It’s just so clever. If you want something with meaning then maybe Rage Against The Machine “What better place than here, what better time than now”. Seems a good mantra to live by.
- Who came up with the name Round in circles?
Our singer Andy but I think we all mutually agreed. We wantes something that was an everyday phrase but Andy and I have made music together for years and so it seemed really appropriate. Especially as there have been times where Luke and Andy have been in bands and I haven’t and vice versa. We joke that we’ve had more lineups and members than Toto over the years. Not always under the name Round In Circles.
- What song do you wish you had written?
Another tough question. Damn you’re good at this. I think as a genuine and musician and music lover its hard to pick just one. There are elements of loads of songs I wished I’d written, especially drum parts. I can’t even say I have a favourite song but maybe ‘Town Of Corazon’ by Strung Out or ‘Times Like These’ by the Foo Fighters.
- What venue would you like to perform?
I really like gigs at small and intimate venues. Whilst it’s every musicians dream to play big gigs like Glasto, Wembley or Madison Square Garden. I think I’d prefer a smaller venue where everyone can see without the need for big screens. Something like a theatre where the floor is slanted so people at the back can see and get involved but also outside at sunset. The amphitheatre where the Foo Fighters played in Greece would be perfect.
- What band would you like to support?
I’d say bands like Neck Deep, WSTR. State Champs because I dig their drummers. But they’re all relatively new. I’m not sure I could live with myself If I passed up an opportunity to support Blink-182 or Angels and Airwaves. I went through a period of time where I didn’t like Tom Delonge for ‘breaking up the family’ but I watched a documentary about him and it changed my perspective and now I think he’s brilliant and love Angels and Airwaves as well. Simple Plan also look like they would be amazing fun to tour with.
I bet you were looking for one word answers… sorry.
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