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Snapshot Interview with

DAVE BETTS

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THE RAMONA FLOWERS

By Dave Bruce

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How did you first get into music?

My dad is a singer songwriter, my mum a classically trained singer and guitarist. My eldest sister is a piano and vocal tutor, my other sister sings and composes, it was the obvious choice i guess.

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How did your career first begin?

Aged 12 on the back of an open sided lorry playing Indie covers whilst being driven round town for the local Carnival.

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I read you guys met at a costume party?

Myself and Steve first bumped into each at a fancy dress party, both dressed in equally horrific outfits, and both on the worse side of being too drunk. Most of which is true , partially.

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The name The Ramona Flowers I have to assume was inspired by the movie ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’. Why Ramona?

We’d been struggling for a band name for some time, and after all watching and enjoying the film the name just seemed to grab us. She’s super cool, stylish, unique and from no lack of trying, we couldn’t think of anything better.

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How do you find the balance between your everyday life and your musical one?

It’s definitely a juggling act but one that I enjoy. I’m fortunate enough to work in a Bar with my friends so I get to surround myself with music that I want to listen to on a daily basis. It gives me the opportunity to discover new bands and also allows me thinking time to come up with new song ideas whilst I’m away from the band.

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You’ve just released ‘Strangers’. How did you feel about the release?

Very excited that is has finally been released and looking forward to what the general public and our fans think of it. I think it’s the best most cohesive body of work we’ve done to date.

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How do you feel this album fits in relation to the first two albums? Do you find it more as an extension of your work or does it have its own separate entity?

I think it encapsulates everything we were trying to achieve with the first two. They were both rough around the edges, the sound of a band slowly discovering itself. I feel as though this album is more refined but sits perfectly as a third instalment.

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You guys had a massive 2017 playing some really impressive shows, including Glastonbury! How was the experience of playing one of the worlds biggest and arguably best festivals?

It’s the second time we’ve played it and it’s always an amazing experience. There’s no other festival like it in the world and hopefully we’ll be back again for another show next year.

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Where do you envision yourself to be in your music career 12 months from now?

We’ve just begun writing another album so we’ll probably be back in the studio putting the finishes touches on that. When we’re not writing we’re recording or touring. It’s important to keep busy.

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Do you have any plans for 2018 re touring Australia?

We’re heading over to Oz around September time later this year and playing a couple of shows (still to be announced/ watch this space).

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If you could pick absolutely anyone to bring on tour with you, who would you pick? (Dead or Alive)

Andre the Giant. He’d be great at load ins!

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Are there any venues or locations you aspire to play in the future? Any major goals or milestones?

An evening slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury would be a pretty special.

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How do you see your sound progressing in the future? Who are your inspirations?

I think for the next  album we’re going to be writing more stuff outside of the box/away from the computer). You can’t beat the feeling of just getting in a room and jamming some music out.  At the moment I’m listening to a lot of stuff –  Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The new Killers album, Thundercat etc.

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What kind of music did you grow up on?

Soul, folk, rock, blues. A bit of James Taylor, some James Brown, Nina Simone, AC/DC etc

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If someone had never listened to The Ramona Flowers before, what song of yours would you recommend them?

Probably either Out of Focus or Lust and Lies.

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Do you find there is a fan favourite of all your songs, if so which song is it. And do you see this favorite changing with the release of Strangers?

‘Tokyo’ tends to go down a storm at Live shows as it’s a moment during the set where we all get to go a bit crazy. ‘Dramatist’ from the latest album could definitely be the next contender but you’d have to come to a gig to decide for yourself.

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AMNPLIFY – DB

My nickname is “The Amnplifier”. Why? Because around here my focus is on being a conduit for providing greater outcomes that people come here for. My day to day “work” is living in the moment, and I love helping others concentrate on finding their connection to themselves through their experiences.

Why start a music environment? The truth is I love music, I love writing, and I love life. I work with musicians every day, and I feel certain that I will be until they put me in the ground. I have been managing people in businesses of some sort for over thirty five years so along the way I have developed some “wisdom” from my regular and constant “observations”.

Amnplify your experience. That is what we want you to do here, and if you want to let me know why you do, or don’t, shoot me a message on Facebook.

Hope you enjoy yourself here and find something that hits you somewhere.