The inspirations of Octane OK from Britrock to busting out solos and, of course, Zeppelin!
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Watch the video above to see the band in session and read below for a list of what inspires the band according to guitarist Mikey Rainsford.
"I think this is a huge influence on us and our music, whether we want it to be or not! From obviously the greats such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queen. Then on to bands like Ocean Colour Scene, Oasis, Feeder. And finally the bands flying the flag for Britain right now, You Me At Six, Lostprophets, Twin Atlantic etc. They have all done such great things for the British rock scene and we certainly wouldn't be a band without them."
A Love For Music
"This might seem an obvious one, but it is so important. It's the reason we started this band, and the reason we strive to be as good as we can be. We all caught the bug in our various different ways, teaching ourselves how to play, being surrounded by music and bands as we grew up, watching our favourite bands play to thousands of people. Once you're in, you're hooked. And I think that is something every band should always remember. Never forget why you started in the first place."
"I think all of our families definitely influenced us when it comes to our taste in music. My Dad was always into rock and would show me his record collection filled with Zeppelin, Sabbath, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and tons more. So I was tuned in from an early age! Also I know that when Tom [Weston, drums] was growing up his brother was in bands and playing music, so I'm sure the idea was in his head from an early age too! I think the influence of your family is undeniable, which is why in many years if I have a son he'll have a guitar round his neck as soon as he can stand!"
"Any band will tell you that it is tough at times, making no money and spending a lot! But the D.I.Y. way is the only way these days. Bands like Enter Shikari have proved it works, selling out the London Astoria as an unsigned band. Yes it is tough, but it's extremely rewarding and satisfying, knowing you're creating a buzz and gaining genuine fans of your music purely through hard work and determination. I'm glad I started off playing the almost empty pubs and church halls, those horrible, awkward gigs when there are more people on stage than there are watching. It means we as a band can appreciate every little good thing that we earn. I'd much rather do it the long, hard and credible way than just go on some bullshit TV talent show and get handed a record contract on a silver platter. Hopefully Octane OK can strive on and then we can look back and say that we've earned it."
"Again, this one seems obvious, and a bit silly, but we think it's vital. I remember my grandad saying, 'if you're not enjoying what you're doing, get the hell out of there'. And it's so true, you only live once, what's the point in wasting your life doing something you don't enjoy. We think being in a band is the most fun we can have! Travelling the world with your mates, playing music to people every night. It doesn't get much better, and I think we always have to remember that."
"The news is always filled with terrible things happening all around the world, and negativity and tragedy has affected us all in some way a some point. But I just love how music is immune to all that. We just released our debut EP 'So Alive' and i think it's incredible that this part of our lives and all the work that went into it has been completely captured in that EP. Whatever happens now, it will be around forever, long after we've all gone. And the reaction from fans has been incredible. All the tough things people face every day, and people have told us how our music helps them through and comforts them. It's a great feeling. Music is an escape for so many people, and I think that's one of the main things that makes music so awesome. It's definitely an inspiration."
Rock And Roll!
"How can seeing genuine rock gods stand in front of thousands of people, busting out a crazy guitar solo not inspire you!? It's just badass. Absolutely everyone at some point in their life has thought, 'man it would be cool to be a rock star'. Everyone has played air guitar, everyone has sung along to a Queen song. Rock influences everyone!"