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An Interview with 'Vern Asbury'


Who are the band members and what do they play?

As a solo artist, it's just me (Vern Asbury), but on this record Sam Bourne plays bass, synth and some guitar and some drum programming.


How and where did you get together?

We've been collaborating in different guises for some time now, having initially met in Brighton about 10 years ago.


What are the band's main influences?

Post Malone, Lewis Capaldi, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Steely Dan.


Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?

I've played a live session on BBC Radio and also on Juice FM.


Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?

I've played as a session guitarist on many notable cuts for artists, such as Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi and You Deserve Better by James Arthur.


Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?

“Vern is something special, he brings that little bit extra to every track we work on together!” - Froe Barnes (TMS Productions).


Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?

It was recorded in my home studio setup. I produced the track with co-production from Sam Bourne and Froe Barnes (TMS Productions).


Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?

I wanted to create a bitter sweet love song and break away from my comfort zone of pop rock.


Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.

The song is about having an acceptance for second hand love.


Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.

I played the guitar solo behind my head, naked, smothered in lard.


Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.

"An exceptional musician" - Max Rafferty - The Kooks.

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