Louis Antoniou will be releasing his self titled EP at Jamcafe next Friday 6th March with his band “The Blue Jay Ways” with support from Jasmin Issaka, Tom Mc Cartney and Cibele – we hope you can all make it!
Who are you listening at the moment?
– I’m listening to probably more old than new stuff. I’m really into Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Louisianna Red stuff like that. But I also listen to Seasick Steve, Black Keys, Jack White. I also like the stuff coming out of camp Hozier.
If you could play with any other band or musician who would it be?
– I’d love to play live with Arctic Monkeys, their gigs are so intense. But then gigging with Seasick Steve sounds sweet.
What’s new with you?
– I have an EP finally out. Recorded back in September in Southampton and we needed drums on it for ages. December rolled round and finally got a man on sticks who busted out some fills and stuff and its all been mastered and now its gonna hit people hard. Other than that been gigging and mixing with the talented folks of Notts.
Who should we listen to locally?
– Jasmin Issaka has a graceful voice, very jazzy and powerful. And her man Joe Barber isn’t to shabby either. He’s a blues man, Nottingham’s got a lot of upcoming blues artist, what does that tell you.
Favourite gig to date?
– My girlfriend took me to see Jamie T for my birthday. Awesome crowd, nostalgic too in some ways and he was incredible. She’s a good girl.
What’s the worst/best or most unusual thing to happen to you at or on the way to a gig?
– I performed at Tilt in Jan and half-way through my second set my university lecturer walked in with a blonde slice. He’s a known lothario too which was pretty amusing, but he is actually a sound man.
What book are you reading/did you last read?
– I read Morrisey which was engaging and insightful in many ways. I read Jon Ronsons ‘The Psychopath test,’ which was kinda frightening. But just as frightening, I’m currently reading ‘How Britain got hooked on drugs,’ which opens your eyes up, pardon the pun.
What did you/do you want to be when you grow up?
– Of course a musician. But my musical taste developed over time. At one point I wanted to be the next Alex turner, now its to be a blues revelation.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave you it?
– Kimberley Winter gave me a sound piece of advice and it was so simple but yet so motivating. Just about persevering. You know you need to keep gigging etc but when you hear it from someone like Kimberley it pushes you to make every gig matter.
You can hear more of Louis’ work here:
See Louis and the Blue Jay Ways launch his EP this Friday at Jamcafe!