Interview - Mojo Dingo

Mojo Dingo are a modern Blues Funk band. Gerrard Allman (vocals/ guitar) William Burke (Guitar) Stephen McInerney (bass) Peter Kershaw (drums) deliver a fresh, dynamic & authentic blues sound blended with upbeat funk which has become their signature.

- Hi guys and welcome to this interview.  How would you describe your sound?
We usually like to describe it as “funky-blues’ music, certainly derivative of the modern blues rock sound like you’d hear from Josh Smith or Bonamassa. we’re not trying to be a porch blues band playing the usual standards, we like to improvise and mix things up and we think that really comes out in the Album.

- What do you write about?
We consider ourselves all working class so most of our songs reflet day to day things like working long hours while balancing time to enjoy with family and friends. “working man blues” with a bit of fun.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
We all enjoy the modern blues rock sounds such as Joe Bonamassa, Eric Steckel, Josh Smith, Chris Cain as well as the more traditional blues. Outside of that we all have very different backgrounds musically. Ged is influenced by the likes of Matt Schofeild, Chris Cain and other US modern blues artists. Peter for example loves his classic rock and 80’s/90’s alternative artists. Bill is a jazz enthusiast you enjoys the likes of Myles Davis, John Coltrane & Kurt Rosenwinkel. Steve enjoys punk, funk & soul.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
We just played the feature event at the Port Noarlunga Blues Festival to a sold out crowd and it was one of the first times since before Covid 19 that crowds were allowed up to dance. It was such a great atmosphere, the crowd were brilliant, we played a tight set and the audience response lifted us along. Id doesn’t get much better than seeing a sold out crowd dancing and enjoying themselves to our music and a year of seated shows due to the restrictions.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in the studio or on stage
Bill and Ged arriving hungover to the first day in the studio was hilarious, not great planning but they recovered well and four days later we had an album

- Your favourite albums?
Jeff Healey – A Mess Of Blues
Kirk Fletcher – Hold On
Eric Steckel – Grandview Drive
Myles Davis – Kind of Blue
Jeff Buckley - Grace
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More From The Road

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Pharoah Sanders
Walter Trout
Marcus Miller
Robert Plant

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
Cold beers and someone to carry our gear around

- What are your plans for the next future?
We are heading back into the studio for Album #2 in 2022 and targeting some exciting bigger festivals moving ahead. Our goal is to travel the world playing our music.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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