Dr Stuart Will See You Now ๐Ÿฉ

If we are dancing on stage, wearing โ€œsuggestiveโ€ clothes, or even or lyrics, it’s not an open invitation to anyone when we leave the stage!

๐Ÿ’– What’s Dr Stuart about? How did you set up?

Bex – Dr. Stuart is just 4 mates who love to create music, whilst having a cuppa.

We want to share music people can relate to & we aim to provide a live show that people will remember.

We are just having fun & we want to share it!

Zak – Itโ€™s really a chance to follow something I enjoy most.

I’m grateful the band has given me the opportunity to release & perform music. I’m proud of us. The name was inspired by Dr. Stuartโ€™s herbal tea. โ˜•

๐Ÿ’– What inspires you to play music?

Bex – One thing that always inspires me is when we are playing live & the crowd are enjoying themselves.

My constant drive for creating music is because it’s me expressing any emotion/feelings I am experiencing, good or bad, & making it into something I enjoy, & that other people can enjoy.

I think it’s amazing that some of my worst experiences are now songs that I love playing!

George – I love just seeing people enjoy what we create. It inspires us all to keep making music & keep gigging.

It is such a good feeling to see what we create rub off well on other people.

Zak – Listening to & discovering any music that makes me move is always inspiring enough to keep me playing. My friends & family are very supportive so that’s my reason to make the most of it.

Iโ€™d like to one day find my own voice on guitar & hopefully inspire someone else to start playing too. 

Josh – Iโ€™m inspired by the thrill & enjoyment of writing & playing songs for people.

I keep making music because itโ€™s the way I express myself best & seeing other people genuinely enjoying the music we create is a fantastic feeling.

๐Ÿ’– Whatโ€™s your writing process?

Bex – We don’t have a set writing process. I don’t think any of our songs have been written in the same way.

Each song is different & comes from a different place, meaning we can’t use a set process to write each song. 

George – We kinda just mess around with stuff randomly, just mess about, explore new sounds & see what we can come up with.

Zak – Weโ€™ve come up with a lot of songs just by jamming & working with anything we like the sound of. 

Josh – Every time we write a song it comes together in a different way.

Sometimes we jam & mess around to see what sticks, & other times one of us comes up with an idea & the rest of us put our own parts to it.

๐Ÿ’– We have a lot of love for a good logo, what’s the design behind the Dr Stuart logo?

Bex – I initially came up with the idea of having a devil with the head mirror – however I am no good at drawing.

Stanley put his own spin on it & everyone loved it!

Zak – Talented graphic designer & friend of mine, Stanley Lucas, was kind enough to bring to life his own interpretation of the band name. 

๐Ÿ’– Who are your main influences in music/life?

George – I am heavily influenced by Travis Barker & his Blink-182 styles.

I really have incorporated his styles & techniques for creating music in my grooves & fills. I enjoy learning his grooves & patterns & exploring his grooves really makes you think creatively.

Zak – Iโ€™ve discovered a lot of my influences through my dadโ€™s awesome taste in music, others I’ve come across on the internet.

My playing is mostly influenced by rock bands that emerged through the 70โ€™s & 80โ€™s. For fun I like listening to pop music of that era, dance music or anything feel good.

I try not to look up to anyone specific but draw from the things that make each person great. 

Bex – I am heavily influenced by a band called The Pretty Reckless. I think Taylors vocals, lyrics & live performance are amazing, very powerful.

Recently I have been listening to a lot of Guns n Roses & Slash is a big influence to me.

Over lockdown my music taste has really expanded & given me a lot of inspiration to put into songwriting. 

Josh –  Personally, my aggressive playing style & music influence come from a lot of the old school thrash & progressive metal bands such as Megadeth.

My writing tends to incorporate more of the progressive style.

๐Ÿ’– Tell us about your aesthetic & how you came up with such a strong visual style.

Bex – Our aesthetic came from us trying to combine each of our styles into one. It’s something that will continue developing over time – we donโ€™t want to limit ourselves.

Our music & our style will grow & we are excited to see where we end up.

Nowadays people seem to feel like they have to fit into a certain aesthetic, & I really hate to see this, we werenโ€™t made to fit in boxes.

As a band we don’t have a set โ€˜aestheticโ€™, we wear things that we like & try not to feel pressured to fit into one set style.

Zak – I like wearing whatever I feel good in at the time, look as best I can. 

๐Ÿ’– Take it or Leave sounds like it comes from a pretty deep place, how much do you draw on your own experience to write songs?

Bex – I believe that if I relate & connect to a song I write then other people will be able to – I can only write what I know.

Take it or Leave is personal to me, & has a large reflection on how I was feeling in the time of writing it. 

๐Ÿ’– When you’re not doing band stuff what do you get up to?

Bex – Dr. Stuart never sleeps!

One of my hobbies is seam-stressing. I enjoy making my stage wear. It’s another form of personal expression.

George – If I’m not doing anything Dr. Stuart related I tend to drum for my own personal enjoyment.

I also enjoy just lazing about doing nothing; It’s quite fun.

Zak – I enjoy photographing things, being around my friends, researching guitars & music gear I don’t need. 

Josh – I tend to spend a lot of time making things & tinkering with all my tech – which I then enjoy fixing when I inevitably break it.

๐Ÿ’– What does feminism mean to you? / What 1 thing could everyone be doing to make the scene a better place?

Bex – As a female fronted band we are trying to help raise awareness of all women in music.

I feel one thing that needs to be noticed is sexualising female musicians. If we are dancing on stage, wearing โ€œsuggestiveโ€ clothes, or even our lyrics – it’s not an open invitation to anyone when we leave the stage!

๐Ÿ’– How has lockdown affected your creativity & coming up with new ways of writing?

Bex – Lockdown has been quite hard for us. We went from living together, practicing & writing everyday to not seeing each other.

We have been writing individually & sharing ideas with each other. However, I think for us it will be a case of when we can meet up again we will work on everything together & complete all the song ideas we have. 

George – It’s been hard not having the equipment we had before lockdown, but we are finding ways around it to continue exploring new music ideas.

Zak – It’s helped me realise I need to be putting a lot more time in practicing, catching myself discouraged a lot more often with all the time to reflect. 

Josh – It has definitely been an interesting challenge.

To start with there was quite a hit to creativity because we were used to all being together & writing together. But as lockdown has progressed weโ€™ve got more used to it & personally Iโ€™ve settled into writing music again.

๐Ÿ’– Tell us about your next release – what’s the feeling to it/what’s it about?

Bex – Our next single is different. It’s something we all love, & one of all of our favourite songs to play live!

The song has two messages behind, which the music video will reveal. 

Josh – Canโ€™t say too much yet, other than it will be a banger.

๐Ÿ’– What’s next for you guys?

George – We hope to just continue to release music to those who follow us & try to increase our fan base.

We have our singles music video โ€œTake it or Leaveโ€ on Youtube!

We want to continue to be creative & share it with everyone. The single is also on all streaming platforms.

๐Ÿ’– What is your favourite thing about being in a band/making music?

Bex – It’s fun, there’s nothing else I would rather do!

I get to share the most personal thing to me & people can enjoy it. I love that we can share all our individual tastes of music & create something we all love & want to share!

George – Nothing beats being in such an enjoyable band with your friends. It’s really all I ever want to do!

I completely forget about any stresses in my life when creating & sharing music.

Zak – I love being behind a guitar making noise, performing is always good fun.

I like seeing the process of developing a song from scratch to getting into the studio with it. Iโ€™m lucky I get to play with such creative people who are just as passionate for putting on a good show. 

Josh – Just enjoying creating & playing music with people who love it as much as I do.

๐Ÿ’– Dates for any upcoming shows/livestreams/releases etc? 

Bex – We have a headline show at the Boileroom on October the 27th, itโ€™s our postponed single release.

๐Ÿ’– Links to any social media ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course! Here is our Instagram, Facebook, Youtube & Spotify!

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