Quick Questions With Big River

Big River are a U.K. based Blues Rock band from London. They have all the groove & swagger of the great 70’s Rock Bands and hit real hard, with heavy riffs, sheer power and melodic hooks.

They make music because they love music, passionate about what they do and really put their heart and soul into recordings and live shows.

Quick Questions With Big River

Quick Questions

Answered by Damo Fawsett – Guitar / Ant Wellman – Bass, of Big River.

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Damo – it was seeing programmes on tv like The Old Grey Whistle Test & early MTV video’s, I remember catching sight of Eddie Van Halen when I was about 10 on MTV & thinking to myself “Oh yes! That’s what I want to do”, then as I got more into guitar I became totally immersed in Clapton & Kossoff.

Ant – My Dad was a jazz swing singer / entertainer and used to take me along to his gigs when I was a nipper and for as long as I can remember I’ve always loved the sound of a live band, and have always wanted to play in one since then, really.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Damo – My Joyo Ironman delay pedal, I always use a short 1.5ms delay to make a lead guitar sound big during solos, it makes all the difference.

Ant – To be honest as long as I am playing one of my own basses I’m happy really. I played in Germany last year and the promoter wouldn’t pay for us to take our own gear so had to use the support bands stuff, obviously didn’t have a clue what I would be using and only had the linecheck just as we were going on to get used to it, after a couple of numbers I was away…

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Damo – Thunder, Please Remain Seated.  I’ve always loved this band right from their very first album, top songwriters, great players and always a great live act, also from my neck of the woods in the U.K. too, my band Big River remind me of Thunder, I guess over 20 years of listening to them would influence my playing / writing.

Ant – New releases of 2019 so far? I guess not including reissues / anniversary re releases etc I would have to say “Resistance” by IQ, Rosalie Cunningham’s solo debut and Mostly Autumn’s “White Rainbow”. Most of the stuff I buy are older albums, so many great ones out there!

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Damo – I was very lucky to have a few lessons from Alan Murphy (Go West / Level 42) who gave me amazing guidance in my early playing years that no amount of money could buy, I was in the right place / right time.  Out of all the top players who’ve ever lived, I would love to have a few extra hours with Alan.

Ant –  I guess it would be great to have Jaco Pastorius or Marcus Miller, but they are musically leagues above myself and I would probably feel a bit overwhelmed.. so I would pick jazz / blues maestro Colin Hodgkinson from Back Door, a monster player totally unique and original and should have a much higher profile… although again leagues above myself musically had the pleasure of meeting him very briefly on a couple of occasions and was a really down to earth guy..

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Damo – Enjoy it, study your instrument & make it a part of you, play it every day & never stop learning.  Put your heart and soul into every note, that will set you apart from other players.

Ant – Do it because you love and enjoy it before anything else!


Our debut album “Redemption” is out now on all platforms and on CD with bonus track.

Big River will be on tour in the U.K. in the Spring of 2020.

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