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5 minutes with Missing Andy

"Staying true to who we are and what we are as a band"

Today we are privileged to have Missing Andy in the interview room with us, hello lads how are we all doing?

Fantastic. Keeping busy, plenty of interviews with radios, rehearsing for this weekends gig with Madness, loadsa stuff!

I would like to start off by thanking you for spending some time with us answering questions, I'm sure our readers can learn alot from the experiences you have had so far in your careers.

We'll start off by letting you introduce yourselves for those readers who may not of come across your music as yet.

We're a band based in Essex called Missing Andy

So, Where did it all begin? How did you come across each other and form the band?

I moved to Essex from London a few years ago and met the guys who wanted me to open up for their old band beat boxing and rapping, they started a new band and asked if I'd be interested, to which of course I said yes, nearly 4 years later here we are.

Already you have got some great credit to your name, you have performed alongside some of the most recognised names in the industry, which would you say has been your best moment so far?

Well I would definitely say our gig with Madness this weekend will be our best moment so far!

Your currently touring around the UK performing, how has it been spending so much time with each other?

Well we all live with each other anyway so it's no different really, but we haven't killed each other yet!

Your single "Made in England" is a great track, the lyrics are very true and people can relate, how did made in England come about?

Steve had written that great hooky chorus that made me think what I was all about as a person, what made me who I am, so I started writing about it. It ended up being one of those songs that applies to everybody regardless of age, gender, religion or race. It's a song about what makes people who they are.

You also appeared on must be the music, a sky 1 production which I'm sure really helped your bands promotion, how much of an effect do you think this programme had on you as a band? Do you advise other budding musicians to take part in such programmes?

You've kinda gotta make your own decisions as an artist I think. For us it was a case of building a fan base but we didn't anticipate the backlash from the show. People see talent show style tv shows and think x factor, so people do tarnish you with that brush but to be honest we went through the whole show staying true to who we are and what we are as a band. Anyone who thinks otherwise can f**k off.

Out of the band who is:

The funniest - I've realised Elliot is after watching back a lot of footage
The smartest - Dave
The worst dresser - Rob
The trouble maker - Rob
The Ladies man - Rob
The Laziest - Rob

What is the next step for Missing Andy? You've had a taste of whats to come, so whats the next goal?

We have an album coming out later this year called Generation Silenced. It's gonna be f*****g epic. Look out for it. Seriously. Best album for 15-20 years. We got a few singles on iTunes out including new one Kings For The Weekend, great summer track.

If people want to find out more or get in touch, where can they go to do so?

And finally, if you had to give one line of advice to someone wanting to take the plunge into the industry, what would it be?

Don't listen to c***s in offices and suits

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