LT-MU are proud to introduce one half of the band Missing Citizen. Having recently been signed, Missing Citizen are set for UK domination in 2013 with their debut album from Coffee Jingle Records. We had a chat with a very busy Daniel Bateman (vocals) and Andy Glazebrook (Guitarist)… Who are Missing Citizen? Daniel: Missing Citizen are just four guys that walked away from the wreckage of other bands. We all shared a common purpose and value in music, got together and created a sound that we all liked. It’s a sound that we’ve built on and developed and have continued to like to this day. The band had a break a while ago. Do you think this was something needed to continue the passion? Andy: The passion has always been there, it has just been a little misguided in the past. I think when we got back together we were all a little older and wiser and had a clearer idea of what we wanted to get out of being in a band. Like most bands first time round, we were seduced by the idea of being a famous rock band and the possibility of earning a living from making music! This time round we are more realistic. You’ve been together for quite a while but you’ve only just been signed, was this the first offer or have you waited to find the right label? Andy: There is always a feeling as a band that someone will be out to exploit you so we have always been very cautious when people start offering to help you out of the blue. In the past we have avoided people offering to produce songs for us and joining management groups, but when Martin Wake from Coffee Jingle Records contacted us and talked to us about his plans it seemed like a great thing to be involved in. Daniel, you also sell your own artwork, does your art inspire your lyrics and vice versa? Daniel: My artwork is something that is all mine. It’s where I can express myself without the use of words and melody. When they say a picture paints a thousand words, they’re not
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wrong. I find that if I am not creative I become stagnant and bored. My art is done more out of need rather than choice and it also covers areas of my life that are perhaps too personal, too raw and too singularly about me, to work on a commercial level with the band. Having said that, the lyrics that I write for the band are pretty close to the bone. It’s like two sides of the coin, there is the singer/songwriter side - the wordsmith, and there is the visual artistic side. Everything I do is autobiographical, the fact that people like and buy my art is an absolute bonus but the paintings are not aimed at a market place. It’s much the same with the songs, somebody liking a song is a plus but playing those songs satisfies us whether there is a crowd or not. How do you juggle being in a band and maintaining all your other commitments? Andy: It can be hard, and from time to time we have missed out on a few gigs but the boring answer is we are very organised and dedicated. Lots of emails and meetings so that we are all on the same page about what we can do. Not very Rock and Roll but if you are going to be in a band and deal with life getting in the way you have to be organised. We love making music and we do our best to make time for it as I think we all want to get as much out of this as possible. If you could give the ‘younger’ Missing Citizen any advice what would it be? Andy: Just enjoy it. We said no to a lot of gigs in the past because we set our standards high on where we wanted to play and as a consequence we did not gig enough last time. Now I can see the value to playing a small gig at a pub as you can meet people and get a really genuine response, (good or bad) that will help you get better as a band. Just say yes to opportunities and eventually you will end up doing the gigs
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