Buster Shuffle have just announced a UK headline tour, tickets are on sale now! They are even going to be playing the iconic 100 club venue in London!
I sat down with Jet from Buster Shuffle before the final night of tour in London, supporting The Interrupters on their UK 2020 tour.
• How did you guys become a band back in 2007?
Old mates who were all in different bands got together and started playing pubs in East London. We did that for a few years then decided that we were going to write some of our own music. We then recorded an album in the bedroom of our shared house and put it out under our own record label not expecting much from it but we actually got a lot of nice compliments and bits of press. Then we realised that we should continue with this.
• Why the band name Buster Shuffle?
We used to say, if we were going for a dance “bust a shuffle” like the saying “bust a groove” and that was our little thing. It stuck with us.
• Your last album “I’ll take what I want” came out in November 2017, are there any plans for a new album?
Yeah, we are writing right now and recording hopefully this autumn so fingers crossed new music will be coming out in 2021.
• Your last album was heavier and different from your previous ones, are we to expect something different from this one? How do you want your next album to sound?
Probably similar to the last one in that it’s a bit heavier. Experimenting a bit more with rythms, it won’t just be straight punk rock. Mixing it up a little bit with drums but same sort of vibe as the last one with energy.
• When you put out an album or step foot on stage, what are you trying to achieve as a band?
We just want to have a good laugh really and project nice energy. We aren’t really political even though we do sing about some political things and we aren’t anti-establishment we want to kind of have it. Tell our stories about mundane sh*t like getting the bus or having an argument with your girlfriend or walking your dog. On stage we just want to project a good energy so people know that we are having a bit of a laugh and not taking ourselves too seriously, although we are serious about the music. We want to play it well, do it well.
• Do you have a ritual or something that you have to do before every show?
Some people like having a few beers, I like a nap before a gig; a cup of tea and then like a band sort of hug and we say “go f**k yourself, have a good one” and then we go and rock.
• If you could do a collaboration with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d love to do something with some really old rock and rollers like Fats Domino. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, I don’t know whether it would be fun, Joe Strummer would have been great to work with.
Although I fear he turn around and go “That’s F**king Sh*t” and be really brutally honest and ruin my life.
• Can you give me any exclusive information that hasn’t been told about your band before?
We are all mad dog lovers but I think that is pretty evident from our Instagram stories. Terry our drummer used to be a professional magician so if you ever get hold of him ask him for a magic trick.
• Is there anything that you would like to tell your fans and our readers?
Buy all of our stuff and multiple copies of colored vinyl. I’m joking, just check us out, hopefully they enjoy it and if they do come down and support us at a live show because you have got to get behind the live music. It’s really important for all bands to keep the wheels turning. It’s a hard graft, it’s worth it but we need the support from fans and people who go to gigs regularly.
Interview done by Sarah Perry