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GET TO KNOW: Dude Safari
Following on from a string of much-loved singles so far this year, which have seen praise from the likes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Total Rock and many more, UK-based trio Dude Safari return with their latest blistering cut 'Big Worse'.
Channelling the same bold and euphoric direction of acts like Weezer and Dinosaur Pile-Up, 'Big Worse' sees them return in stellar style. Jam-packed with anthemic riffs, soaring hooks, and a catchy persona throughout, we can't wait to see where their journey takes them.
So with the new single out now, we joined them for a quick chat to find out more about their origins and inspirations over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Jamie - Guitar really badly, still really badly.
Ben - The guitar. It’s the only instrument I ever truly wanted to play. My parents bought me an Epiphone Les Paul when I was a teenager and I learnt how to play a power chord and that was it.
Fred - My grandmother’s organ
What was the first album you remember owning?
Jamie - I think it was Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory? Or Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish. Whichever one came first.
Ben - Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory. I got it as a present for Christmas and it changed my life.
Fred - “Jesus Freak" by DC Talk
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Jamie - Ha, yeah. I was young, dumb and not ready to be in a band. It sounded like Deftones mixed with Reuben.
Ben - Me and a few of my closest friends formed a band in our teens. It was awful, we played music that at best sounded like a poor man's ACDC tribute band. We eventually named it Superbeer. It didn’t go well...
Fred - My friends and I tried to form a band but couldn’t agree on who would play what instrument and when we did play together it wasn’t very good.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Jamie - In Bloom - Nirvana
Ben - Supersonic - Oasis.
Fred - “11:11" by Dinosaur Pileup
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Jamie - Getting our mixes back from Jake Day. It’s like asking for something for Christmas & actually getting it. Christmas Day.
Ben - There are so many amazing things about creating music, but the best thing is knowing that people are connecting with it and enjoying it.
Fred - Knowing that when you start creating a song, it’s going to sound completely different when it’s finished.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Jamie - Decisions. Like some tracks are still wide open. There's an outro or middle 8 that I’m just not going to rush. “Big Worse” is actually one of the new songs we wrote.
It leapfrogged like five others. Just because it was done.
Ben - There is always something that I want to change about it.
Fred - doing so many takes to get the smallest part right.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Jamie - I think i speak for all of us when I say Dinosaur Pile-Up or Weezer. Although anyone at the moment.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Jamie - I hope people on the scene know who we are. We have a small label behind us & we’re working on our second album.
Maybe talk of a Europe or US support tour. That's the plan.
Ben - Post pandemic. Playing gigs all the time and having the best time of my life. All I want to do is get out there and start showing the world Dude Safari.
Fred - Touring the U.S
Dude Safari's new single 'Big Worse' is available to stream now. Check out the official video for it below.