Bad Scooter Sugalips and Biggestbossfan

“The End of Love is a desperately sad song about the ending of relationships. So many times we say things we don’t mean and they hurt the people we love the most. It’s about how plans that you had never came to fruition and hurtful words are said too quickly and can’t be “unsaid”. It’s not autobiographical, but rather an observation of society around me.” – @biggestbossfan

Live Interview on June 2 6:20 pm et
Episode #329 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/06/02/episode-329-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW CRAIG GREEN FROM BAD SCOOTER
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

My parents bought me my first guitar…
and got me going to lessons. My older brother came back from school one day and I listen to the records and I thought “this is cool – I’d like to do that.” So after a long time, finally got to do the recordings and pay to get them released. Been a long time coming.


The End of Love…
is a desperately sad song about the ending of relationships. So many times we say things we don’t mean and they hurt the people we love the most. It’s about how plans that you had never came to fruition and hurtful words are said too quickly and can’t be “unsaid”. It’s not autobiographical, but rather an observation of society around me.

This is a tune that I’ve had in my head for 15 years. I was looking for inspiration for a new chord sequence and a change from the political commentary I’d been writing. So I dusted off the tune, wrote a whole new set of words and had it done and dusted in 15 minutes.

When I first played the song for the band, they said it was too sad. I thought it was a winner. They said I should go for counseling because the song was so sad. I went into the studio and recorded the acoustic guitar and vocals with a synthesized drum track. Played that for the band. They said it was too slow- we play rock n’ roll they said. So I laid down a bass track and synthesizer and played it for them again. They still didn’t like it. Eventually got to overlay a decent piano and keyboard layer and electric guitar. The Band was amazed. Now they’re quite keen to play it in gigs as often as we can. I guess that I had trouble getting them to understand what I heard in my head for the finished song!

Support the Artist purchase the song: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/the-end-of-love-single/id1106111600

I’ve been trying to get the music recorded for years…
but didn’t have a band. So it’s especially significant that I’ve been able to get a few songs down and start the process. There will eventually be an album – probably a collection of singles. Some of the songs are political commentary and the hope is that people will listen and cut through the media garbage that they hear every day and understand what is going on around them. The idea at the moment is to get sufficient traction via social media, online streaming services, purchasing sites and so on to actually make some money.

Bad Scooter

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa…
The music scene is really complex. Very different genres and audiences. Most music venues are “destination venues”. So people will go there to see a specific band. So it’s a “bring your own audience” scene, which makes life quite difficult. Also the lack of public transport means that “walk-ins” to gigs are almost non-existent. Lots to see and do in Johannesburg. A hard working, hard partying city.

I have a passion for Scotch whisky and like to collect and taste various single malt brands. Sugalips, the harp player and Greg on drums share this passion.

The music industry…
doesn’t necessarily reward hard work and talent anymore. The “instant” stars created by reality TV get most of the attention. So coming up the “good old way” seems harder than ever now.
What pros and cons have you experienced? Particularly in South Africa, the “Boys upstairs” decide what to play. (Think Tom Petty – “The Last DJ”). So to get your song on a playlist is almost impossible, particularly for an unsigned band. Some venues won’t even give an Indie band a look in.

Overcoming the hurdles and pitfalls…
Fortunately, there are some independent stations who will at least listen to the songs. So Bad Scooter has had two number one singles on these charts. But they are niche stations and have small audiences.

Social media…
is an immediate tool. Also great way to meet like-minded people and interact.

The Challenges are…
Time zone issues. When I’m tweeting, some parts of the world are sleeping.

Singles vs an album…
Singles are easier to release and therefore quicker to market. To do an album without a theme running through it seems to be a bit of a waste and to get the theme working might take some time. So at the moment, to keep up the awareness of the band, we release singles. Might compile them into an album later and just call it “The Singles”.

The marketing strategy…
isn’t really an issue but more a “best use of time issue”. To get the band together -we all have full time jobs – and into the studio, pay the studio time, pay the engineer, pay for the mix and master, it’s just more cost effective to get the singles out there and keep the band name top of mind.

I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
Bruce Springsteen. This guy redefined Rock ‘n Roll. When I first heard his music I knew that I’d found what I’m looking for. And his redefining of what you could write about has certainly influenced “The End of Love”. It’s a hard luck story as opposed to a “boy meets girl and lives happily ever after story”. Springsteen changed the scene when he wrote “The River” and opened up music for real life stories about real people losing jobs, losing their homes, but not necessarily losing hope.

There is way too much emphasis placed on…
being current and trendy. I’m not sure why a trendy song is necessarily better than a classic type of song. I think we need to be true to who we are. Am I trendy? Hell no. But people come to our gigs, listen to our music, dance laugh and cry and go away after having a damn good time.

I am most afraid of…
only having one good song in me.

My personal definition of success is…
having songs that people will pay to listen to. Leaving a musical legacy I suppose.

A great success for me was…
Writing “The End of Love” and getting the mix right I suppose.

My overall goal for my life & career is…
get that album released and some regular sales.

3 Ways that I challenge myself…

1) Try to write a new song every week. Doesn’t always work. But it gives me a series of chord sequences, fragments of tunes and pieces of stories that eventually become songs.

2) getting the band to buy into original work, and getting a balance between covers that audiences want to hear and original tunes.

3) Getting the gig set list to be over 50% original work. This will be a huge leap forward.

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