Gaining the most amount of votes out of every single band that applied for the Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition is no easy feat, but Telford/Chester based pop-rock act Hill Valley High managed to pull it off with flying colours this year, and therefore gained an instant pass as the first winners of 2011. We thought we’d have a little talk about how it all went for them, and how they’re looking forward to the future:
Zach: So guys, how does it feel to be one of the eight winners from this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam contest?
HVH: It feels amazing. A lot of hard work went into the competition, and our fans were fantastic staying up all night and stuff, so dedicated. So overall we’re totally stoked and shocked. We still can’t believe it.
Zach: Did you ever expect that you’d ever win it when you first entered into the contest?
HVH: Not at all, we entered it with a “maybe we can get this” attitude. But when things started kicking off and we saw the fanbase increase, we changed the mental attitude to “oh my god, we can do this”.
Zach: How did you find recording and shooting your performance live from your bedroom?
HVH: It was a strange experience and very hot and cramped, but at the same time amazing. It’s funny, you start off in your bedroom hoping to play festivals, and to achieve it you have to get back in your bedroom. Haha.
Zach: You’ve already performed at Download Festival, the first festival you’ll be performing at from winning the competition, how did you find your set went there?
HVH: It was absolutely insane. It felt like a dream and not real. I remember being at college seeing my mates going to Download, but I never thought we’d play it. We had pretty much a full tent and it wasn’t even raining, and a really positive review from Rock Sound, so it seems we went down well. Also, being refered to as “old You Me At Six meets new Saves The Day“, that seems like acceptance to Download, which for a pop group like us is fab.
Zach: How did it compare performing at such a prestigious festival like that as opposed to your usual sized gigs?
HVH: It felt crazy, and it was lovely to have a big stage. Compared to the Academy 3 stages, it was like a playground for lots of mic swinging on my part.
Zach: Have you managed to meet or have you made friends with any other winners from this year’s RBBJ contest?
HVH: You know what? Every single band is awesome, some of the nicest dudes. We already knew Page 44 so it was nice to have friends prior to it, but as I said everyone is fab. Me and b>Shaun from ACODA like to rap battle, that’s love.
Zach: You’ve got a bunch more festival appearances coming your way this year, including Sonisphere and Hevy, which festival are you looking forward to performing at the most?
HVH: Yeah, I know, so many amazing artists and bands along with the dates. I know T In The Park is a favourite, and to share two line-ups with You Me At Six and All Time Low will be pretty special, so T In The Park and Sonisphere are my personal faves. But again, a lot of fans are coming to all, so I’m sure each will be as amazing.
Zach: Why should people heading to any of the other festivals your performing at stop by and check out your set?
HVH: Well, we’re pop but we rock, so come and check catchy hooks with a boy band feel and lose it, haha.
Zach: You guys are from the Telford/Chester area of the UK, how would you describe your local music scene?
HVH: The local music scene around Chester is very muso, so nothing like big academy shows just very ‘jazz bar’ all the time, but they have Chester Rocks this year which McFly are at so that’s a change. We also played with Tinie Tempah at the Race Course. Telford on the other hand is very poor but there’s some cool acts. Envy Of The State who are chums of ours are from Telford, and they shared the Red Bull tent with us at Download. Apart from that, old man pubs is as hip as it gets.
Zach: Where does the band’s name derive from exactly?
HVH: Well, I’m a huge fan of 80’s movies, and Back To The Future is my all time favourite, so It comes from the name of the school in that movie. It was the time of McFly and all that, so we just went with it and it stuck.
Zach: Is there any news you can share with us on a new EP or album in the near future?
HVH: We are writing what we refer to as “chongers”; massive pop rock hits that if after a week you can’t remember it, throw it and make it memorable. We’re demoing a lot of new “chongers” now, and it’s all sounding fantastic and passing the one week test. So hopefully, back in the studio with Mr. Larry Hibbit (Hundred Reasons) to get to the work on the album. He’s a great producer and produced our track for the Red Bull Bedroom Jam (‘Sweet Talking Melodies’) which had it’s debut on Radio 1 with P Carter a few weeks back, so he’s the dude for the job.
Zach: Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add or share with our readers?
HVH: We now have a .com, so head over to our website and you can get us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even MySpace through that one beautful site. Also, check us out on Atticus Black, as we have a t-shirt and download of our track ‘Call The Shots’ for free when purchased. Other than that, stay tuned and watch this space.
You can catch the band’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam live performance by clicking here.
Written by Zach Redrup