Interview – Dude Safari

Dude Safari are a rock band that I recently reviewed for a round-up review based around grunge music. I loved their track, I’m No Good (At Any Sports), and wanted to find out more – read on below if you’re a fan of the band!

By Jane Howkins

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

To be honest, it’s how we started. Slap bang in January 2020. I (Jamie) got covid and sent the boys a demo a day during my 10 day isolation. And we’ve carried on through the pandemic recording and releasing from home.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I’ll send a demo to the boys and we work from there. The way we work now is – demo – finalise demo and structure – record drums. Then we re-record all the final parts over the drums at home. Then we send it off to be mixed/mastered!

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yep, we have the next one already recorded for a May/June release.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

We’re three tracks away from finishing our debut album, we plan to go out and play shows for a bit and then come back and finish it!

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

A few mutual bands would include Weezer, Blink 182, Dinosaur Pile-Up… we’ve been listening to a lot of playlists of new bands. There’s a plentiful amount out there.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

We’re all from Redhill/Reigate & Crawley, there really isn’t a scene here. At all. And if we were influenced by our surroundings, we would be not playing. As sad as that sounds, I’m sure there’s a fair few bands in the same boat.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’re playing Brighton at The Pipeline on 5th March. We’re in talks for some more shows between now and then, and hopefully a mini tour in June.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Not sure yet – our first show is Brighton! Hopefully it’ll be loud. Probably have some awkward jokes. And you’ll probably see one or two of us really drunk afterwards. We’ll be playing some songs you haven’t heard yet too.

Any last words for the fans?

Stay rad.