HEALTHY JUNKIES came to me courtesy of MySpace when I was surfing the new one day. A decision that I haven’t regretted once since then. This is some pretty cool punk rock/”hardrock” that should be checked out. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
I have a fascination for how different bands get started. What was it that brought you guys together in the first place?
-Nina Courson and Phil Honey-Jones met in a venue called Punk in Soho, London in 2008. About a year later they decided to write a song for a mutual friend’s birthday. The song is entitled “Glam Sister” and is on our debut album . Other songs started happening freely and easily and so the next natural step was to form a band. In 2010 we asked 2 mutual friends to join us. Steve Nightmare on drums and Tjay Tarantino on bass guitar. Healthy Junkies was born.
How hard was it to name the band? Has the names’ meaning changed with time to now mean something completely different to you?
-The name came easily from a private joke between Phil and Nina. It has evolved with time, many people are junkies to the consumerist society, all consuming but never really satisfied with a massive multi billion pharmaceutical industry there to keep us going and going and consuming more…
Is there a communal feeling to being a band that is part of a scene? What does being in a band mean to you and what do you get out of it?
As a band we are like a family in that we all look out for each other. We know many bands, musicians and creative people and yes there is a community spirit amongst us. We support each other at gigs and share information freely. We are driven to create and perform for many reasons, I guess we are junkies to it, hooked on adrenalin and the need to make something of ourselves before we all disappear into the abyss.
I am old enough to remember the 77 scene, 80s British hardcore/punk and the downfall of the 90s. When you come from a place/country that has meant almost everything to the music you play, is that something you carry with you when you write music, consciously or subconsciously?
-We are all undoubtedly influenced by past heroes, We just write as we please, and who knows what has seeped into the unconscious? 2 of us are British, One French and one Italian so we are a Euro band I guess, although the definition of Euro is going through quite a change at the moment, let’s hope we don’t have to apply for a bail out for fund.
Being from an island does ever feel restricted being surrounded by water, like you’re living in a caged-in surroundings? No matter what direction you go you’ll end up at the edge.
-Not at all. In fact even trying to leave London seems like an endless journey sometimes, although we do feel like we are “living on the edge” sometimes , to quote Aerosmith. Also with the Eurostar just down the road we can always escape via tunnel
Has releasing records to an eagerly awaiting audience become harder in this day and age when everything has to be served instantaneously and nobody has the time or lust to go to a record store, if they can find one?
-Times have definitely changed and with downloads, Youtube and the internet generally things move quite fast. However there are still people out there who like to buy CDs and have something tangible in their hand for their money, with of course artwork . We don’t bother with record shops, our CDs are available on e-bay, amazon and at gigs. You have to adjust with times and that’s what we are trying to do.
Once you’ve released a record is it easy to get it distributed to the right channels? What kind of distribution channels are the best and most rewarding?
-As I said we sell our CDs on E-bay and Amazon or for download on most of the major sites including i-tunes and Napster. As for promoting our debut album, we did the research ourselves and sent out the album for review to as many people as we could in the time we gave ourselves, actually we’re still sending out. When you get back reviews from publications, you feel a certain sense of reward for your time, and hope that the music will be heard by a few more people
Now that you’ve come so far as to having released an album, is it now that you relax and sit back reaping the rewards? What kind of work do you have to do in order to sell the album?
-As I said we are still sending our album out for possible review and to radio stations. We have had quite a bit of feedback so far, which you can find on www.reverbnation.com/healthyjunkies but there is more to do, there are so many zines and websites especially online which are looking for new bands to write about.
Can you tour Europe without a major financial back-up plan? How do you best set up a tour that will benefit you the most?
-We have so far traveled to France and Holland on 2 separate occasions to plays a few shows. They went well, we actually got paid much better that we generally do in London for the European dates as well as being put up in a hotel, fed and watered. The Dutch dates were organized by an agent, a previous contact of Phil’s. He is organizing more Dutch and some German dates in June. It will be done on a shoe string budget, let’s hope people by our CDs and T-shirts.
Do you see a future for the band beyond this album?
-We have been writing, rehearsing and playing out some new tunes in preparation for recording a second album. We have enough songs for this now. For the first album we pretty much learned the songs and went straight in to the studio to record them. This time round we have been introducing new material bit by bit, but we are all keen to start the 2nd album. The future is in the hands of fate, but we will try and kick it in the direction that we choose…