We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month we have Sol Curry from Factory Studios.
When did you first move to Bristol?
I first moved to Bristol with my brother in early 2001, with the idea of starting a band and pursuing fame and fortune in the music world. We’d previously spent a year in Exeter gigging with a band there (we were called Manga and the band was made up of myself, my brother and three founding members of the Bristol live drum and bass outfit, Dub Mafia) but exhausted the local scene very quickly and felt we needed to spread our musical wings. Bristol has always had an enviable reputation for live music so it was the obvious choice.
What was the last gig you went to here?
The last gig I went to in Bristol was Little Thief playing at the indomitable Mr Wolf’s. They’re a lively little two-piece made up of two members from Bombs. Their music is akin to the Black Keys; and I love the Black Keys.
Who’s your top Bristol band / artist at the moment?
One of the benefits of running a music studio is that you get to see local talent on its way up. Therefore most of the bands that I champion are a part of the music community at Factory Studios. I have two favourite bands at the moment. Sleeptalking and Van Zeller. Sleeptalking are a five-piece who are at once charismatic, unique and utterly captivating – do yourself a favour, go and see them. Van Zeller are a garage rock four-piece who play catchy, instant classics and I believe could be destined for great things. Catch them at this year’s Simple Things Festival.
How would you describe the music scene here?
What can I say? Without the incredible live music scene here in Bristol, Factory Studios couldn’t exist. There is talent piled on top of talent, and a constant shifting and reshifting of musical collaborations. It really is only a matter of time before this city once again starts to produce globally respected acts who will define the music of our age. The revolution is coming!
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
My favourite thing about Bristol is definitely the people. The people who live in a city define it and give it an identity. The reason Bristol offers such a diversity of cultures and a richness of music and art is purely down to those who live here. Without them, it’s just a bunch of roads and buildings. Quite frankly, there’s not another city in the UK that even comes close.
And your least favourite?
My least favourite thing about Bristol has to be the buses. Utterly hideous, diesel belching monstrosities sometimes four or five in a row, often with no more than three people sat on each. What’s going on? European Green Capital – don’t make me laugh.
What’s one of your favourite memories from the studio?
One of my favourite memories is of Portishead during their first visit to the studio in 2013. They were doing pre-production ahead of their Glastonbury show and were performing a final run through of their set. I went into the studio to have a quick chat with one of the techs and found myself stood a few feet away from Beth just as the band launched into a rendition of the magnificent ‘Glory Box’ I stood rooted to the spot for three and a half minutes. Mesmerised just doesn’t cut it!
Where are the best eats around town?
For takeaway, it has to be Biblos. Half jerk chicken, half halloumi wrap from the Stokes Croft café, a couple of cans whilst waiting, watching the colourful world of the croft go by. I love dropping into Bagel Boy in the centre for a bagel and a cup of coffee too, and for a posh eat, it’s the Ox all the way. Literally the best fillet steak I’ve ever eaten, washed down with a bottle of Malbec. Pricey but worth every penny!
Factory Studios is one of Bristol’s favourite recording/rehearsal spaces. Learn more here. In the meantime, check out a session from Factory Studios below.