Gazz Marlow is a lot of things; a DJ, a club night promoter, a solo artist, and a singer/songwriter, but more importantly he is the latest addition to Brentwood band InMe, whom he joined just over a year ago, and the replacement for second guitarist Ben Konstantinovic. A familiar face to many in Brighton Gazz loves our town and has lived here for off and on for nearly fourteen years.
So for people that don’t know you’re a member of InMe and the anniversary of your first show as the guitarist has now come and gone. How did you end up joining the band?
Gazz Marlow I was in a band called Dry Rise who played for the last ten years and I became a fan of InMe from 2005 when I went out with a girl who was really into them. She got me into them and through Dry Rise I managed to blag a support show at the Concorde with InMe. Met the guys then, got on quite well, and got asked to do an acoustic support with Dave (McPherson- InMe frontman). Then over the sequence of a few shows, either acoustic or with Dry Rise, me and Dave became really good friends. That’s when he heard me play guitar properly; Dry Rise was quite simple and he didn’t realise I could play to the same sort of level as himself. When the band decided they needed a new second guitarist I got a phone call asking if I wanted to audition. So I learnt a bunch of songs and did the audition, they made the decision to have me after literally one song. They didn’t audition anyone else.
Was it daunting joining up with an already well established band?
GM Yeah. InMe have been my second favourite band with the first slot being held by a band called Kerbdog. Before I started there was a lot of negativity; when someone randomly said “Could it be Gazz Marlow?” some people were a bit negative about it, I think because Dry Rise was quite a simple band whereas InMe is that bit more technical. But once I got playing live with the band I was quickly accepted I get on great with everyone. Musically the stuff I bring to the band is different and it just helps to vary things. The audition to actually try out was really scary, but that’s pretty much a given due to the pressure etc!
What’s been going on with InMe since you joined?
GM Quite a bit actually. When I joined I think InMe were at their lowest and I started just as things were rejuvenated. We toured around England and a few countries in Europe and did a few shows with Fightstar as well. Then we released the single and the music video for Nova Armada. Then we did a really big tour, the main stretch of which was 21 days without a break. Then we played Sonisphere which was awesome because it was InMe’s triumphant return to a festival. We played in a 1,500 capacity tent as the main artist on a Saturday but it was oversold and there was between 500 and 1,000 people actually trying to get in. Then we released Phoenix the best of album and then we did all the albums as a tour. We filmed one of them as well and Sony BMG are going to be releasing it as a DVD reissue of the album.
Does the band have any upcoming plans you can tell us about?
GM At the moment Dave is working on the fifth album which is as yet untitled. Dave’s written most of the songs and he’s laying down the vocals now. It’s looking like it’s going to be a floaty life affirming album. I think you could get dressed to it in the morning and be bounced and ready for your day. The songs that we’ve demoed with the full vocals sound really good. They’re very original and they’re very InMe but I think in a similar way to Biffy Clyro’s last album it’s going to be very anthemic. It’s still going to be really heavy and there’s going to be an electronic influence in there as well.
So, a little about you now; you were the frontman of Brighton based band Dry Rise. What’s the future for them now that you’re with InMe?
GM I think Dry Rise is all over simply because with all the effort I’d have to put in flogging a dead horse trying to get people back to shows I’d rather be putting it into something fresh. It’s not out of the question but it would be difficult. Of course it’s what got me to where I am now.
I saw you play a solo set last December supporting InMe frontman Dave McPherson, do you have any plans for your acoustic stuff, or is it all just a bit of fun for you?
GM I think when you saw me that was very solo, just me with one guitar, but I’ve got a piano player and a cello player. I’m looking at some other instruments as well. I was going to do another EP but I’m thinking now of producing an album. Probably include at least one song by Dry Rise and make it a ten track. It’s a really varied set of songs; some are really miserable about Seagulls getting hit by cars others are just really bouncy and about relationships.
You’re very involved in the Brighton music scene, what with the DJing and promoting you do, but do you have any favourite bands around here?
GM I don’t see that many local bands actually. Acoustically a few of my favourites around here; a guy called Matt Bonner, Paul McKeown and Simon Dylan Wright. Band wise; Vier, ThisCity, Here There Be Monsters, and Verses.
Are there any that you’d like to see support InMe?
Closing now then; what’s your favourite thing about Brighton, and why should its people come along to your shows?
GM I moved here in ’97 when I did my first degree and I’ve tried to move away three times but I always get magnetically pulled back. I think Brighton is the best city in this country personally. There are so many pubs and clubs that any given night I can go and see a metal band, a jazz thing, a strip club, a casino. These aren’t necessarily things I do but they are things you can do! I look out my window now and I can see the sea, if I look out the other way there’s the South Downs; everything is here. I come from Crawley, I think if you’re anything out of the norm there your life expectancy is probably halved, but in Brighton no one bats an eyelid. If anyone wants to come and see me play acoustic it’s not the most jump-up and bouncy thing but at the least it’s thought provoking and makes people think about all the ways a relationship can go. It’s the perfect way to get out and meet people, which is why I do it.