Wildcard Short 2: Charlie Simpson and Omar Abidi – Fightstar

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Wildcard Short 2: Charlie Simpson and Omar Abidi from Fightstar

Wildcard short number 2 is go! On this episode I caught up with Charlie and Omar from Fightstar at Hevy Festival 2015. Even though the interview was short we actually talk about some quite revealing stuff:

  • The energy behind the new record
  • How the 10 year anniversary show is what pushed them into writing an album
  • How the band had to take a break or it could have been over
  • Chilli sauce

You can also hear how I was a little drunk and how my sound guy almost ruined the podcast.

I used the capsule mic on the Zoom H6 for this and I think it fared pretty well. You can definitely hear the band playing on the stage nearby but it doesn’t drown out the voices, so it gives it a nice festival ambience I guess.

Other things to note about this episode:

  • The press area, where this interview was conducted, was directly behind the main stage. We were shielded only by a truck. The other mic I used, my Shure SM58, was completely unusable cause of the volume from the main stage.
  • My sound guy Craig is a MASSIVE Fightstar fan, so this was a pretty huge deal for him.
  • Initially we thought the interview was cancelled until we got a last minute text nearly two hours later asking if we could drop what we were doing and do the interview.
  • We obliged. Naturally.

I dunno how you guys feel about these short interviews. I’m in two minds – I don’t particularly enjoy conducting them because I enjoy a longer form conversation where people can answer questions at their leisure. BUT, I actually think I should do more so as to hone my interview technique.

If you guys want more interviews of this length as bonus content to the regular podcast, do let me know!

The interview I’m sharing this coming Thursday took place about five minutes after this one and was completely impromptu.

Featured Music

Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).

Fightstar – Deathcar

‘Deathcare’ is taken from One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours.


Check out Fightstar’s new single ‘Animal’ below.

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