Thursday, 28 November 2013

INTERVIEW: Nigel Clark talks about Dodgy's Christmas single

The magnificent Dodgy are releasing a brand new festive track entitled 'Christmas At The Food Bank'. This song will be released at the beginning of December with all proceeds going to The Trussell Trust, who are the leading charity providing food banks and tackling poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria. The song will be backed by a short film by fantastic young film maker Kris Thompson. Dodgy head back into the studio to begin work on the follow up to the critically acclaimed album as well as continuing their never ending list of live dates across the UK celebrating the release of Dodgy ‘Live’, released on Strikeback Records a few weeks ago in November. Listen to the track below. I spoke to Dodgy frontman Nigel Clark about the single...

So how did this Christmas single come about? Is this something you've thought about doing before?
"I was asked to record either a new song or a Christmas carol for an album called 'Festivus'. So what did I do record 'Christmas Tonight' by The Band but then realised it was still in copyright! So with deadline day looming I decided to write an original xmas song. I had been working with a homeless group in Stratford upon Avon and the subject of foodbanks had come up in conversation a lot so I decided to write 'Christmas at the Foodbank'. What I found out is that homelessness can affect anyone. The main thing is that people don't ignore this problem in 21st century Britain."

As well as buying the single, what else can people do to help the cause?
"Theirs lots people can do. Raising awareness to people's plight is really important also finding out where you can donate food in your local area. Christmas is a time to think about people less fortunate than yourself. It has been proven that giving brings happiness to both parties."

How's the new album coming along? How does it differ from the magnificent Stand Upright In A Cool Place?
"We are currently talking to a record company to record and promote the next album. All the songs are written and I'm not sure how different it sounds to the last one yet."

What's top of your Christmas list this year?
"I'm going away with my wife for a couple of days. Perfect."

Your hopes for 2014?
"Release new album, play some good festivals in the uk and abroad."

Cheers Nigel.

This Christmas, The Trussell Trust predict that 60,000 people in the UK will need to use a food bank, 3 times more than last Christmas. 1 in 3 UK children will be living in poverty. 1 in 5 UK mums will skip meals to feed their children.

You can download the track by going to - 
Also you can send money direct to The Trussell Trust by texting £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 with the words FBUK13 to 70070. E.g: ‘FBUK13 £5’ and send it to 70070. 

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