Friday, August 27, 2010


Ventomat conducted an interview with the relatively new and upcoming band, The Lottery Tickets. Their album launch is tonight at the The Hidden Cellar (Die Akker), 90 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch. Youth will be playing the opening slot. 

This is what the boys have to say:

1) The Lottery Tickets... What's the origin of the name? Have you changed the band's name before?

The Band was originally called "The Revered", which was an acoustic project between James and Rob. Became The lottery tickets when the band went electric.

2) Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.

Well, none of us are in school any more. James Regout (Somerset College, 2005) - Drums. Robert Volker, James Acker (both Paarl Roos, 2006) - Both guitars and vocals. Mike Tymbios (Paarl Roos, 2006) - Bass. Dean Bellingham (Paarl Valei, 2009) - Synths and Saxophone.

3) What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

People would probably say we are Indie Rock, i don't know. What ever sounds good, no matter what genre.

4) How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

High School. Dean i met through my brother.

5) When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

2006, we had some songs and played about 8 shows and broke up. Then got back together in 2008 with James on drums and recorded our first EP "The Lone Shark"

6) Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I rate we've played everywhere in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Only Venues we still need to play is Bohemia and The Assembly which will hopefully happen soon.

7) Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

We only play one or two old ones from the 2008 EP, and then just new ones we have on the Album.

8) Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Rob Brings the Skeleton and we Flesh it out! On the spot writing takes very long and ends up becoming frustrating. helps when someone brings an idea that is simple and can be experimented with.

9) Could you briefly describe the music-making process (how you all would go about crafting a new tune)?

a song idea is brought - talk about it - try ideas - different arrangements - vocals added last.

10) What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Depending on shows, we practice when we like, or when James Regout isn't hungover.

11) How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

I rate you can still tell it's us, but just being more experimental. There are already new songs and ideas we are thinking of for the next album.

12) What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Money has been the one thing that has bleaked us out many of a times. Makes you grow tired and frustrated a lot of the time.
Not to sound Materialistic,but money helps a lot and brings happiness. We would really love to tour and record as much as we can.

13) What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

I won't lie, that would be nice. To play music you like and get noticed for it is a wonderful feeling.

14) How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

We have a myspace and facebook where you could hear some songs. Like Reggy said. Buy a CD. It's a awesome Package.

15) Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Family and Friends and the awesome team who did our music video.

16) Any last words?

27th August! Hidden Cellar! Be there!

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