Interview with The Fabulous Red Diesel

Having gained support from Jazz FM and sites across the globe, The Fabulous Red Diesel are the soul-jazz outfit you need in your life. I caught up with the diverse outfit to chat about their distinctive influences, music recommendations and their latest release ‘Nellie Gale‘.

To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound


Who are your main musical influences and why?

We’ll have to break that down into 4 sections ! Duke Boom,( the drummer is a massive Buddy Rich fan, plus Budgie from Siousxie and the Banshees, Barry Manilow, Adam and the Ants, plus Public Enemy. Rabbi Jaffa Delicious( trumpet/guitar) is a different kettle of fish; Miles Davis (obviously – and it’s gotta be the big fusion albums, late 60’s to mid 70’s) Frank Zappa – for his weird comic seriousness. Tangerine Dream – for their atmospheres. Miss Bea Have (trumpet and double bass).

Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!

Ooh, High Priest 187, Igorrr, Miles Sanko, Jacob Collier, Kamasi Washington, Georgia Cecile, Mary Coughlan, Tune Yards, Pointless Beauty-Al Swainger, Crunchy Bat, StrongBoi, Human Bloom, Fana Hues, Bad Head Day , Kat Lee-Ryan (me solo !!)

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

We have some very exciting gigs coming up. July 8th, Frome Festival at the Eco Ampitheatre in Frome as part of Frome Fesival. Then The Green Gathering in Chepstow ,last weekend in July, and very exciting news for us is the supportslot at The Rye Jazz Festival, with Ingognito and Courtney Pine on 28th Aug We are going to Aberjazz for the first time on Monday 30th August, On 28th May we release a filmed version of our stage show about mental health called Sparkly Bird, as part of Brighton Fringe. It has a dancer, an aerialist, a narrator, and it tells the true story of a young woman and her battle with depression, and her subsequent death. You can get tickets here- and watch whenever you like from May 28th.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

Nellie Gale is the true story ofthe Windmill Theatre in London. My great grandmother, so family
legend goes, worked there as a windmill girl. There were dancers and nudes- the nudes wore no clothes and held objects such as feathers or fans or beach balls,to cover their essentials. It was all legal as long as they stayed still- it was then a ”Tableau” and considered a work of art, and therefore legal. The making of the video was amazing, we got friends and fans to dress up in 30’s costume , and filmed it in a church hall in St Leonards. We had to be covid secure, which is really hard when filming the dancing scenes , but we had an amazing day. We had characters names for everyone, including Squiffy Oglespink QC and Lord Perdro Handlebar, and even the green Party Candidate for Hastings Madam Sassy Audacious (Marie Jones).

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