Formed Early 2004, Velofax are Chris Wackrow: vocals, guitar, synth; Gary Law: bass; James Bell: drums; Richard Berks: keyboards, and play a post punk rock style.
We asked the band a few questions about how they came to be, their music and the industry in general.
Q: Describe your style of music, who do you sound like?
You might call it "post punk rock", a crossover sound with angular guitar, driving beats and funk fuelled basslines. We sound like no-one else, of course.
Q: How did you meet?
Chris and James were in The Pantalons. French genius Kevin Pinel departed, so we drafted in Gary on bass to form Velofax. Richard joined to play keyboards until he went to study to become a rocket scientist.
Q: What are your main musical influences?
All sorts. Chris' heroes are Talking Heads, Prince and Beck. Gary likes anything and everything. James is obsessed with The Who.
Q: Is there an interesting story behind the name or did you choose it because you thought it would sound good?
Chris lent his moped (a “Velofax”) to a friend, but it went missing and was assumed stolen. So Chris chose Velofax as a name for the band as a tribute to his lost wheels and because it sounded right.
The moped was subsequently discovered safe and sound in a nearby store-room where it must have been moved by a mystery person.
Q: Who is your favourite band of the moment, what's in your CD player?
James enjoys Bloc Party. Chris enjoys A Certain Ratio. Gary enjoys cider.
Q: What's been your favourite gig to date and why?
The most notable gig the band has played was the Jersey Live Festival 2004. It was exciting to play on a large stage in front of a good sized crowd. We've also had some great gigs at the L'Auberge and the Blue Note.
Q: What are your feelings on peer 2 peer downloading of songs; do you see it as a good way of getting exposure or pure theft?
None of the band use P2P. It might be ok if a person is getting a taste of a track that they will ultimately purchase legitimately. But building your entire collection from P2P must be theft from the artists and record companies.
Q: Big or small? Would you prefer to play a packed festival in front of thousands of people screaming or a small pub full of fanatical music fans?
We would like to play both. Either one has its merits, but a smaller venue might be more rewarding for both audience and performer.