Our Peter Whittingham Jazz Award auditions are taking place today at the Premises Studios in Hackney. We caught up with Owen Dawson and his group Big Bad Wolf to see how they were getting on since receiving a development award from us through last year’s auditions.
What did winning the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award mean to you?
Well, firstly it’s a real honour to have our name, Big Bad Wolf, included as part of an incredible and varied list of past winners particularly as we were in a relatively early stage in the development of the band at the time of entering the award.
How did winning the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award impact your music and career?
We entered the award primarily to try and secure some funding towards recording our debut album and as a result of winning part of the award we were granted a substantial sum towards the costs, which has allowed us to record the album in the way we wanted to, without cutting corners, and to involve some incredible people such as Alex Killpartrick to record and produce the album! Certainly a direct result of the award facilitating the production of the album has been that we can all now view the band as a far more long term project, which has enriched our creative process and also encouraged me to reach further when looking for performance opportunities and ways to progress the band.
What has been your highlight or proudest achievement of the last year?
For us as a band, this year has been where we have developed the entire project really! We spent the best part of 2015 experimenting and improvising with no particular thought to us becoming a band and then it all came together around this time last year for our first performance at the 606 club. From there we’ve developed a compositional process which has produced an entire album’s worth of music, performed around the UK (highlights include Match&Fuse’s London festival, multiple appearances at Tom Sankey’s fantastic Good Evening gigs and a few performances for Sofar Sounds London) and spent 5 days at the beautiful Giant Wafer Studios recording the album!
What can we look forward to hearing and seeing from you next year?
The album is due to be released in April 2017 accompanied by a UK tour plus a few dates in Austria/Germany so look out for that! You can keep up to date at www.bigbadwolf.london where there’s a mailing list to sign up to or alternatively head to Facebook or Twitter and we’ll keep you posted there.
Below is a live video of Big Bad Wolf performing Pond Life: