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BlackDogHat are an international acoustic trio based in London who have "many different styles of songs from New Folk, to funk and reggae." But most of all they hope to create music with melodies that stick in your head - something to remember. The members of the band are John Sage, Ian Nicholson and Matt Gkikas.




What is the song "Just for the hell of it" about?
Just for the hell of it, is about, being alone, being

angry about being alone, and realising why you're alone.. about missing someone.

When did you start making music? As individuals and together as a band?

I(John) started playing the guitar at about 14. Joined a Punk/NewWave band in Southend called The Regulators, Then a Jazz swing Party band called The Basey Brothers. When that finished, started trying to write my own songs, Convinced a friend who was visiting from Greece (Matt Gikas) to try singing a song I had completed. Called ourselves BlackDogHat. 

Matt is a theatrical trained singer, we made one album "Planetarium" he returned to Athens a while back, but we still work and perform together when possible. In Matt's absence I got together with Ian Nicholson, an old art college chum, and carried on BlackDogHat in London, recently producing together "Bark! a 6 song EP with the help of cellist Tine Wulf, who has recently gone home to Germany. 

We have just found a new cellist Lily, and are rehearsing many new songs. Next major gig is The Broadstairs Folk Week in August. We enjoy all forms of music, but our style is pure acoustic music.



What was the inspiration for Soul on Fire? 
No. 3 Soul on fire. This may sound strange, but sometimes I hear words, and sentenses, voices if you may. Lying in bed one evening I heard the words "wreched oak" and made up a ghost story, about a man, who had been wrongly hanged, come back to haunt the town folk who convicted him.

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