Happy December from Surrey's Best Wedding Band, 4TTF! We can't believe Christmas is nearly upon us - where has the year gone?!
Well, we've introduced everyone in the band over the last few blogs, but there's one person still left to meet - the bass man himself, Mr. Joe Overend!
Tell us about yourself, Joe.
I'm 23 years old and I live in Newbury, West Berkshire. I started music when I was 5, as my parents made me and my elder siblings all learn piano. I hated them for it at the time, but now I can see that it was a really good thing to do, as everyone in my family loves music. I started bass guitar when I was around 14, mainly because that's when I was first exposed to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and all I wanted to do was to be Flea! After going through the typical teenage rock/heavy metal stage, I mellowed out a bit, and these days I like pretty much every genre of music and I hope one day to be a bass player for the musicals in the West End.
What song reminds you of your childhood?
Mainly it's the songs my parents used to play in the car. I was quite lucky that my parents grew up in the '60s, so I was exposed to some great songwriters from an early age. It was mainly the Beatles Red album, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor. So probably 'Love Me Do' by The Beatles or 'For Once in My Life' by the great Stevie Wonder.
What was the first CD you bought?
I think it was a single by Junior Senior called 'Move Your Feet.' I'm sure some people reading this are scratching their heads, but if you were around in the early 2000s, you almost definitely know it.
What was the first band you saw perform live?
Probably Iron Maiden on their 'Matter of Life and Death' tour. I was a huge Iron Maiden fan.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Not really, as I disagree with the phrase 'guilty pleasures.' I think you should never be made to feel bad for liking anything, especially as the word guilty implies that their is something wrong with it. However, if you pushed me for an answer, I'd probably say 'Lovefool' by The Cardigans. It is a bit corny and very pop, but I unashamedly love it.
What was the first gig you ever played?
`In terms of performing, I used to play at piano recitals and school concerts at least once a school term. But the first gig I ever did was a local battle of the bands when I was around 15 with my rock band. We were called 'Paradox' and even though I would like to say we were amazing, we probably were less than that. I still have our old EPs but I can never bring myself to listen to them!
What was the best gig you ever played?
It wasn't a single gig, but I really enjoyed being in the band for 'The Producers', which was put on by the Guildford School of Acting. We did about 25 shows in a great 600 seat venue in Guildford and the entire cast, crew and band were amazing. It is also a really funny show with challenging music so it always kept me on my toes and the audience always loved it.
What is your favourite song to play in the function playlist?
Definitely one of the older songs, as they really let you dig in and have fun with the parts. I think it's probably 'Blame it on the Boogie' by the Jackson 5, as it's so upbeat and the audience always loves it. It gives them a chance to break out their '70s dance moves!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I own two dogs, one of which is a 4 month old puppy, so I spend a lot of time training and walking them. Aside from that, I love stand up comedy - I think it's probably the hardest job there is. I also like watching films and I follow the football to an almost obsessional level!
So there you have it! You've met all of us in 4 to the Floor and now we can't wait to meet all of YOU!
Have a great December everyone, and good luck with the Christmas shopping!