MARCH 28th 2015
BAILEY EXCLUSIVE

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Nigel Bailey, vocalist/bassist and guitarist of Bailey. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.
 
1. You have named your band after yourself, what made you decide to go that route instead of naming the band something else?


I was initially signed to Frontiers as a solo artist in January 2012 so it made sense to use my name as a title. I wrote the songs, played guitars and bass on the demo’s and programmed the drums.
 
2. You have another band "Three Lions", so what made you want to start another band, did you just have something that you needed to express or ?
 
Three Lions came about after I had finished recording Long Way Down. I was introduced to Vinny with the intention of writing together but the songs we started to write were so good we decided we wanted to be a proper band. Greg was the obvious choice as drummer and thing went from there.
 
3. Tell us how each of the members came to be in Bailey.....( Be on the Bailey record?)
 
I needed a drummer and lead guitarist and Alessandro (Del Vecchio), my producer suggested Mario (Percudani, Guitar) and Alessandro(Mori, Drums). They are both amazing musicians and really nice guys and have a vast experience of sessions. They both did a great job playing on the Album.
 
4. You also have additional backing vocals by Andy Bailey/Alessandro Del Vecchio, keyboards by Alessandro as well, will they be permanent members, or just guest musicians for this album?

 
Alessandro produced the album as well as arranging the songs with me. He’s a fantastic vocalist and an amazing keyboard player as well! Andy is my brother and will feature in the live Bailey line up alongside. Paul Ellis (Bass), Steve Clarkson (Drums) and Adrian Boyd(Guitar). I’m very lucky to have Vinny Burns playing guitar at my debut live show in December.
 
5. Who wrote the lyrics for “Long Way Down”?


I wrote all the lyrics and music for the album.
 
6. Where does the inspiration come from?

From various places really. Sometimes I get an idea for a lyric and other times I come up with a riff and write a song around that. Various situation in life or on TV can be an inspiration for lyrics plus I think I have a pretty good imagination.

7. What kind of sound can people expect from Bailey?

It’s a mix of various styles, some heavy songs, some AOR style even some west coast, almost country style. They all have one thing in common in that they are very melodic with big guitars, big harmonies and some great hooks.


8. You have 11 songs on the album, do you personally have a favourite ? And why if you do.

Oooh, that’s like picking your favourite child! They are all special to me in their own way, I honestly like them all.
 
9. I have to ask, it's been said that this record will be a surprise and a must for all fans, what kind of fans, are you including the heavy metal genre as well?

Rock music fans in general, I am a relatively new name on the scene and it is different to the Three Lions album. I think the album has something for everyone, be it at the metal end or the softer side of the scale. I write the type of music I listen to and that can change depending on my mood on any particular day, anywhere from Iron Maiden to Whitesnake to Lady Antebellum.
 
10. Do you find these days that people are not tolerant of some genres, that if it is not the American heavy metal/hardcore that you listen to, you are not a metalhead?
 
To a certain degree I guess. I’m old enough to remember when it was just hard rock, I have an 18 year old son and there are more rock and metal genres than I can remember! If its good music I like it regardless of the label.
 
11. Or does that not matter to you because you are here to just put out the music you enjoy and hope that others do too?

I have been very fortunate that I have been able to make the music I love, both on Long Way Down and the Three Lions record. There was no agenda on either, just to make music we loved. I hope people like the album for what it is and not because it fits on genre or another.
 
12. How do you find the time to work both bands, does one go on hold until the other is finished ?

As I said earlier, this record was in the can before I met the Lions guys so it wasn’t a problem. Vinny still has commitments with Dare, I have a full time job and we make it work the best we can. We played a show with Three Lions last week and this week I have a Bailey show. If you want it to work out you can find a way and both bands are very important to me.

13. Have you always wanted to be a musician? Was there ever a time you wanted to try something else?

The past couple of years have been amazing. Since I was a kid I have loved music, rock in particular. I have played in rock cover bands for 20 + years and then I put a couple of original songs on YouTube and now I am here playing with the likes of Vinny and Greg and making albums. It’s a dream come true for me to be doing this.
 
14. If you have the time, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

 
I spend a lot of time travelling and always have music in the car, or when I do the chores at home! I listen to all types of rock from metal through to soft rock. I don’t listen to new pop music, I just don’t like it!
 
15. When do you find you are the most creative?
 

There’s no set time. I have a small studio at home and always have a guitar lying around. I might pick up the guitar to play and just come up with a riff so I head to the studio and get it down before I forget it! Other times I might get an idea for a song title and write it down to work on later, it just depends.
 
16. If you could give advice to people who are thinking about starting a band, what kind of advice would you give them?

Play what you want to play and believe in it. If you don’t believe in it with a passion then no one else will. Never give up, you never know what may be around the corner.
 
17. Do you have a tour in the works once “Long Way Down” is released ?


Nothing concrete as yet. I am working on some dates and am delighted to be playing with Bailey at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan in April.
 
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with us Nigel, and we wish you much success with “Long Way Down”.

I hope people enjoy the record as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks to everyone who has supported both myself and Three Lions, we really appreciate it!