Bigfoot are a 5 piece hard rock band based in Wigan, Northwest, England. Formed in Spring 2014 Bigfoot consists of members from various bands from the scene combining powerful vocals, dual lead guitars and a heavy driving rhythm section. With influences stemming from many different genres from The Eagles to Pantera this is a band that can be appreciated and enjoyed by a wide variety of music fans.
Antony Ellis - Lead Vocals
Sam Millar - Guitar
Mick McCullagh - Guitar
Matt Avery - Bass
Tom Aspinall - Drums
Genre: Hard Rock
Hometown: Wigan, UK
The Hard Rock Band Bigfoot Interview
Guitarz Forever - Hey Sam, I hope all is well with you... Give our loyal readers and peeps an update with what’s been going on with you in your music world these days.
Sam Millar - I’ve basically just been writing, recording and touring relentlessly with my band Bigfoot for the past 18 months now.
Guitarz Forever - Hey Mick, I hope all is well with you... Give our loyal readers and peeps an update with what’s been going on with you in your music world these days.
Mick McCullagh - Well, been busy gigging and promoting our (Bigfoots) debut EP which has been great fun.
Guitarz Forever - Sam, Introduce yourself and let us know what you have been up to lately musically.
Sam - Bigfoot are back in the studio doing our 2nd EP and we’ve been doing a lot of music festivals over summer including Bloodstock Open Air
Guitarz Forever - Mick, Introduce yourself and where is your stomp'n ground?
Mick - I'm Mick, guitarist from band Bigfoot and our main stomp is Wigan being the bands home town and Manchester... ans Chorley of course haha (my hometown).
Guitarz Forever - Sam Give our readers what it's like to be in a band like Bigfoot.
Sam - I find it really exciting, you never know what’s going to happen next and it’s so much fun and has provided some of the best memories I’ve ever had.
Guitarz Forever - Introduce your band... Bigfoot...
Mick - A dirty hard rock band we formed last year. We've got wide and varied influences which is great for me as it gives me chance to spread my wings.
Guitarz Forever - Give us a short but descriptive label of your style of guitar playing.
Sam - I’d say I’m quite melodic but really aggressive at the same time, sort of like a heavy Brian May
Guitarz Forever - Give us a short but descriptive label of your style of guitar playing and the types of music your band plays.
Mick - Bluesy hard rock/ verging on metal. As a band we play hard rock.
Guitarz Forever - Are there a lot of places to play your style of music in and around your area? If so, could you name some venues?
Sam - We have a great venue in our hometown of Wigan called The Boulevard where we played one of our first gigs and there’s a lot of other places around the northwest that support the rock scene such as Grand Central in Manchester.
Mick - Yes we've been greatly accepted by most venues in our area but stand out ones for me would be The Boulevard (Wigan) and Grand Central (Manchester).
Guitarz Forever - Who came up with band's name Bigfoot?
Sam - That was me; we basically just came up with loads of names together and ended up choosing Bigfoot from a massive list.
Guitarz Forever - What is the name of your latest album and tell us how that album came about.
Mick - Its a self titled EP and came about from the natural song writing that took place prior to recording. We layed some demos down to see what kind of reaction we would get and then hit the studio after a great response.
Guitarz Forever - How do you come up with the songs, is it one song writer or more of a collaboration with other musicians?
Sam - It usually starts with one of us, usually myself, Mick or Ant coming up with an initial idea or in some cases a full song and just building on it. Some songs are written by just one of us and others by several members of the band.
Mick - Its more often than not a collaboration. Me or Sam will throw some riffs around and see what feels right and then build it into a song from there with the band but occasionally one of us from the band come with an almost completed son. its great because its a natural and flowing process. we're never stuck for new material.
Guitarz Forever - How often when you start an idea for a song does it actually get finished?
Sam - Well I think there’s around 15 finished Bigfoot tracks now and between us we have hundreds of recorded riffs or ideas recorded on our phones. So most of them don’t end up finished, but if we need, we have a massive catalog of ideas to use in the future.
Mick - Definitely more often than not. its pointless writing a crappy riff haha. No occasionally an idea wont work and we'll put on the back burner and may come back to it at a later date with fresh ears
Guitarz Forever - Why did you pick the Guitar as your instrument of choice?
Sam - I always wanted to play the guitar for some reason which I’m not sure of. Probably because my dad played a lot of Hendrix and Deep Purple which is very guitar orientated.
Mick - I was brought up around rock with my parents but one day i was playing an old rock anthems tape when this really cool filthy sound came out of the speakers. It was Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix. That was it, I was hooked.
Guitarz Forever - Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?
Sam - A bit of both I’d say, I did have a teacher for a while but about 90% of what I know was from listening to other players and learning from doing. I think there’s only so much a teacher can show you before you need to take things into your own hands.
Mick - A mixture really. I did attend lessons for a time with a guy called Tim Chu who was an amazing player who coincidentally taught Sam too! I think that helped with some theory and getting a few grades etc but I consider myself mainly self taught. I would just listen to guitarists and use my ear to replicate what they were playing. I use my ear over theory.
Guitarz Forever - So, what type of guitars do you play and why?
Sam - I pretty much only ever play Gibson Les Pauls live. Part of the reason is just because it’s what I’m used to having played Les Pauls religiously since I was 12 years old and also I don’t think you can really beat them tonally for the sort of stuff we play.
Mick - I've always leaned towards Les Paul type guitars. The look, the feel and the sound... nothing sounds dirtier although I'm playing a copy at the moment haha!!!
Guitarz Forever - What type of amps do you use? Do you use different amps for the studio vs live shows. If so, why?
Sam - I use a Marshall JVM both live and in the studio at the moment. I’m always experimenting with different amplifiers and would be open to using other things but at the moment the Marshalls really work for me.
Mick - Always Marshall. There's just a magic that no other amp can replicate and I've tried plenty! I use Marshall's for everything live and studio.
Guitarz Forever - Do you have any endorsement with instrument and gear companies?
Sam - Not at the moment, there have been some offers but nothing that I wanted to use at the time but I’m always looking!
Mick - We don't at the moment but have been approached by a few. I don't want to change or hinder my sound just for the sake of an endorsement but if the right ones came along...
Guitarz Forever - How did you first get into the music business?
Sam - Just basically from being a guitarist and wanting to take things to the next level, so I started going to local jam nights and then ended up in bands. It was something I always wanted to do though.
Mick - I was in bands before that put me on the scene then I met the guys (Bigfoot) and that was it.
Guitarz Forever - Where do you see the music business today?
Sam - It’s really hard to make anything out of it, but I think that rock music is definitely making a comeback and there’s a really strong rock and loyal rock following.
Mick - I think its seen better days but saying that you have to move with the times. There are a lot of platforms for bands should they choose to take it.
Guitarz Forever - Do you do social networking? If so, do you think it's worth doing it?
Sam - Yes, we use it to our advantage, if anything it’s the most important promotional tool we have and definitely worth keeping up to date.
Guitarz Forever - Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
Sam - Brian May, Zakk Wylde, Slash, Hendrix and Richie Blackmore.
Mick - Jimi Hendrix, Slash and James Hetfield to name but a few.
Guitarz Forever - How has your guitar playing evolved over the years?
Sam - It’s definitely matured a lot. I’ve been playing around 11 years and I have become a much more melodic player, I didn’t used to think there was a world beyond pentatonic noodling and it was rare that I’ve ever wrote a guitar solo, now I feel that it’s important to write memorable lead lines to keep the momentum of a song up.
Mick - I think its matured. Letting notes breath more and understanding space. Sometimes its where you don't play in a solo that can make it.
Guitarz Forever - What’s the best thing about playing your own music in front of a live audience?
Sam - Seeing people enjoy it and feeling like all the hard work has paid off.
Mick - The buzz of people singing your songs back at you is an immense feeling. Also cheering after a solo gives me goosebumps haha!!!
Guitarz Forever - Who are you listening to these days?
Sam - I’ve always listened to my favourites like Queen, Led Zep, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith and stuff like that but I listen to a lot of different stuff from Pantera and Slipknot to Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Mick - I love Black Stone Cherry. Also Slash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspiritors.
Guitarz Forever - Please tell our readers what your high school years were like, what music did you and your friends listen to, and what the musical soundtrack (Favorite Album) would you recall to sum up your senior year in High school.
Sam - I hung around a lot of metal heads in high school so I listened to a lot of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Black Label Society around them but I was always obsessed with Guns N Roses throughout high school and must have played Appetite and the Use Your Illusion albums to death.
Mick - Ah school years haha. They were great fun. Id often get in trouble for leaving at dinner time and going home to play guitar all day and night. Luckily I had an artist as a Mother... She understood haha. Album had to be Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
Guitarz Forever - By the way, who would you say were your biggest influences when it comes to playing guitar as a kid and now today?
Sam - They haven’t really changed a great deal, I have never stopped loving Richie Blackmore, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Hendrix and Brian May. But I suppose I was a bit more narrow minded when I was younger and didn’t appreciate a lot of players.
Mick - As I mentioned before mainly Slash, Jimi Hendrix and James Hetfield but having such varied tastes there are hundreds... Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde to name a few.
Guitarz Forever - Please give us three top musical goals you would like to achieve this year.
Sam - Release our second EP, write the next batch of Bigfoot tunes and improve my playing in some way.
Mick - Well we are currently in the studio recording our second EP which will be finished by the end of the year. And we just played Bloodstock.
Guitarz Forever - Is there anything else you’d like to achieve in your life personally and or as a musician?
Sam - I’d just love to ultimately be able to work with the band for a living.
Mick - Skies the limit! Just to keep climbing higher with the lads. Wouldn't mind playing with Slash haha
Guitarz Forever - I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart.
Sam - I don’t do much else these days. But I love art, I used to paint a lot but I rarely get the chance these days sadly.
Mick - I'm an avid ballerina.
Guitarz Forever - I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.
Mick - Thank you for having us!