5 Questions With Olly Andrews of Van Susans

Oct 8, 2015 by

Long time listeners of TJWS know the Van Susans have been a long time favorite of ours. We look forward to new single releases and have found the band to be a pleasure with which to work.

We were quite pleased to do a 5.5 with Olly Andrews, the “best looking member of Van Susans”. Here’s what Olly had to say:

Tell us about the first time you heard yourself on radio.

The first memory that springs to mind is when we were first discovered by the radio show Meridian FM by our now good friend Terry Sumner. My cousin had introduced our music to him and it was the first time that we had been played on a substantial radio show. He played ‘Bones’ our first single. I was in the kitchen with my Dad listening in and having a couple of beers. It was a huge moment for me. Dad and I were so excited. Terry has always been a massive supporter of our music, and I remember even then he was going mad for our songs. It is always a great feeling to get played on the radio. The band are always texting each other whenever a new station picks up on us.

What non-instrumental sound or sounds do you love?

I have a humidifier in my room. It pumps out water vapour, and has a very soft hum to it. It quietly works away keeping me and my plant ‘Dennis Bergkamp’ humidified. That quiet little hum always helps me drift off to sleep. I need background noise, can’t be dealing with silence.

What is something you still want to learn from life?

Deep. That’s some soul searching stuff right there. I have so much to learn! So many songs yet to be sung, so many trivial pursuit facts, so many cooking recipes. Life is there to be experienced and I haven’t even touched the surface.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich and what would you wash it down

I am a sucker for a banana. There’s nothing that tastes more like home than a banana sandwich. Washed down with a soya tea, that’s the stuff.

What one song never ever leaves your music player’s playlist?

There are so many. I am the type who listens to my favourite tunes over and over, but I suppose if I had to pick just one it would be the orchestral piece by ‘Holst’ the Planets ‘Jupiter’. So powerful. The middle section gets my hairs standing up every time without fail.

Thank you, Olly!

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