Leading social care charity Turning Point Scotland is highlighting the work the organisation is doing around homelessness with a night of music and comedy.
Although the evening is about giving people a good time, the underlying message highlights a serious issue; people affected by homelessness are valued members of society, have a right to a home and deserve the same opportunities most of us take for granted.
The inaugural Music Connects 2018 takes place on September 19 at The Ferry, Anderston Quay, Glasgow and will feature Dogtooth.
With their music a mix of indie/early mod/punk influences they are: Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals: John Hewitson. Bass Guitar: Craig Morrison Drums/Backing Vocals: Robert Lang.
Dogtooth, take it away…
What made you decide to get involved in Music Connects?
Craig: We play lots of gigs for mental health and social issues charities, we especially try to look at raising awareness for teenage and young adult help groups, Social Bite, Shelter and The Teenage Cancer Trust are a few we have been involved with, so delighted to be playing for Turning Point Scotland.
WHAT can people expect from you musically on the night if they’ve not seen you live before?
Craig: People probably know us more for playing covers, but we have been playing our own material for a while now.
CAN’T be easy to try and make a go of a career in the music industry. What are the challenges you have overcome so far?
Robert: Our age has been a problem at times, more now as we try to break into the Glasgow band scene. There’s lots of great bands out there so the competition for festivals and bigger gigs is very strong.
John: At the beginning it was hard to be taken seriously as we were only 10,11 and 13 years old.
WAS there any particular moment growing up when you thought, ‘that’s it, I want to get into music, join a band and make a go of it?’
Craig: From as young as 4/5 years old, I think this is what I wanted to do, started playing bass about that age, loved listening to music and trying to learn the songs.
John: Listening to Noel Gallagher led me to ask for a guitar for my 10th birthday, that’s been it since.
Robert: I had been in a few bands before but not going anywhere, as soon as I joined Dogtooth and bonded with Craig and John was the moment I realised we could go
somewhere, still a long way to go yet but hope to make it a career.
What’s the moment you thought ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is happening. Look at us now!’
Craig: The EP launch at HMV was pretty special and selling out our own gig at the o2 ABC was great, and of course playing the Barrowlands.
Robert: There has been a few; playing the Barras, EP launch, selling out o2 ABC twice.
A LOT of people Turning Point Scotland supports use music to forget about everyday hassles or negative past experiences. What does being in a band and playing live mean to you guys?
John: We have become really good mates and bounce off each other really well, I love playing live and love discovering other bands out there.
I hated school with a passion but music helped me escape. If our music helps someone thats a result for me.
Robert: Playing live is amazing, being so close as mates makes it even better and you can escape for a short time from any worries you might have.
DO you find being on stage and playing live gives you more confidence and self-belief?
Craig: It gives you confidence doing something you enjoy so much.
Robert: Yes, there’s nothing better than playing live where everything is just right, it can leave you buzzing for days.
ANY lessons you have learned along the way you could pass on to other aspiring musicians?
Craig: Practice, enjoy what you are doing, and listen to advice from people you respect who are trying to help you.
Robert Don’t worry about what other people are doing.
John: Gig as often as you can.
Dogtooth play Music Connects on September 19 at The Ferry, Glasgow.