• Interviewer: “Your music is fantastic. What does your songwriting process look like, and how involved are you in creating the drum parts?”
  • Woody: “It varies from song to song. Dan is the songwriter in the band and is a self-confessed control freak. Sometimes he’ll have an exact idea of what he wants from the drum part. Other times, and more recently while working on the next album in sound-checks, we’ll play around with ideas. The process is really healthy. I can have as much say over Will’s bass parts as Kyle would over my drum parts. Everyone contributes where we can. It’s not a case of ‘I’m the drummer, I do the drums, mind your own business’.”
  • Interviewer: “So how did Bastille come together?”
  • Woody: “After music college, I was broke and had to move back home to Plymouth (South West England) and get some money saved up. Once I moved back up to London, I was working all manner of temporary jobs in the day and then going to rehearsals and gigs at night. It got to a point where I wasn’t able to sleep much and these awful jobs were interfering with gigs. So after encouragement from my folks, I had to find a way to do this music thing full time. That’s when I started dropping off flyers at houses near to where I lived offering drum lessons. I think from about 3000 flyers I got about 2 students – very cost effective! The one upside to all of this was that Dan (singer and songwriter in Bastille) lived about three streets away and one of my flyers came through his front door. At the time he was looking for a drummer, as he was a solo artist playing much more left-field than we do in Bastille. He called me up asking if I had any drum students I could recommend. He thought I was some 80 year old bloke with a bank of students, but I was just 22 so I told him ‘I’m your guy’. And we got started from there, we toured around as Dan Smith for a couple of years, picking up Will (bass player) along the way. We then went away for a few months and added Kyle (keyboard) to the lineup, and came back as a fully fledged band with a new batch of songs towards the end of 2010.”

Sorry, i can’t hear your bullshit Playlist:

I’m So Sorry~Imagine Dragons

Female Robbery~ The Neighbourhood

Say Amen~ P!ATD

Lock Me Up~The Cab

Stay Frosty Royal Milk And Tea~ FOB

Heavydirtysoul~TØP

Easy~Tokio Hotel

Rise Up~Imagine Dragons

Real~Nf

One Hundred~Nf

Death Valley~FOB

Blame~Bastille

Lurk~The Neighbourhood

Miss Jackson~P!ATD

Friction~Imagine Dragons

Gold~Imagine Dragons

Human~Rag’n’Bone Man

Uma Thurman~FOB

Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time~P!ATD

Thief~Imagine Dragons

Particles~Nothing But Thieves

Cancer~TØP

Scary Love~The Neighbourhood

Thought Contagion~Muse

On new year’s eve if you play Pompeii by Bastille at 11:59:09 then you’ll slide into 2018 with the lyrics ‘Does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all?’ Now if that doesn’t sum up new year then I don’t know what will.

Start off your new year right!

  • Interviewer: “So when you transitioned to actually playing in a band, was there any end goal in mind?”
  • Woody: “I’ve always been in bands since I was 14, whether it be school bands, school orchestras, and everything that leads on from there. I went to music college when I finished school and I’ve always had this drive. I’ve always defined myself as a drummer and playing music was just what I felt compelled to do. Looking back on it now it seems insane the lengths that I went to – travelling hundreds of miles to play to a pub with 15 people in it, losing money in the process and having to sleep on people’s floors. I guess the more I got into it, the more the goals changed.
  • First it was just to be in a cool band I liked, then it was to try and play bigger and bigger venues, and then obviously the dream for most bands of getting signed. I feel so fortunate to have smashed through all my earlier goals. I always thought if I could get to a stage where I’m playing in a band that could headline Brixton Academy in London, then that would be the ultimate. It turns out as far as Bastille is concerned, that has been a stepping stone so I’m just enjoying the ride now.”