My Music DNA: Luigi of No Hot Ashes

No Hot Ashes bring the indie-disco dominating pop of their ‘Skint Kids Disco’ EP to Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on March 9. 

With continued support from the likes of Radio X & 6Music, plus tours with Blossoms and Spring King, the Stockport outfit have quickly made a name for themselves and were even invited to appear in hit BBC drama The A-Word recently. Working with the brilliant Gavin Monaghan (The Sherlocks, Robert Plant), the band return with their keenly anticipated EP in March.

Guitarist Luigi, recently took time out to discuss his music DNA with Andy Howells.

The first song that made an impact  

Red Hot Chili Peppers “The Zephyr Song” once I got into playing in bands around 14/15 it was one of the first songs I fully learnt on Guitar.

The first single /download

Just Jack “Glory Days” downloaded on Limewire (so technically didn’t buy it) circa 2007 when I was around 11 years old. I thought it was a jam. 

First album owned

Foals “Antidotes” first album bought on CD at Fopp Records, Manchester. I was heavily influenced by Foals early days learning the guitar and took a lot of inspiration from guitarist Jimmy Smith.

Constant go-to track

The Kills “Future Starts Slow” killer guitar riff & incredible live band. Another big guitar inspiration for me. Jamie Hince, a genius with guitar effects and his overall technique.

Constant go-to album

The Maccabees “Colour It In” basically my driving album, you will consistently find this album being played in my car.

Latest music discovery

I recently discovered the 1978 album “What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell and have had this on repeat for weeks. A Smooth Jazz, Soul inspired album with incredible vocals.

Best self-defining track

“Goose” our first musical offering to the world with now long term producer and collaborator Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Twang, JAWS) I believe best defines this band. A Indie/Pop Love Ballad which perfectly shows off all of our individual instrument styles. It quickly became a crowd fave and we finish every set with it.