My Music DNA: Stevie Westwood of Bad Touch

Norwich five-piece Bad Touch are to tour the UK next spring.  The band who recently released their fourth album, Kiss The Sky are set to play Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on April 19 and The Patriot, Crumlin on April 20 2021.

The band came together at a Norfolk college in 2010, before performing covers in local pubs but it wasn’t long before they started to compose and play original material.

Bad Touch recorded their first EP at Leeders Farm Studio in 2012, sparking a wave of new opportunities for the band, including the chance to perform in venues across the UK.

Their album debut, Halfway Home was released in 2015 and they have since toured with a variety of hard rock artists including Bonafide, The Quireboys and Tyketto as well as making appearances at Download, Hard Rock Hell and Steelhouse.

Stevie Westwood of Bad Touch reveals his Music DNA to Andy Howells.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?

I can’t pinpoint exactly what track it was, but I grew up listening to a lot of soul, Motown and funk. That era of music just oozes groove and charisma, and I immediately wanted to be a part of that groove.

What was the first single you bought?

I think it was something embarrassing like Mr. Boombastic by Shaggy, that I got from a car boot sale or something. It was quite some time ago!

What was the first album you owned?

Now I could sit here and type some cock and bull story about finding my uncle’s AC/DC album aged four or something, but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to tell you this and you’ve got to promise not to laugh… Big Willie Style by the one and only, Will Smith, and I stand by my choice to this day, it’s a brilliant album.

What’s your constant go to track?

Go Faster by The Black Crowes, it’s got such a drive and groove. I hope one day we can write and perform a song that pulls that off.

What’s your constant go to album?

The Temperance Movement’s self-titled album. It’s a masterpiece and a huge influence on Bad Touch as a band.

Who’s your latest music discovery?

I’ve recently become huge fans of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Tom Maguire & The Brassholes. Two hugely talented bands with enough funk and soul to sink a ship. Check ‘em out!

What’s the track you feel best defines you as an artist?

I know as a team we’re very proud and love to play our song Sun & The Moon from Kiss The Sky, it makes us smile and is a good definition of where we are as a band at the minute.

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