BXHS Xmas Bauble no.5: Jimi Scandal

To mark the festive season, and highlight some of the excellent musicians in our little community at Brixton Hill Studios, we asked a select few artists who rehearse (and work) here to be a bauble on our musical Xmas tree by telling us a bit about themselves and answering some Christmassy questions…

Jimi (centre) playing guitar with Gabi Garbutt (left)

You’ve probably seen Jimi around the studio, he is a fixer of all things guitar, and can sometimes be seen on reception too. Amongst other things (Stephen Evens Band/Reals) he is guitarist for Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations, sometimes garage rock, sometimes motown banger.

Brixton Hill Studios: What’s your Xmas tipple?
Jimi Scandal: Pisco Sours (chilean lemon liquor w/lemon juice & egg whites) or a good Whiskey Old Fashioned

BH: What was your musical highlight of 2019 and what exciting things are in store for you in 2020?
JS: Supporting the Libertines on tour across Europe, and especially playing the Columbiahalle in Berlin to a sold out audience.

BH: Fave album of 2019?
JS: Hurtling’s ‘Future From Here

BH: Best gig you went to this year?
JS: Edwyn Collins at the Shepherds Bush Empire, Edwyn’s brassy baritone voice was stunning as was all of his band.

BH: Best gig you played this year?
JS: I think being main support for the Libertines in Paris at L’Olyimpia and having the band’s name in lights in the french capital was pretty special. There was a lot of love for everyone that night.

BH:Who should we go and see in 2020?
JS:  Go see Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, NO SRSLY GO AND SEE THEM!

BH: Best piece of musical advice you’ve ever had?
JS: Not so much advice, but gave me the attitude to become the musician I am today.Eric Clapton ‘what’s that awful fucking noise get it off’ (me recording guitar at Olymipic studios when I was about 20)

BH: Any tips for fellow music makers?
JS: Don’t do it! If you’ve got a passion for anything else, do that instead. 
No but really music has been the subject of the highest highs and the lowest lows for me and friends of mine.

BH: Fave thing about Brixton Hill Studios?
JS: OBVS that the staff rock, but mostly because Rudy the Labrador is there sometimes too!!

BH: What’s on the front of your Christmas jumper?
JS: It’s hot pink and has an all seeing eye on it

BH: Who would you play in the Nativity?
JS:I’d be one of the heavenly hosts, swinging around the sky in a big white dress.

BH: Best Christmas song?
JS: Pogues – Fairy tale of New York No matter where I am, I always know Xmas is coming when I hear that song being rolled out.

And the bells are ringing out for Christmas Day!

Festive greetings from all of us at BXHS x
Are you aware Brixton Hill Studios alumni such as Black Midi, Hot Sauce Pony, Scud FM, Ham Legion and more have made a Christmas Album? You can check it out/buy it online, or ask at reception and we’ll sell you a copy. Profits go to Brixton Soup Kitchen.

We hope to see you again soon in the New Year…
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