An Interview with Steve White from The Family Silver

Posted: Thursday 26 October 2017

It's not every day you get to talk to one of Britain's most prolific drummers, so when we got a chance to ask former 'The Style Council' member, Steve White, several questions, we made sure to cover everything from his greatest inspirations, to creating new music with his band, The Family Silver.

As well as being a former member of The Style Council, you’ve also worked extensively with the likes of Ian Dury and Paul Weller. How much of this has influenced the sound of your current group, The Family Silver?

"I think you learn from every musical experience if it is a good one. For me, the role of a drummer is simple, you put your ego to one side and try to make the song sound as good as possible. I’ve been very privileged to work with some amazing musicians and sometimes what drummers think of as priority could not be further from the truth." 

Growing up, who were some of your biggest inspirations?

"Initially I found it in a big box of 45 [RPM] singles my uncle, who used to be a DJ, gave me. My parents bought me a record player and I listened to The Beatles, The Stones and The Beach Boys for hours. The first band I wanted to buy a record for, was Slade and I still love them today. Then I got into jazz, people like Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson and they became my inspirations and still are, but I love any music that’s played with heart and passion." 

As part of The Family Silver, it’s safe to say that between you, Oasis’ Matt Deighton and Ocean Colour Scene’s Damon Minchella, there is a wealth of experience. Do you think having this experience makes it easier creating music?

"I think the talent is unquestionable. The most important thing is enthusiasm to make new music and that’s the hardest thing to overcome in the UK, because so many people are obsessed with nostalgia, about which old band is getting back together - make no bones that’s only ever about money. It makes me feel really sorry for young bands trying to make it now, writing and trying to learn their craft because their local venue is likely full of tribute bands." 

The Family Silver’s brand new mini album is due for release in October, how do you feel about the upcoming release and is there any particular track we should look out for?

"We are really excited and would like to thank our label owner Richard Clark for his amazing support, it's inspired us to carry on writing. Once these dates are done, we hope to go back in the studio for a full new album. I have been writing lyrics too, and I am very pleased with them." 

Lastly, what should the audience expect from The Family Silver live show?

"Great songs from a great group of musicians who look forward instead of looking back and let their music do the talking."

Catch The Family Silver at O2 Academy Islington by getting your tickets here:

O2 Academy Islington: Friday 24 November - Buy Tickets