When you discuss punk and DIY here in Portsmouth Joe Andersons name is bound to crop up. Now operating under the name Nerd Rage Bookings, Joe has been putting on shows since he was in his teens, bringing acts from all over the globe to our little island. Besides promoting and booking tours he has also been an active musician, touring through Europe with former bands Ed Wood and Misgivings. We thought we would ask Joe some questions ahead of his show this Friday with Scottish Pop-punk band The Murderburgers.
Wedge Bot: What inspired you to put on shows?
Joe: I’ve been playing music and in bands since I was 13 which turned into putting gigs on at 16. I loved Punk music and it was a good counter culture to the time of Adidas popper tracksuits and over gelled centre partings. I’m sure it still is to younger rebellious teens today.
Wedge Bot: What was the first show you put on?
Joe: The first show I put on was at my dads social club in Gosport. It was a mixture of young teens wearing flared criminal damage trousers with baggy hoodies vs my dads 40 something beer bellied drinking buddies. Super bizarre, but a successful show which laid the foundation blocks to what I do now.
Wedge Bot: How have things developed or changed since then? Any difficulties/learning curves along the way?
Joe: I’ve learnt a lot since that first show and made a lot of mistakes on the way. You need to be prepared and have a cool head in difficult situations where you have to think on your feet for when unexpected things go wrong. I think attendees for shows has declined since my earlier days, but I think that is the trend we’re currently going through. I’d say my shows are a lot more professionally ran now!
Wedge Bot: What is your favourite gig/line up that you have put on so far?
Joe: I think my favourite show was a few years ago where one of my shows clashed with a Southsea DIY one, but we decided to merge and it ended up selling out. It was a great example of why it’s good to work with people outside of your own circles.
Wedge Bot: What can we look forward to in the future?
Joe: I’ve been mainly booking a lot of Punk tours Daggermouth, Lost Avenue, The Capitalist Kids & Aerial Salad and moving away from shows, but I think both have run their course and I’ll be taking a break next year to focus on other factors in my life. This year has been really hectic promoting, booking and tour managing!
Wedge Bot: Any advice for people wanting to put on shows or local bands/DJ’s looking to get more gigs?
Joe: If you want to put on shows start small; drag as many friends as you can and book local. Don’t over reach and keep the risk to a minimum. That way you can see if it’s something you want to carry on. If you’re in a local band go to other local shows and get chatting to everyone. We live in a social age and your music alone won’t just get you gigs. You need to be personable, get to know the people you could be potentially going to work with support each other!
Wedge Bot: Describe the Portsmouth music scene in one word.
Joe: ECLECTIC! There’s so much going on for such a smaller compared to Manchester, London etc get out there and find some new bands to love.
Nerd Rage Bookings bring Scottish pop-punk band The Murderburgers to The Edge this Friday. Support comes from American pop-punk band City Mouse, London based The Burnt Tapes and local power pop favourites The Stayawakes and Misgivings. Tickets available from http://www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk