Havering band sets out on road to stardom with a little help from their friends
PUBLISHED: 16:37 18 October 2012
»We have all heard the saying "it's not what you know, but who you know" and Havering-based rock band Ninja Baby show that it has some element of truth.
The band, which consists of singer-guitarist Stuart Knowles, 28, bass player Nick Lovell, 27, and John Fowler, 25, on drums, have managed to get their songs used in a TV documentary series, Being: Liverpool, and out to thousands of people in the UK and America – something normally only achieved by chart stars.
It’s all thanks to their friends that they have enjoyed such exposure.
Stuart said: “We have been really lucky because it’s just the three of us, but we have had friends that have offered to do things for us.
“We didn’t have a Facebook or a Myspace page, but we have had all these people helping out and insisting that we needed a Facebook page.”
The band, who describe their style as “drunk pub music”, had their album passed to the show’s producers, Fox USA, by one of their friends.
Company bosses were so impressed, they phoned the band out of the blue to offer them a deal.
The call came just months after they had vowed to stop seeking out record deals and just “concentrate on the music like in the old days”, Stuart says.
“We have all been in bands before where we were trying to get record deals and get managers to notice us, but since we stopped trying and started concentrating on the music, this happened.
“It was a nice, but surrreal feeling when we got the phone call. We have all had things in the past where people have said that they will promise us record deals, so we were a little bit sceptical, but when it came on the TV and we heard our songs playing, we realised this was for real.”
The band, who cite influences such as Oasis and AC/DC, formed four months ago after meeting through friends.
They recorded the album, Red, tracks from which are being played on the TV show, in just one day and again a friend was responsible.
Stuart said: “We have a friend who is studying music at the University of Westminster and he arranged for us to get studio time and to record the whole album.”
He added: “Our songs are going out to thousands of people in the UK, America and Japan and we couldn’t have asked for anything else.
“I think people are liking it because we have got messages on Facebook and Twitter from people who have heard it on the show.”
n You can see the band play at the Comedy Store, Leicester Square, on November 3. Being: Liverpool is shown on Channel 5 on Fridays at 9pm.