Sometimes, trying to explore N.W.O.B.H.M. movement it feels that just like a never ending journey. Troyen is one of these unsung heroes of the genre we love that never made it big, but they are still trying to find their place in the sun…
As it is your first interview on a Greek magazine please give us a mini bio about Troyen. How did you end up with this Greek related name?
We were originally called Trojan until we realized there was another band in the UK with the same name. So we decided to called ourselves Troyen which is French for Trojan and is inspired by 1858 Hector Berlioz opera Les Troyens.
Tell us more about Troyen from back in the early days. How difficult was to struggle to get noticed amongst so many good bands at the time?
It was really hard in pre internet days to get noticed it was down to hard work and gigging as often as possible. We did over 130 gigs in the two years we were together including support dates with Spider, Girlschool, Rhabstallion, and Diamond Head amongst others. We also enjoyed a six week European support tour with Nightwing. Troyen’s demo album of the same year was Gil Norton’s first ever studio job. At the time, Gil was just learning how to record, engineer and produce music. Gil’s current portfolio consists of work for the likes of The Pixies, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Counting Crows, Terrorvision and many more of the same calibre. The album sold out of two runs of 250 and Troyen enjoyed good radio play.
What happened in the years between then and now – did you/band members stay in the music business?
All the band got married had families and got full time jobs. We all dabbled in other bands over the years but none of any notoriety.
How did the reunion/reformation come about?
Jeff was contacted via Facebook by the organizers of Brofest asking if he was the “Jeff Baddley from Troyen and if he was could he put the band back together to appear at The Brofest#3 Festival as people had requested our appearance. He was still friends with Steve, playing in a covers band with him and via the power of the internet tracked down the other two original members Nick and Dave. The idea was to do the Brofest gig as a one off release a CD which we entitled “Finish What You Started” but such was the reception as Brofest that we decided we had to carry this on. We have since played festivals all over the UK and Europe including Heavy Metal Maniacs in Holland
We’d love to come to Greece!
As you played at Brofest tell how important do you think they are such events/festivals like that in order to get noticed again and help in general with the N.W.O.B.H.M. revival?
These festivals are great to play you are playing to big crowds of people who really appreciate your genre of music and who buy your merchandise.
You were the opening band for the Nightwing’s European Tour? Why haven’t you grabbed the opportunity for something bigger? Or it isn’t as easy as it seems for a band to succeed? How long is the way to the top if you wanna rock ‘ n roll?
When we finished the Nightwing tour we were asked to go back to tour on our own through a promoter in Vienna but the funding fell through. We continued to gig in the UK but broke up at the beginning of 1983. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time to get a breakthrough. The way to the top is never ending.
Why it took you so long really for your comeback?
We all went our separate ways when we split up. We had no idea there was any interest in us until we were contacted to do Brofest.
You were close enough to sign a deal with Neat Records. Why this never happened?
The promise of a contract with Neat records was for a three-track single and a possible LP. Rough demos for the single were done, but the band split prior to completion of the single
Talkin’ about record deals still you don’t have a record contract. Should we expect a release via a label soon of “Finish What You Started”?
We are looking at offers from a couple of labels but have to make the right deal for the band
To be really honest I was rather disappointed from the cover artwork that I think is a kind of sloppy. Don’t you think is important a cool artwork for an album?
Yeah the art work was rushed to get the CD out on a limited budget we agree it could have been better.
Who’s responsible for the music in the band? Who’s responsible about the lyrics? How important are the lyrics for your music?
Steve, Nick and Jeff all write lyrics and music with different styles but we all collaborate on the ideas when a member brings an idea to the table. Lyrics are very important they tell the story of the track the meaning and the mood of the writer at the time.
What next for Troyen – future plans, recoding, gigs.
We have summer gigs and festivals in UK and Europe planned to coincide with the release of an EP to be called “Storm Child”. We hope to release another full album in 2018 hopefully on a label,
The closing is yours.
We love doing what we do are have loved to opportunity bring Troyen to the world again, we will play as long as people want us to and appreciate what we do and play where ever they want us to play.
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